Peru in the rainy season a bad idea?

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  1. snackinabox

    snackinabox Aaaw...nice marmot!

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    I am thinking of flying down to Lima and renting a Honda XR Tornado 250cc (or chinese copy) out of Huanuco, Peru for a 10 day solo trip in late February/early March 2018.

    No camping planned (moto rental company advised against camping that time of year), but I want to see Machu Picchu, Sacred Valley, Lake Titicaca, Arequipa, and Nazca Lines. And of course, ride some awesome roads paved or not!

    I hear that is the rainy season, anybody have any experience riding down there that time of year? I don't want to spend the whole trip riding in the rain, what should I expect?

    Also, please mention anything I definitely should see or do not already mentioned. Am I trying to fit in too much stuff in too little time?

    About me: 43 years old, live in Colorado, started riding 5 years ago, been riding a DR650 all over Colorado and the Southwest for the past 3 years when I can get away from the beautiful place I live. Never been to S. America, just thought this would be a cool cheap fly and ride and a great way to ride in S. America without selling everything I own and leaving for a year!

    Thanks in advance!
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  2. jonz

    jonz Miles are my mantra

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    I was there around your time frame and had a great time. Remember, lots of coastal Peru including Nazca is in the Atacama desert, one of the driest places on earth.
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    snackinabox Aaaw...nice marmot!

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    Thank you, I wasn't thinking about the desert so much as the mountains!
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    jonz Miles are my mantra

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    It was cool to cold with intermittent rain when we rode to Titicaca and I was glad to stay overnight in a hotel. Cusco and Machu Picchu were fine. Once again, we got intermittent rain but was mostly nice. If I had it to do over again, I'd ride to the hydroelectric power plant and either hike or take the train from there to Aguas Calientes. then take the bus ride up. If you want to hike Huayna Picchu, you need a reservation. We didn't have one so couldn't even sneak there as they have it pretty tightly controlled. I wanted to ride the Salar de Uyuni but it was flooded that time of the year and that's in Bolivia anyway. That was the only real rain related problem we had.
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    I am also planning to rent a bike from Toby (I assume this is your source) in late feb/early march for a week. My finacee and I are looking into a week loop from Huanuco to Huaraz and through the "Peruvian alps".

    Keep me posted on your timeline and maybe we can grab some Pisco somewhere!
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    snackinabox Aaaw...nice marmot!

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    Yes, I've been emailing with Toby. He's been really helpful with info while I'm trying to figure all this out. I like your idea, that area looks pretty cool! I realized I had to scale back my plans (10 days not enough time to do all that stuff I listed above). I'll keep you posted!
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