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Old 10-02-2012, 02:57 PM   #3676
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Great roads Mark !!!
Thanks for sharing...
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Old 10-02-2012, 03:30 PM   #3677
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They DO have some big ciggggaarretes in that country.
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Old 10-02-2012, 03:33 PM   #3678
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Wonderful to once again be able to see the places that I won't get to. Thanks for spending all the time it takes to continue to do this. It is much appreciated.
Thanks for taking the time to read the ride report and enjoy!
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Old 10-02-2012, 04:16 PM   #3679
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Yup was a 9 hour ride, but weather was great and I had a great day! Yes I will ride Canon de Colca after I spend some time in Cusco

It looked like you could find someplace to stay in Chalhuanca or Abancay
Your pics make it loo like it's paved the whole way. It didn't used to be.

p.s. Those llama like animals in the picture are vicunas. They were hunted almost to extiction to make sweaters for gringos in the '50s. Right in that area they figured out how to raise them and get the wool without killing them. It's more complicated that you would imagine.
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Old 10-02-2012, 07:49 PM   #3680
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Oh won't I be grilling you for info when I'm ready to embark on my journey :) Thanks for the write up I've been enjoying it since you started. Such a great positive outlook on life and such little rain on your trip what a lucky guy ;)
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Old 10-02-2012, 09:26 PM   #3681
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Your pics make it loo like it's paved the whole way. It didn't used to be.
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Mostly. But some stretches of gravel along the river riding... But it was all good! I thought it was a great ride!
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Old 10-02-2012, 09:27 PM   #3682
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Oh won't I be grilling you for info when I'm ready to embark on my journey :)
feel free! I will help if I can!
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Old 10-03-2012, 06:30 AM   #3683
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p.s. Those llama like animals in the picture are vicunas. They were hunted almost to extiction to make sweaters for gringos in the '50s. Right in that area they figured out how to raise them and get the wool without killing them. It's more complicated that you would imagine.
And I just thought this was it...... But you are right. We live and Learn here in ADV rider!! Thanks Pete

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Old 10-03-2012, 11:04 AM   #3684
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Old 10-03-2012, 11:08 AM   #3685
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Cusco.... Staying in the City for awhile

Part of traveling is taking time to enjoy the surroundings, the people and the places. Cusco is an inter nation Destination in South America because to the proximity to Machu Picchu. It has a cool colonial feel in the heart of the city. It is also full of tourists from all over coming to trek, sightsee etc. Just the facts.

The Plaza de Armas is a great spot to hang out day and night.



Great architecture ......











And it has gathering places like the Norton Rats Pub with a long history of motorcycle travelers coming through.





I hung out their last night and met "V" from NJ and some of his local friends, and a few other travelers as well.


The colorful dress of the local Peruvian women with their bags tied over their backs....



more traditionally dress people around the park, but some is just based on tourism....



These nice ladies let me take their photo..... But of course they wanted some Soles for the privilege.... I hardly ever do this, but wanted a shot close up of the Llama's with their Earings to show someone owns them.





Lots of cobblestone streets



and sections that they are rebuilding by hand.



I like the stone facades and wooden windows.



Big fountain in the middle of the square.



Spent the day enjoying some sights and arranging more spanish school. I start tomorrow for 8 days of spanish classes.... Know that it will tax my brain, but be helpful in getting to know more, and be able to communicate!
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Old 10-03-2012, 11:26 AM   #3686
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I love the Llama with the tassel earring !!!
Plus I have a special place in my heart for Llamas and Camels ...
Thanks Mark.. Keep the wonderful photos coming ...
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Old 10-03-2012, 12:43 PM   #3687
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Well Radioman, I have been following since the beginning. You have pushed me over the edge. My sportbike is for sale, and I will be leaving my job. You may get asked a few questions but I hope I can create a report one half as entertaining as yours.

First question. How are you picking hostels/hotels? Is it just with that great thing called google, seat of your pants, lonely planet, adv etc?


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Old 10-03-2012, 01:05 PM   #3688
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First question. How are you picking hostels/hotels? Is it just with that great thing called google, seat of your pants, lonely planet, adv etc?
Shane, Thanks for following along ;)

Hostels/hotels...... I use many different ways, if I can get them recommendations always are top of my list. Looking for sure bike parking is a must. I use ADV, Lonely Planet guides, google, and whatever I can find. In Mexico we used the guides to get us to an area of town then just looked around and decided.

If I have a long day or getting into a huge city I prefer to have something figured out for a day or two so that I can get settled then explore and change as needed. Part of the big reason I share the resources /prices links is to help others.

Best of Luck on whatever you decide to do!!
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Old 10-03-2012, 02:45 PM   #3689
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Shane, Thanks for following along ;)

Hostels/hotels...... I use many different ways, if I can get them recommendations always are top of my list. Looking for sure bike parking is a must. I use ADV, Lonely Planet guides, google, and whatever I can find. In Mexico we used the guides to get us to an area of town then just looked around and decided.

If I have a long day or getting into a huge city I prefer to have something figured out for a day or two so that I can get settled then explore and change as needed. Part of the big reason I share the resources /prices links is to help others.

Best of Luck on whatever you decide to do!!
Great ride report

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Old 10-03-2012, 08:12 PM   #3690
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Rolled into Cusco just after 6PM and it was dark. The GPS actually took me within a block of the hostal that I had booked. They were expecting me, had garage space !! Was a great day, now looking forward to some down time in Cusco and exploring the sights, learning some more spanish and seeing Machu Picchu. It is a real tourist destination..... but it will be fun for a couple weeks !
great report Mark. I'm insanely jealous.

keep an eye out for the white Nacho vanagon. their report today says they're in Ollantaytambo near Machu Picchu as well. their Facebook seems to have the most current info. (http://www.drivenachodrive.com)

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