Day 84 (January 7, 2013)
Cuenca, Ecuador to Tambo Grande, Peru
of riding today and not many stops for pictures. Left Cuenca at 8:00 AM and made
tracks for the border at Macara. The entire ride out of Ecuador today was
curves, curves, curves! Unfortunately, the weather continued to be
there were opportune breaks in the clouds which allowed for beautiful
entire route to Macara consisted of descending into deep mountain valleys, then
climbing up to dizzying passes. To give you a picture of the elevation changes
that we experienced today, at one point I was over 11,000 feet; however, by the
end of the day, we had descended to 300 feet above sea level.
noon the weather began to clear up and we were rewarded with beautiful blue
skies and warm weather.
roads in Ecuador have been consistently the best of the entire trip. I was a
little surprised; however, I haven't found a single significant pothole or
obstruction on any main road. The views continued to be amazing.
the roads continued to be pristine.....
we hit road construction!
all fairness, a little bit of gravel was a welcome change after riding pristine
pavement all day.
We arrived at the border with Peru around 4:00 PM. Once
again, things were "muy tranquilo", and we were done with whole process in about
30 minutes. It's amazing how easy things are down here compared to Central
Here's "migracion" on the Ecuador side:
here's the "aduana":
forgot to get pictures of the Peru side, but it was all very similar. Once into
Peru, the road leveled out and the temperatures heated up.
long, we had descended to 300 feet. The roads continued to be nice; however, the
locals were burning a lot of trash, and the smell, combined with the terrain and
the heat started bringing back memories of Afghanistan.
arrived in Tambo Grande. Their welcome sign was entertaining:
translation: "Smile, you're in Tambo Grande".
There weren't a lot of
hotel options, and no one seemed to have wifi; however, we found an upscale
place that let us camp in their yard for 20 Soles.
is only the third time that I've camped on this trip since I left the States.
Still, I'm glad I brought my gear. Hopefully I can start using it more to save
money. That's all for tonight; it's been a long day.