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River camp to Ayacucho

Distance: 38miles

Av speed: 9.6 mph

Moving time: 3 hours 45

Trip time: 5 hours


Up early to arrive in Ayacucho for 1pm for a much needed afternoon of rest and recuperation after seven tough and sweaty days.


We decided to treat ourselves to a nicish hotel with huge comfy beds and breakfast included!


A very enjoyable beer in the evening looking back on all that we had achieved over the past few days.


Ayacucho to Huanta

Distance: 37 miles

Av speed: 8.7

Moving time: 4 hours 5

Trip time: 5 hours 40


A frustrating day as our departure from Ayacucho was delayed by the laundry lady who returned our clothes still wet and still smelly. This meant we couldn’t leave until 3pm so we spent the morning doing what hungry cyclists do and ate our weight in ice cream.


Ayacucho was actually really nice in the centre and so we weren’t complaining and it very much appreciated a bit more resting time.


Back on the road we foolishly followed our mapping app that said the road was a shortcut but instead had to battle for two hours with some of the worst road conditions we have experienced on the trip. This meant a long cycle in the dark again as we tried to get some miles in.


Ended up eating in the busy town of Huanta. Each time it amazes us that you can get a two course meal all for £1. Ended up camping by the side of the road just outside the town, in ear shot of what felt like every dog in Peru!


Huanta to Quichuas

Distance: 70miles

Average speed: 9.6mph

Moving time: 7h04

Door to door: 11h13


An early start to make up for the delays we had yesterday meaning the tent was packed up and we were on the bikes at 6.45. A unexpected but extremely welcomed 15 miles of downhill to start the day was pretty awesome before we joined up with the River Mantaro.


Even though for the whole day we spent drifting through the beautiful valley following the river the day as a whole felt pretty exhausting. Both of us were feeling tired all day even though we didn’t have a big climb. Today was spent half on tarmac and half on ripio, meaning that we ended up swallowing a lot of dust throughout the day as the massive lorry’s past.


Relieved to make it to Quinchas and finally get the tent up so we could pass out after our bucket of pasta.


Quichas to Huancayo

Distance: 70 miles

Av speed: 10 mph

Moving time: 6 hours 37

Door to door: 10 hours 54


Much more enjoyable day after yesterday as the road condition improved and after three bags of pasta we seemed to have all the energy in the world.


Despite having to endure more biting insects, (we are now covered again after the ones from a week ago had just left) and more angry dogs the ride up the river valley was stunning with so much green, before the road turned northwards and rose sharply out of the valley.


Tired and aching legs once again struggled as we climbed 1500m in 25km up to 4100m, this time into a fierce headwind. After playing with 7 adorable puppies at the top and a rapid descent we were soon in Huancayo, nice to arrive at our destination in the light for a change.


Expecting a nice town similar to Ayacucho we were a little bit disappointed, as drivers used their horns indiscriminately and every other shop was a fried chicken shop. BUT nice to have a warmish shower in a hostel and recharge the batteries for our final few days tackling the Peruvian Andes.


We are just about on track to reach Cartagena for the end of May, hopefully finishing in around 125 days. Three more days in the Andes then we drop down to the coast. To give ourselves more time to enjoy Ecuador and Colombia, we will once again be taking on a big week long challenge, cycling over 100 miles a day up the coast north from Lima! Looking forward to lots of miles in the dark and hopefully some good motorway petrol stations!


Huancayo to Wood outside Jauja