We spent most of our time in Peru driving along the coastal desert. For hours on end, our senses were dulled by the vast expanse of tanned dirt, crumbling earth and radiating heat. Then we would slowly climb a stunning heap of sand and be struck by a surprising view of the Pacific, cut short by orange jagged cliffs. With limited guardrails and lane space, we would watch intently as the road ahead scaled around enormous sand dunes that eroded into the water. Inevitably, we would descend back to the flat surface of highway and begin to suffocate again on dust, heat and boredom. It was an unforgettable cycle that went on for a week; one that made us witness the extreme harshness of the earth like we’ve never experienced before.
The days driving through the altiplano of the Sierra Andes were spent watching every passing scene with dropped jaws. As always, the mountains left us speechless with their grandeur and a feeling of being at home. After several cold nights, thoughts of the beach and tropical heat unsurprisingly began to cross our minds. In particular, one shivering night in a tent led to comparisons that fuelled hours of driving conversation. For example, “What would you rather, to freeze on a glacier or to melt in the desert?” There are more pros and cons then you might think!