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Thread: The Wife takes on Chlamydia. A South American Retrospective

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    Chiclayo to Cajamarca to Kuelap Ruins

    The north east of Peru from Chiclayo to Cajarmarca to the Kuelap Ruins and the border with Ecuador is most definitely not on the Gringo trail. I was pleased to see virtually no Europeans, nor North Americans. A great chance to only speak Spanish and ride more superb twisty roads and a detour over the mountains around a landslide. The weather was changeable. From dry and arid to lush and green with blue skies to wet and misty.





    Interesting looking cactus growing out of a rock face





    About 30 miles before Cajamarca, there was a big landslide across the road that was being cleared by proper earth moving equipment, but not any time soon. There was a paved 100 mile detour, but I reconed there might be a shorter alternative route over the mountains and as it hadn't rained for a while, probably not too technical on the old Chlym with road biased tyres. Navigation was interesting: Just with the GPS giving me a as the crow flies direction indicator. I came upon this young girl carrying her sister and what's probably the grocery shopping. I'm not sure she had seen a European before. Certainly not one on a motorcycle.






    Her way home. My route.





    Eventually back on the main road





    I think this lady thinks I can't see her!





    Pleasant rural views





    Getting more and more hilly, with more curvy roads





    Occasionally following a river. Weird mossy stuff hanging off the trees





    Happy locals on the way to the Kuelap Ruins





    Kuelap Ruins on the ridge top right, I rode up those serpentines on the far left. And a farmer looking at me, centre right





    The ruins in 2016. Virtually nobody else there. Hard to walk up there with a totally Donald ducked knee. If you're interested in reading more, please check out https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ku%C3%A9lap





    Llama in the mist at the ruins in 2016


    Kuelap in 2001








    Interesting rock carvings





    I think I can guess why it's called the Ancient Fortress of the Cloud Warriors...

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    Superb Steve, simply superb & stunning pictures..
    Perfekt ist nicht gut genug.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris View Post
    Cheers mate.
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    daft as a brush iz i
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