to Moquegua

Before we leave Peru we want to cross the altiplano once more. To do this we have to head south and look for the last entry point east.

But first, to Moquegua. The days track
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And because the ride turns out to be so interesting, even though it’s down a highway before the real ride begins the next day, the google earth that matches
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And because we haven’t been close to sea-level for a while, the elevation profile
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We start through a broken landscape. A straw ghetto in the valley

The mountains ahead are brown and white


We pass the last settlement for a long while

The brown and white contrast becomes more interesting

When you ride to the margin you see strange things

As white as snow, as fine as dust

There’s a 50 mile plain between the brown-and-white. A long abandoned rest-stop on pink sand

The brown and white mountains fade away and we ride through low grey hills following a lazy road that’s in no hurry to head anyplace

Then, just in time, a tiny village with 3 or 4 lunch spots just waiting for judgement and selection

I got a couple of emails about the lunch-stop post a while ago, so here’s the selection. Option A

Option B, the winner

Then back onto the highway. This is the road riders doing the PanAmerican take into Chile. They get nice sections too, like this

The colours



Then suddenly into Moquegua. Nothing here at all except a half hour of riding around looking for somewhere to stay and to keep Lucinda safe. The green surrounds a small river and it’s not somewhere to be


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  1. Vladimir Zinovieff,

    Greetings from somewhere between belgium and Switzerland


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