Tunel Punta Olimpica
For such a nice post title, this looks like a let down, but not at all
The day’s track
And we’ve been doing this for months
The day’s elevation profile
We set off towards Huascaran
As we got closer it started clouding in
We left the main road and set off up to the highest pass in the Andes. Beautiful countryside
And at one point past this enormous bromeliad. That flower spike will be 30 feet in the air before it blooms.
Through a pass
At about 14,000 feet there’s an alpine river plain
With a few cows, which was strange
Looking friendly enough
And of course
Woody alpine lupins, with a flash of red
We climbed away from the valley. The riding was spectacular
Up excellent switchbacks. It was getting seriously cold though
A brand new road, incredible riding
And then trouble. It started snowing. These are screen grabs from video. But wi-fi speeds are brutal and I’ll save uploading a video for something later here
I thought about how interesting it would be to reverse the switchbacks with snow on the road and we got the hell out of there after a quick pic of the world’s highest tunnel.
The second half of the day was just as interesting. We went off in search of ruins up a dirt road through our first small Peruvian villages. The video to the left describes it pretty well.