Being lazy bastards does have its benefits. But lazy demands its piece of flesh in return. Going up the one mountain for an hour or 3 We were looking to skip Lima and wanted to stay inland. But Peru being Peru there are no easy shortcuts. The Andes Mountains make bloody sure of that. So it was either Lima or way back into the Amazon area, both of which would have taken a long time sitting on tar....just, not a freaking option. So for a day we sat and worked on a route, contemplating our way. Then go down the other side for an hour or two. The biggest hurdle, no Starbucks on the route we eventually decided on! Can you believe that shit? The terrain and landscape are intense and a bit overwhelming, the size of it all so close but yet it feels like being in space. In the end, the route looked dodgy and there were pins on ioverlander.com that mentioned the ONE bridge, a pillar of society, we had to cross was not in good standing. The other small conundrum, the routes we could route with our maps sets were a bit vague and did not work. So we had to route it in sections and the time the GPS showed was a long day in the saddle. We threw caution to the wind and decided to take a chance and just ask as we go if that ONE bridge we have to cross is passable. That is, of course, if there's a local to be found to ask; if the bridge wasn't passable it meant backtracking and riding another 8-10 hours. Lucky for us it was and the river was not in full rage flood. No barriers, no people, there's nothing around for miles. This is why we keep on asking people riding alone to use SPOT or Garmin or some sort of tracker when shit happens in places like this they will never find you. And there are so many places we ride that is like this, it is easy to just disappear into thin air when you go over a cliff. The reward of being lazy was that we found a Rainbow gorge, something so spectacular we lost a few hours taking photos and riding slowly to immerse ourselves into the incredible landscape. It is so nice finding these little gems. We talked about, how strange it was that a place like this was not on the main tourist attractions list of Peru. No tourists, as it is nearly impossible for tourists to venture there.; and now that we have seen the real Rainbow mountain this mountain range was way more epic than the real one. Okay, it's a close tie. This was an hour or decent into the riverbed to make it through all the switchbacks. Straight down it would not have been more than mile or something.