Chala > Arequipa – 415km > A day in Arequipa
That’s right Charlie – up three steps, onto the footpath, but don’t go onto the road…
…and seeing as you wont be able to put your feet down, we will help…
Dragging the net this morning
What a brilliant day’s ride today. The first 240km is along the coast and the terrain was constantly changing. Sometimes the road was twisty, sometimes straight. We both totally loved it.
A seaside village
How about this for living by the sea
The road cutting through a sand dune, and the dune is trying to reclaim it – they built a wall, now they are putting sandbags on top of the wall as the sand keeps backfilling
Mountains to sea
The road followed the coastline
This valley is a bit dry
There was a long queue of stopped trucks so we passed them and went to the front. The road was blocked as a truck carcass was being pulled up the mountain – couldn’t take a photo of it as it was a tragedy for somebody. Because we were on motorbikes they waved us through – there was only just enough room for Charlie’s panniers to squeeze between the truck and the bank, with his foot up the bank trying to balance as he inched through.
We also saw another truck and trailer badly smashed up and on its side, and another one where the front was all buckled with having run into the back of a truck carrying eggs – needless to say, there were broken eggs everywhere.
Rice paddies – they eat a lot of rice here, even with eggs for breakfast
Who are these strange people? This cute little tot stood and stared at us for ages
For all your bamboo needs
A tunnel – there were a few of these hewn out of the rock
The desert has not only changed from sand to rocks etc, but also in colour from pink, terracotta, white, golden, browns, and more
As we were riding through the desert to Arequipa we saw snow covered mountains in the distance – hmmm… I think the next leg of our journey will be much colder.
Where are you taking me now Charlie – the GPS had us going up a dead-end lane when trying to find our hotel. Turns out there are 4 roads with the same name but in different areas of Arequipa.
Spent the next day in Arequipa – was nice to walk through a mall and a supermarket ! Haven’t seen one of those since Quito two weeks ago.