I’m excited to leave Huaraz if only because we’ve been telling people for so long that we’re going to Huaraz and we finally arrived. Telling people we’re cycling to Argentina is too unbelievable so we pick the next major city that everyone recognizes. As we leave it feels like a new segment of our journey in Peru.
So where are we going now? We’re headed back over the Cordillera Blanca! We liked it so much the first two times (1st, 2nd) that we decided to go for a 3rd crossing. That and we ran out of pavement, and we’re really jonesing for some pavement.
Our options were…
Head directly to Lima which promised to be a fast but ugly ride with tons of traffic on the PanAmerican Highway.We easily crossed this option off the list.
- Ride the Peru Continental Divide which we know from riders south of us that the scenery is spectacular. But it’s all off-road, dirt roads and trails. After much consideration we admitted to ourselves that we’re traveling too heavy and our bikes are not outfitted for this terrain on a daily basis. But we didn’t take the option completely off the table.
- Go back over the Cordillera Blanca and ride south through the altiplano. Lots of climbing, but generally good road conditions.
We went with option #3, which actually takes us over the Continental Divide at least twice, so it’s a little bit of #2 as well.