My cycle challenge from Machu Picchu to the Amazon 2014

After 22 hours travelling we arrived in Cusco and spent the afternoon exploring the city (including many tiring steps) to acclimatise to the altitude.

And after dinner and a good night's sleep, we were up at the crack of dawn for the journey to Machu Picchu and the touristy bit of our trip.

I guess most have seen pictures of this ancient Inca city before but the reality of being there was breath-taking (and not just because of the 8,000ft altitude).

It was the next day (after the inevitable early start again) that we eventually took to our bikes for an “easy” day's cycle at altitude on good roads along the Sacred Valley with few gradients.

Easy if my gears had worked properly!

The next day we were to set off on the road that crosses the Andes after visiting the local market.

An easy downhill run into Paucartambo before we started on two days of steep ascent through cloud and rain to arrive cold and wet to camp at Tres Cruces at 15,000ft.

But the next morning, our 4:00am call roused us to see a glorious sunrise at the top of the world.

The two days downhill through jungle were not so tiring on the legs but were demanding on the arms and concentration as we attempted to avoid the boulders that could have precipitated us over the crumbly edge of the road to a drop of hundreds of feet.

But we eventually reached our destination – the River Amazon where we removed the road grime with an enjoyable swim.

A tough challenge but some great experiences.

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