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On the Road in Peru

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Welcome to Peru!

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.

 

Three wheeled pleasure

Three wheeled pleasure!

A colorful haven of shade.

A colorful haven of shade.

A typical beach scene.

A typical beach scene.

Sand dunes

Sand dunes

 

The shadow of the beast.

The shadow of the beast.

Political campaign signs dominated the roadside, many of them promising drinking water.

Political campaign signs dominated the roadside, many of them promising running water.

Only one signage law here, create the biggest, boldest sign possible.

Only one signage law here, create the biggest, boldest sign possible.

 

The city of Lima, expanding onto the dunes.

The city of Lima, expanding onto the dunes.

A mild road compared to others!

A mild road compared to others!

 

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!

 

Careening through the hills.

Careening through the hills.

Twists and turns.

Twists and turns.

The “Tree” in the Nazca Lines.

The “Tree” in the Nazca Lines.

A horse and buggy are still used in every town.

A horse and buggy are still used in every town.

Have a good trip!

Have a good trip!

Cordillera Huayhuash, driving 4100m above sea level.

Cordillera Huayhuash, driving 4100m above sea level.

 

Got our roadside dairy fix!

Got our roadside dairy fix!

 

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