It’s sunny, it’s raining, and it’s sunny again. The weather doesn’t seem to steady up here in the mountains of Cusco. Should I take the risk and do the route by motorcycle or not? The popular incatrail is closed (it’s always closed between January and March) so I have options: I can do the Jungle trail or something like it, or make my own tour by renting a motorcycle! Well, that’s definitely a no-brainer. Bye bye hiking for now and hello cruising by motor!
Renting a motor in Peru
After strolling through Cusco for a while, in search of a good motorcycle for a nice price, I got ourselves a deal. A 4-day motor-trip it will be! Alejandro from Peru Moto Tours is renting me one of his best motorcycles which has 650cc and should do fine with the weather conditions of Peru.
Early in the morning I decide to get up on time so that I can leave early. Unfortunately for me, I forget that I’m in Peru, so things go a little – just a little – bit slower as back home in Europe.
At about 12 we finally have everything arranged and I leave Cusco for my first destination; Ollantaytambo.
Once I arrive at Ollantaytambo I’m really hungry and in search of food. A local plaza offers some restaurants and I decide to have a meal over there. What I didn’t know was that a huge Inca ruin was right beside the square. leaving me stunned by the view!
Dear adventure, donde estas?
I’m ready for the tough part now. I have to face the bad weather that’s awaiting me up in the mountains and prepare myself for a long sit. However, believe me, it’s all worth it. Have a look for yourself.
The mist and the rain aren’t the things on my mind now. Am I actually going to make it to the booked accommodation? Will the road be okay? It’s already getting pretty dark and I’m actually running out of gas. Let’s make sure I have a full tank before I continue to nowhere land.
With a full tank I’m passing Santa Maria, which leaves me another 50 minutes, according to the locals, before reaching Santa Teresa. When they say 50, it means another 2 hours for us Europeans though. Not just because I might drive a bit slower since the road is new to me, but also because I have to cross a freakin’ waterfall that makes the road disappear. And there’s more of where that came from. Adrenaline. That would be word for the first nights drive. Adrenaline.
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