Bolivia trip so far ... one month in!

Discussion in 'Latin America' started by artia, Oct 13, 2012.

  1. Misery Goat

    Misery Goat Positating the negative Super Moderator

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    The route through Celendin/Chachapoyas/Quelap is worth experiencing..I wouldn't miss it just to make time.
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  2. roadspirit

    roadspirit Been here awhile

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    Hello Kevin,
    until crashmaster gives his thoughts, regarding your first question:
    we are currently pinned at Huaraz, waiting for the rain to pass... it's really heavy and it ruins all riding. So we took time to ask around. So, people here said that there are plenty of lodgings and campsites along the detours, as well as after reaching the other side of the cordillera blanca, which is just a day's ride if the dirt roads don't get clogged with mud, something which, currently, is very highly possible :(
    There is a booklet that you can get at the tourist office of the city, with local maps and the lodging locations.

    I'm also eagerly waiting for crashmaster's answer regarding your other 2 questions, as it is something that is on our plans for the next weeks. The only info that I got from a german guy here in huaraz who entered peru a few days ago, is that the route south from Loja (Ecuador) to the border crossing to San Ignacio (Peru) is full of mud and is a hard riding, for the time being.
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  3. artia

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    roadspirit - thanks for the heads up! We're leaving Cusco now and have a 1000km ride ahead of us to Huanuco which I think will take us 3-4 days. Do you know if its all asphalt up to that point or will we have some slow, muddy riding ahead of us? Also, do you know of any sites that show a reliable forecast for peru (storm radar too) so we can be prepared for the rest of the ride?

    Any tips until crashmaster gets back to us? :D:evil
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  4. roadspirit

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    I just saw this, I'm sorry I couldn't answer it earlier. So I'll just give you an update for the other regions we rode up until now. The main road west of the cordilera blanca, from Conocha lake to Huaraz, to Caraz, to Yungai and up to about 18 kilometers before Huallanca is paved, easy & fast riding. 18 kilometers before Huallanca the road is dirt and essentially is the start of the amazing Canon del Pato, don't miss it! I could ride fast there, so for your light bikes it will be a piece of cake. There are no lodgings in the canyon and camping can be difficult, I wouldn't do it.

    Then we headed to the coast. Boring coast, blah blah ...

    Next mountain route that we took, from the coast follow the PE-08 road to Cajamarca, all paved, gradually climbs up, twisty, great views. From Cajamarca to Celendin is 110 kms, most of it dirt, and it took us 5 hours! Heavy rain has caused landslides and there are parts of that road that were completely covered by mud. There were construction crews working on repairing the road, so I don't know if it is better now, keep in mind though that since we passed from there - 4 days ago - has not stopped raining.
    From Celendin : the road starts dirt but hard-packed, no mud, so we could ride fast even in rain. Gradually it climbs up, and mud starts appearing but not so much that could cause problems. The ride IS amazing, even though we were covered by rainclouds most of the time and had not views of the scenery below us. The first 55 kms are very, very slow, super twisty, countless hairpins. Then we reach Balsa, a small village next to the river. Imediately after the bridge the road becomes paved again for the next ~ 25-30 kms.
    After that, it's dirt again, the scenery is super, but the ride is slow. There are scheduled road closings every day on that part that last about 2-3 hours. We were stopped 3 times, 2 because of landslides, and 1 because of scheduled road works. After the last mountain pass (can't remember the name), the road starts descending to Leimebamba, it is a fast smooth dirt ride. From Leimebamba is flat dirt, you can go really fast, to Chachapoyas (where we are at the moment).

    We are leaving tomorrow and sadly we are NOT taking the road to San Ignacio because all info is against that at the moment. Road closures, land slides etc... it is not going to be fun.
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  5. crashmaster

    crashmaster ow, my balls!

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    Kevin, did you guys get stuck in Colombia, never to be heard from again? :lol3 :rofl
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  6. roadspirit

    roadspirit Been here awhile

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    We met them in the Tulcan-Ipiales border, November 24th. Sent kevin a pm, but no response.
    Where are you guys? Everything ok?
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