My journey on Instagram, part 4, from Quito, Ecuador, to Mancora, Peru. https://www.instagram.com/p/Bb5kd3EnfZE/?taken-by=alexcooperexplores https://www.instagram.com/p/Bb9hHB0HdCH/?taken-by=alexcooperexplores https://www.instagram.com/p/BcChfBTnWs6/?taken-by=alexcooperexplores https://www.instagram.com/p/BcGU1SuH8oF/?taken-by=alexcooperexplores https://www.instagram.com/p/BcKO9QmHKBL/?taken-by=alexcooperexplores https://www.instagram.com/p/BcOApZKn8-d/?taken-by=alexcooperexplores https://www.instagram.com/p/BcdepqCHBYz/?taken-by=alexcooperexplores https://www.instagram.com/p/BclCNoBHVUL/?taken-by=alexcooperexplores https://www.instagram.com/p/BcpWC-HnQA5/?taken-by=alexcooperexplores https://www.instagram.com/p/BcvgjDvnmgb/?taken-by=alexcooperexplores https://www.instagram.com/p/Bcz484BHydA/?taken-by=alexcooperexplores https://www.instagram.com/p/Bc5OEfjneWP/?taken-by=alexcooperexplores https://www.instagram.com/p/BdAq3HQHaU-/?taken-by=alexcooperexplores Click here for part five.
I haven't written anything on this blog since I completed my trip. I have a few things I plan on writing about, but for now, I've simply decided to compile a few posts from my Instagram page of my trip. This covers the first three weeks of my trip in Colombia, from my arrival in … Continue reading Tripstagram pt. 1: Colombia – Bogota to Medellin
Should I stay or should I go? I don't even really like the Clash, but I couldn't think of another song lyric or cliche to encapsulate my mentality the last week of my trip. I was lying in a hotel room in Tarma, a touristy city in the eastern Andes of Peru, battling a nasty … Continue reading The final stretch: Tarma to Paracas
Cold. Tired. Uninspired. Bored? The last week of riding was my toughest yet mentally and physically. For three days I felt like I was on the world’s largest yo-yo – slogging up huge climbs, only to be greeted by rain and snow and a long drop back down. I had one particularly amazing day that … Continue reading Up against the divide: Cajatambo to Tarma
“Why aren’t you smiling? Why aren’t you happy?” I had just collapsed after cresting a 4,750 metre high pass in Peru’s Cordillera Blanca following an afternoon and morning of pushing my bike up through sopping wet meadows, fast-flowing creeks, steep rocky slopes, rain and snow. There was Iohan, already at the top, already eager to … Continue reading The Cordillera Blanca: Caraz to Huaraz
"El Silencio" - what Peruvians call the high altitude regions of the country where few venture and only the hardiest make a living. It's a land of towering mountains, grassy valleys, azure lakes, hardscrabble herders and their flocks, and, unfortunately, massive mines that scar an otherwise beautiful landscape. I had seen pictures of these landscapes … Continue reading El Silencio – Huamachuco to Caraz
My journey has been about the roads. Paved or unpaved, they connect me from one city to another, through rural areas and towns seldom visited by outsiders. One of the things I've loved most about this trip is finding myself in these cities, with their vibrant markets, beautiful squares and mix of colonial and pre-colonial … Continue reading A slice of city life: Cajamarca to Huamachuco