Sechin

The Sechin archaeological site is the capital of a pre-Incan culture, estimated to be ~4000 years old. Some sculptures and other traces can be found there526 sechin527 sechin528 sechin529 sechin530 sechin.

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The Sechura Desert

This is the second desert we had to cross, after the Sonoran Desert in Northern Mexico. But this was even more dry compared to the first one, and almost no plant was to bee seen. At some point the chain got off the sprocket… again. After such a long ride I was so tired I fell asleep right on the bike!516 sechura517 sec519 sec520 sec521 sec523 sec524 sec525 sec

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Entering Peru

Northern Peru seemed extremely poor: trash was everywhere, few paved roads, unmaintained buildings and rudimentary vehicles only. After some 50kms, due to poor signage, we lost the Panamericana. We continued on a country road, reached certain villages and we had to stop when the chain got off the sprocket (again!) in the middle of nowhere. Somebody offered to help with towing my bike. Shortly after, what I was expecting happened: I lost balance and I crashed the bike, destroying one fog light, one turn signal and injuring myself. Somehow a mechanic showed up and after some 1-2 hours of work Palomina was again in working condition. We got back on a main road that had no bridges so we had to cross several rivers through water!506 peru507 peru508 peru509 peru510 peru511 peru512 peru513 peru514 peru515 peru

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From Cuenca to Macar√°

This was the last segment of road before exiting Ecuador and the third crossing over the Andes. Very spectacular views. For the first time since our departure (2 months!!!), we found something other than rice at an affordable restaurant. Next, on our way there was Loja, another colonial city (where we pictured the brown church with two towers). Finally we reached Macara (last 3 images), a place so boring and with such bad services that I want to never remember about it!497 macara498 macara499 macara500 macara501 macara502 macara503 macara504 macara505 macara

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Cuenca, Ecuador

Cuenca is another colonial city located in a mountainous region in Southern Ecuador. There is not much I can say about it, but it was OK.491 cuenca492 cuenca493 cuenca494 cuenca495 cuenca496 cuenca

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