Zig-zagging up, zig-zagging downFrom the pass to the bottom of the valley, sleep, repeat! The thorns made camping difficult but the nights of a thousand stars make it beautiful. Its about roads and villages under construction due to the rainy season, which leaves many spots full of clay tongues.The alternativeIncredible lakes in the best route change we've made so far! Cactus with hundred years and a pizza that will never arrive. A ghost town that had nothing after a mineral tongue exploding from the mountain.Devouring stagesThe encounter with the bicycles on the other side of the ocean and the energy of the beginning of the second part. What are the reasons for the changes in route and the final destination of this long journey.Good VibesOn this trip is rare to spend time with other people, whether foreigners or locals. However, we had very nice experiences when we stopped pedalling to rest and so we are grateful to all the people that hosted us treated us like we were part of their family!Inca ruinsPeru’s history has accompanied us from the beginning of the journey. The essence and power that some places transmit are so magical! Every time we step on an area of ruins Incas we have the feeling that there is still so much to discover.The Salkantay traverseWe left Abancay with our eyes fixed on the Salkantay, a 6271m giant with an equally named pass at its feet and a 4630m mark on it. This was our way to the Machu Picchu, not the most common, but certainly the most beautiful!The beginning of the endWhy did we return before we had planned? A difficult and slow decision that turned into a very fast and easy return. Interruptions to the route and the rainy season that caught us before crossing the Bolivian border. Map and infos about the planned but not cycled route.Huancayo: Junín’s capitalWe were heading to Huancavelica (blue marker with a bed on the map), a big city where we were planning to rest for some days. Before that, though, we arrived to Huancayo (green marker). How? Ariadna.Punta Pumacocha 4.990mAfter two months we reached the highest point, Punta Pumacocha pass at 4.990m. It was a stretch we were looking for, a thrilling goal for both. The thin air is against us but the moment will be magic.The first crashIt is a demanding trip, I am aware that my skills on the bicycle are low and that I have to work hard every day! Once on the ground, though, insecurities flood you and voices ask you what are you doing here, you are not made for this.From 0 to 4.690mThe best way to acclimatise is progressively, thus we decided to climb to the Andean spine from sea level in Lima. Once up top, we started following the Perú Divide, a well-know cycle-touring route that crosses the whole country.Landing into the Cordillera BlancaFirst steps once we landed in Peru, meeting my sister Gisela after a year and first days acclimatising in the highest and most spectacular Cordillera in Peru: La Cordillera Blanca. Some gender based mechanicals and first thoughts of the journey.The whyThe reasons for a trip of these characteristics in Latin America. Our motivations to make a zero waste journey and what we call low impact bikepacking, thoughts on the ecological footprint and economical implications of traveling.Who we areProject partners, adding concerns, energies and visions. A wild and cluttered way is our motivation, understanding structures and violence, the discomfort generates learning and roped up the path is safer.
APPROACHING CYCLING TO PEOPLE BY MAKING THE EXPERIENCE AN ADVENTURE AND A LEARNING WHILE ENHANCING THE CARE OF THE ENVIRONMENT AND REDUCING THE IMPACT