After spending a rough night in Abancay, Peru I had a nice slow ride into Cusco, Peru which is where I would base myself for a few days for my trips to Machu Pichu and the Sacred Valley. It would take me over 4 hours to get to Cusco, Peru taking in around 128 miles (192 kilometers) mostly on the paved roads and hugging the Andes.
South America is a continent located in the western hemisphere, mostly in the southern hemisphere, with a relatively small portion in the northern hemisphere.
After spending one night in Nazca, Peru I had another long day riding to Abancay, Peru which is where I would spend only one night and make my way onto Cusco to use as my base for going to Machu Pichu, Peru. It would take me over 9 hours to get to Abancay, Peru taking in around 290 miles (462 kilometers) diving deep into the Andes again and then across the high plains.
After spending five nights in Lima, Peru I had another long day riding to Nazca, Peru which is where I would spend only one night and make my way onto Abancay before my next major destination in Cusco, Peru. It would take me over 7 hours to get to Nazca, Peru taking in around 278 miles (442 kilometers) mostly on the paved roads and hugging the west side of the Andes.
After spending only two nights in Trujillo, Peru I had another long day riding to Lima, Peru which is where I would spend only one night. It would take me 10 hours to get to Lima, Peru taking in around 375 miles (586 kilometers) mostly on the paved roads and hugging the South Pacific Ocean.
After spending only two nights in Jaén, Peru I had a long day riding to Trujillo, Peru which is where I would spend only one night. It would take me a massive 13 hours to get to Trujillo, Peru taking in around 400 miles (625 kilometers) mostly on the paved roads. The biggest feature of this ride was going from the dense, lush rainforests into the barren mountains and windswept deserts of Peru.
After spending the New Years in Vilcabamba, Ecuador, I readied myself with the border crossing at La Balza on my way to Jaén, Peru. The trip would take me more than 10 hours and 200 miles (313 kilometers) across mostly on off-road dirt tracks through the Andes mountain ranges.
After spending only one night in Cuenca, Ecuador, I had a long trip to Vilcabamba, Ecuador via Guayaquil.Vilcabamba is a small town nestled in a valley surrounded by gorgeous mountains. Vilcabamba is where I would spend New Year’s Eve and get myself ready for the border crossing to into Peru. The ride was a long one, mainly because I stopped so many times and also took my AirDog Drone out on top of a gorgeous little mountain
After spending 4 nights in Quito Ecuador, I needed to get back on the road and the 290+ miles (487 kilometres) to Cuenca, Ecuador. The ride would take me deep into the Andes Ranges and would take over 8 hours. It was so great to get on the road again and driving high up mountains and then deep into the valleys through some spectacular villages on my way to Cuenca was a treat I had been missing for a while.
From my base in Quito Ecuador, I spent the day visiting the Historic Centre and the Middle of the World – Manuel Cordova Galarza, Quito, Ecuador. I will tell you from the outset I am an in and out traveller in regards to major tourist attractions and both these are no exceptions. I would probably avoid these places on weekends.
From my base in Quito Ecuador, I decided to take the Quilotoa Loop. which is a remote circuit that crosses through mountain villages such as Quilotoa, Latacunga, Saquisilí, Chugchilán, Sigchos, Zumbahua, Toacazo, Guangaje, Isinliví and Tigua. I took off early morning and made my way up to the mountain. The first part of the trip was mainly along the highway, then as you enter the loop you circle up high into the mountains and the roads are well paved and fun.