Sunday, 20 July 2014

Dream Your Ride - Peru - Day 7 & 8 Chivay and Colca Canyon

Day 7 in Peru began on a low note as I received word that my business partner and close friend had passed away unexpectedly.  My ride to the village of Chivay was bittersweet as I was reflecting on my friend while enjoying a fantastic riding road.  My friend had always lived a life of passion and I could do no less.

The road to Chivay is an 80 km road that is full of beautiful corners as it climbs to an altitude of 16,000 ft.  Even after being at high elevations for the past week, I found my chest feeling heavy from the thin air.

The one straight section of road

16,000 feet

Yes, that's ice

The village of Chivay is the gateway to Colca Canyon, home to very large condors.  Chivay is very small and has a lot of character.  Even though many people visit Chivay each year, it has been able to keep it's small town charm.  My advice for those heading to this area would be to spend two nights in Chivay and spend time exploring the town and the hillsides just outside of town.

Entering Chivay

On the main square in Chivay

On Day 8 we road an 82 km round trip into Colca Canyon to watch the condors that live in the canyon.  Colca Canyon is deeper then the Grand Canyon, although not as wide.

Condors

The finish to day 8 was riding to the city of Arequipa, Peru for a day of exploration on Day 9.

Arequipa, Peru at night

More to come.

Gerald Trees
Dream Your Ride

PS:  To my friend Francis Jean, I will miss you very much.  RIP my friend.

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