Lifetravelled- Aussie couple hitting the road to Argentina -in Argentina

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by lifetravelled, May 17, 2018.

  1. powderzone

    powderzone Been here awhile

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    Enjoying your RR. Be careful as you head further inland. The altitude and cold can dull your response time - combined with Peruvian/ Bolivian drivers...well, just take care.

    That said, the area you’re heading towards is gorgeous. I’ll look forward to seeing pics.
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  2. lifetravelled

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    Thanks Geezerguy, we are doing our best We did some shopping in Cusco which has kept us warmer.
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  3. lifetravelled

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    Haha, we have tried to keep it sunny but you can't always win, we have had a total of 4 days of riding in real rain since the start of the trip, 2 of those in the US so we have been pretty lucky. It's wet season here so I think our luck is running out.

    Thanks for following along.
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    Thanks dan, no it's all natural, I wonder the same thing as sand dunes shift in the winds, I reminded Stef of that fact in the buggy as she was saying don't worry thing guy drives this track all the time, track is different from the day before....
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  5. lifetravelled

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    Thanks Powderzone, yeah Peruvian drivers.... Enough said. Tho we were in bus today and I was like wish I was on the bike....
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  6. lifetravelled

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    We arrived into Cusco by around 430pm, our hostel - El Tuco, owned by a guy called Coco, awesome guy large private rooms with private bath with breakfast and full kitchen run at $18, has secure parking and he is super helpful, we stored the bike and luggage there while we visited Machu Picchu. We headed for the square and wondered around town a little, grabbed some stickers for the bike some coco lollies and just enjoyed walking around town.

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    That cathedral has two towers full of bells...ever hear them ring?
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    Not yet, probably can't hear it over the car horns....
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  9. rt1500

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    Hope you post some pictures from Machu Picchu!
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  10. lifetravelled

    lifetravelled Been here awhile

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    They are on the way shortly.
  11. lifetravelled

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    Some more from Cusco, everything costs for in Cusco, especially food.

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    The next day our only real plans were to sort out Machu Picchu and buy some more warmer stuff.

    We decided to splurge and take the train and it was all super easy to do, we first went to the Official Peru Culture office and purchased our tickets, they are now allocated hourly, we bought on a Monday for Wednesday and were able to get the 6am time slot which is the earliest and the first to sell out, (keep in mind its Feb the slowest time of year) always get the earliest slot if you go in the morning, if you have a morning slot you can enter anytime after tour slot but before 12 so it gives you the most flexibility. We were told the morning was the least likely to rain (keep in mind it's Feb - the wettest month).

    The guy was super helpful and tickets were purchased in about 5 mins, you need your passport for the ticket. We met a French rider who was in line, he had his Translap out the front, he was travelling north and we exchanged details and gave each other some tips. He planned to ride to Hydro Electric and walk up, knowing that the bridge was missing but he was going to try, he emailed us later to tell us he tried and the water was 0ver 18 inches, he crossed eventually but had to turn round as he was running out of day light, said it was a tough ride.

    So with tickets bought we headed to the Peru Rail, it felt like a first class lounge in the office, super nice people and super helpful, because they don't run the train the whole way in wet season they charged the same amount for the half journey (what most do as its much cheaper and catch the bass half way) with "free" bus transfers from Cusco, so it was way easier than we thought, train tickets were $87 each way pp.

    So we were all done in about 30 mins for both, no one hassling us, no dodgy tour operations, too easy tho expensive.

    We spent some time at the market and then Stef had the biggest soup of the trip it had half a chicken in it.

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    Next day we headed for the train station, we were the last to arrive -20 mins before departure- they put us on a super nice bus I have never had so much leg room, just the 2 of us, everyone else had already left on other buses so off we went with some crew members.

    Arrived at the train station in about 2 hours and boarded the train shorty after, train was super nice and the service was excellent, Perurail from start to finish run a excellent business and we happy we did it this way.

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    We arrive Aguas Calientes and headed for our hotel, we then wondered the town not much to really see but we had a relaxing time.

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    We had lunch at the local market, the only reasonable place in town, stefs soup looked pretty good.

    We spent the afternoon in our hotel on the excellent wifi watching YouTube, the laziest afternoon of the trip but we had not much else to do and it was nice.

    Our hotel packed lunches for us for the next day which included these ritz type crackers - taste better than they sound.

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    There is a North American style bar in the corner of the square called Norton Rat's Tavern. Plays good music but a little pricy.
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    Thanks for the recommendation.
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    Sorry for the lack of updates, it's been a combination of bad wifi, too tired and just feeling flat, we arrived in La Paz today and I will attempt to catch up a little while we are here. Thanks all for following.
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    So the big day had come, one I was almost nervous about, what if it's not as good as it seems, overhyped kinda of thing. We woke up at 530am, got ready and went downstairs our hostel had prepared lunch bag for us, a cheese roll 2 bananas, 2 oranges, juice box and crackers. So we squeezed both large bags into our back pack, left our dry bag at reception (they said they would store but still on the seat when we returned).

    We headed down to the bus stop around 620am, there was a huge line for 7am ticket holders but none for us as we had 6am ticket we jumped on the bus then a tour group filled it and we were off. The drive up is was fairly scary, both Stef and I would have both felt more confortable on the Moto.

    We arrived walked straight in and climbed the stairs to get our first look and guess what it exceeded our expectations, we both loved it, there was some cloud but made for a nice view, then it lifted and we had an hour of sunshine, total we were up there 3 hours and no rain in Feb! It rained again at around 1230 but we were sitting in the French bakery back in town.

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    We have seen plenty of llamas, alpacas and vicuñas In our travels of Ecuador and Peru, wild, livestock and set up for tourists but there is still something cool about seeing them up here.

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