ALONG THE SOUTHERN COAST
HILLS, VALLEYS, DESERTS AND SHORES
Traveling along the coast is a fantastic experience, Peruvian coast is a mix of different ecosystems, and we ride many of them: hills, deserts, valleys, shores, cliffs, dry forests, all that mixed with cultures that lived for hundreds of years before the Spanish invasion.
And don´t forget that food is another great companion. Anyway, this is a basic idea of what you may do.
Four days trip
1 LIMA VALLEYS
We may begin in the hills close to the shore in valleys as Pachacamac or Asia, or maybe if it is raining, the Totoritas valley is another choice. These are the typical coastal valleys and mountains and depending the season we could ride on hilly technical singletracks. Once finished at noon we must continue driving south to get Paracas bay, 300Kms south from Lima city.
Paracas is known because its strong winds, but usually start to blow hard just past noon, so for ride there we should start early: 6am. A full ride along the Reserve, riding close to cliffs and shores. After lunch, by 4pm we should head 150Km south to the next destination: Nasca.
Now the enemy is the sun and heath. So again must leave very early. A choice to do is go by the dry valley to Cahuachi pyramids and Estaquería site. Once there, the return must be taken with calm, heath and wind maybe will play a lot.
4 ROAD BACK
Before driving back, if you decide, you should fly over Nasca Lines in the morning. If not, we may ride a bit by Palpa valley.
ABOUT THE TRIP
Altimetry between 1000 and 0 mt
Best Season October to May
90% of trip by alternative roads or tracks
Average of 50 ~ 60 Kms per day