After nearly 3 weeks in Peru, it was time to go from my last stop in Puno and across the border by motorbike into La Paz, Bolivia. The trip would take me following across mostly on paved roads and swept along high altitude valleys for most of the way through a variety of weather conditions. Thankfully there was little to no traffic on this road as it is the northernmost border town from Peru to Bolivia.
Peru by Motorbike
The moment you enter Peru, you know you are in heaven. This is probably the most archaeologically rich country in the world. From Machu Picchu to the heavenly mountains of the Andes. The riding is spectacular and the food and culture equally diverse. I would spend a few weeks here, visiting Cusco, Jaen, Trujillo, and taking a days motorbike trip through the Sacred Valley. The country has a surprise around every corner. I had to stop off a few times on the side of the road to do some maintenance, and my front tire began leaking air at an accelerated rate, something I would have to endure for my entire journey.
My base for Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley would be Cusco, a city on a mountain with fantastic views and a great old town. I also witnessed first hand how the police treat the indigenous peoples of this great country, and it was demoralizing to see.
Considering the value these peoples bring to tourism in this country it is something that really stopped me in my tracks, not only what they did, but the seeming enjoyment that got out of the raid.