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From Toby via HU Hub

  • Up north, travel inland to Cajamarca (beautiful city, more colonial and less-touristy than Cuzco.
  • Take a side trip to Chachapoyas to see some of the mountain jungle and the 3rd highest waterfall in the world nearby.
  • Norton Rats Tavern in Cuzco
  • Norton Rats new place (tavern and hostel) right close in San Pablo (not on most maps or googleearth, but very close to Chachapoyas). He should be done by then. The “Norton Rats” places are designed to cater to adventure bikers.

  • Next Caraz and Huaraz (the Peruvian Swiss Alps).
  • From there you can head down to Lima on the coast, but I would stay inland and take the road from Huaraz, thru La Union, and over to Huanuco (the “City of Eternal Spring”). Then beautiful highway up into the pampas between the two ridges and on to Huancayo (famous for their crafts and animal husbandry, not to mention the beautiful landscapes).From Huancayo (depending on the type of bike you have), you can head east to the coast and Cerro Azul and Canete (world famous for surfing and coastal haciendas) and down the coast before heading back up to Cuzco via Arequipa. Or if you are more adventurous, from Huancayo on to Ayacucho (the birthplace of South American independence – Battle of Ayacucho) and the Huari pre-Inca culture. Then on to Andahuaylas and meeting the highway again into Cuzco near Abancay. See my website on our recent trip this route:There are many other valuable detours:(1) From Huancayo down past Tarma and to Oxapampa, the German/Austrian colony town where they maintain all their european traditions.

    (2) From

    Cuzco down to Puerto Maldonado and the Manu rainforest reserve (and on to Brazil – all highway once you enter Brazil).