Three weeks in Peru

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  1. gavo

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    Wife and I have decided to spend three weeks in Peru two of which will be on a motorcycle.:D
    I'm having trouble with the notebook and video camera so I'll leave the video editing until I get home.
    Flew from Brisbane to Auckland to Santiago, over night then Lima to Cusco.
    I'll never bag someone for claiming jet lag again, slept 10hrs in 72 and then the altitude in Cusco was all I needed.
    Anyway after some recovery we walked around town a bit (our hotel is out of the tourist area)and payed the balance on the bike. A Honda XL700 transalp I originally booked a KLR650 but that was needed for a long term rental so I got a free upgrade.
    This guy had amazing flutes and whistles some using water to move air
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    and seems Peruvians love a parade as we found out
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    the next day we picked up the bike and stopped at the bank in the Plaza de arms only to get stuck there because a parade started while I was at the atm:lol3

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    Note the brand new touratech luggage:D
    any way after about an hour of this we finally got underway for Ollantaytambo via Pisac
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    Curious where you picked up your bike...I'm heading down shortly and have not confirmed where to get my bike....anything you can share?

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  3. gavo

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    Got the bike from peru motors.com in Cusco arranged it online, Alejandro luna castro owns the business but he has a canadian girl there who is brilliant but I can't remember her name ,she'll hate me for that:lol3
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    Ollyantaytambo,Puno and Arequipa. we like to spend some time in one area and do day trips from a base.
    There's so much to see you have to bite the bullet and say see a small area well rather than alarge area sparsley, god I could spend 6 months here:D
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  5. gavo

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    The ride out of Cusco was good just ride straight up the road where the bike shop is, Peruvian towns (the bigger ones) seem to have a lot of one way streets which the GPS doesn't know.
    A shot over Cusco as we are leaving
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    And a random road shot on the way to Pisaq our first stop.

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    The little town of Pisaq

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    And some ruins and valley shots near Pisaq
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    It's great to see a Sacred Valley ride report :clap:clap

    The flights, time zone changes and altitude must have required some adjustment:deal

    I rented from Alex Luna / Peru Moto Tours in 2012 and really enjoyed the experience:freaky


    All the Best,

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    Keep it coming mate :freaky
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    Well I finally got the spyware bug out of my notebook and it runs soooo much better.Unforunately my helmet cam is still dead:cry
    Anyway, after Pisaq, back on the road to Ollyantaytambo,
    Some points to learn when riding here,
    1 They're on the opposite side of the road (for me) from home,only one small incident.
    2 Get used to oncoming traffic using your side of the road whether you're there or not.I've seen more than one car pull off the road because of trucks.
    3 Speed humps on the highway WTF. big ones that slow you down to15kph or risk bouncing the wife off the back:rofl , most have warning signs before them, some don't, most are painted yellow, some aren't.
    4 speed limits, no overtaking signs and double yellow lines are to be ignored.
    So I adapted:lol3
    So we arrive in Ollyantaytambo and Google maps ain't that accurate and I ended going up this lane

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    I found an american who's local friend pointed me in the right direction:D
    Next day it's off to the ruins :clap

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    See what appears to be apartments in the middle od the far hill, that's where I climbed to in the afternoon

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    And the view from the far side

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    So lets get this straight......your learning to drive on the wrong side of the road.......your walking up mountains instead of riding.........and your doing this report in real time?? I applaud your efforts!!

    Drive careful......my first lesson when riding in Peru was "NEVER stop for pedestrians as the guy behind you is not expecting you to stop.
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    So after 2 nights in Ollantaytambo it was on the road again back through Pisaq and to Sicuani
    Stop for a coke
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    And the Neighbor:D

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    I will have some road footage which I'll edit and post when home as the video camera was still working at this time.
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    The GPS was in the bag as I couldn't find a suitable mounting point so we were just following town names we'd written down off the map:evil
    Mistake,A little confusion with towns starting with the letter H lead us to take a turn over this bridge
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    Up into the mountains we head higher and higher
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    great views

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    Some rock slides and very little traffic, rapidly falling temp I'm thinking something is wrong, out with the map we goofed turn around back down the mountain back over that bridge the wife walked it this time and back on the right road to Sicuani And I'll have to thank Charapa an inmate here for putting us on to this one
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    I'm not Quite writing this in real time about 8 days behind and yesterday the 20th was a crappy day , more about that later.
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    The ride to Puno was fairly uneventful if you can call spectacular scenery uneventful. Although When we got to Juliaca we got lost as the gps was still in the pannier, we just had to follow the traffic on the highway through town:evil well there were huge road works just into town and the traffic just seemed to disappear:lol3 so I started to follow this work truck, you see lots on the highway, I thought he was going through so after much traffic and many twists and turns--- he parks:eek1 wtf so we blunder on to find the cause of the chaos was a wedding, we rode through it and took what looked like a main road in right? direction but it petered out.So park out with the notebook(mapsource)and the gps get co ordinates off gps find us in mapsource and find a way ouyt of backblock juliaca.:clap I found the town to be a bit of a shithole:puke1
    then on the hway to Puno.

    A few random road shots
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    The cause of the chaos

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    And coming into and our first glimpse of Lake Titicaca

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    And the church at Plaza De Arms Puno
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    Some pic's around Puno day1
    the foreshore of lake Titicaca
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    At a market on the street, lot's of different kinds of Potato's
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    Local vendor

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    And I've seen some very arresting women in uniform:evil

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    and these a some pc's and vid's of a parade in the plaza de arms, I don't know what the occasion was but a large number of the marchers were in the health care field and some were very serious about their marching:lol3
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  13. SimonUK

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    Fantastic!

    What a change from when I was there 25 years ago. No Sedero Luminoso by the looks of it which is no bad thing. Roads...didnt have them in the late 80's. It was all mud tracks. Hiring bikes? No chance back then, only a pony or you walked. Still as colourful though, both the scenery and the people.

    Didn't spot any roast guinea pigs. Has the cuisine gone all upmarket?

    I picked up a hideous foot condition on Amantani or Taquile, the islands at Lake Titicaca and a botfly larva in my arm. Still got the bloody foot thing but got rid of the botfly problem when it started wriggling around in my arm some months later.

    Did you get to Saksaywamen?
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    No didn't get to Saksaywamen,and haven't tried the Guinea pig although it's freely available, tried some alpca, it was fine but had a stomach bug the last three days:eek1
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    You've got some great pictures and videos there. Really looks like a good trip. Hope the stomach settles down. Try killing the germs with pisco sours!
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    Me and the missus 'SturgisChick' might be in 'Norton Rats' (Cusco Plaza) tonight (25th) for 'Oktoberfest' if you're still around for a drink.
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    Missed it , left 6am 25th, bummer
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    Back home now , so back to the RR
    Today the 13th Oct we decided to go for a ride on the road that follows the coast of Titicaca and see what we can:D
    Harvested Totora reeds, these are used for many things including building Islands
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    Some shots on the road to Juli which is as far as we went

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    And I think this town centre was at Acora

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    We stopped in Juli at a local vendor and bought 4 bread rolls, a bottle of water and a bottle of Inca Kola for 2 sole, about 80cent Australian and had lunch by the lake

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    We cut back through Juli

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    and some more pic's on the way back

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    Just out side Puno there was another Police road block and we get pulled over, I had been warned the bike 's papers would say one person however sometimes they say 2, its just random what they type but the rider is a given and I'm allowed to carry 1 passenger. However sometimes the police try to pull a quick one:evil , he says not allowed to carry passenger so after about 20 mins and him sticking a spanish rule book under my nose:huh it came out, MONEY he wanted 50 sole ( about $20 Oz ) to let us go:puke1
    By this time I thought screw it so I got the phrase book out and said we would go to the police station to sort it :wink: surprise we were suddenly allowed to go no "fine" :lol3
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    Next Day we did the Lake trip , Taquile and Uros islands.
    The lake is truly a magnificent body of water its a shame the locals don't look after it a bit better.
    Taquile island was worth the look

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    One of the local lads

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    And you don't see a cow drinking at the beach every day
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    Uros was a big dissappointment I don't think this was the real thing just a made for tourists island I could see the real ones( much bigger in the distance) the floating islands were something i wanted to see after watching a doco many years ago :puke1
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    And i spied this later on

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    All up Lake Titicaca was great but Uros thing left me a bit pissed off.
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    Next Day 15th Oct
    Decided on trip to Sillustani to see the Chullpas, ancient burial tombs.
    Another pic coming out of Puno, I never tire of the scenery:D

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    Some interesting farm houses along the road here

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    And the site itself

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    and a bit closer

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    The site was a good one , not crowded, lots of information boards and cheap entry:D

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    This pic shows the inner chamber

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    And this lizard carved on the outside

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    And a little Panoramic taken up on top of the site.

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