We are passionate about travelling by motorcycle and contrary to what many travelers might think we like to ride as a group. The different thoughts and ideas shared with each other are additional ingredients that add to our spirit of adventure.
Due to the suggestion by an Ecuadorian Motorcyclist we found our way to Huaraz and from here we start another journey.
When we got to Huaraz were a little stunned by the racket of taxis, the disorder of the traffic but yet at the same time there is some “order within the chaos”. It seems to be everyday life and the local people don’t appear to care. However, amidst this we discovered that we could leave everyday to the beautiful mountains with little logistical planning.
Huaraz is a place that we love and serves as base to visit all the wonders close to Huaraz: the circuit to the Cojup Valley and the Wilcahuain Ruins; Chavin and beauty of Querococha Lake; the Callejón de Huaylas where we make a detour to Punta Olympica at nearly 4800 masl all while viewing the imposing glaciers of Ulta, Contrahierbas, Huascarán among others. This continual paved road goes past the village of Chacas previously reached by going through one of the highest tunnels in South America. The road to the North leads us to the Llanganuco Lakes, where we were impressed by the beauty of the lakes which are located at the foot of high mountains like Huascarán at 6768 masl, the highest in the Peruvian Andes. There are also Huandoy, Chacraraju, Pisco, Chopicalqui and Yanapaccha which can literally be almost touched with your hands.
The route continues along the Callejón de Huaylas which gives us the opportunity to visit the famous Parón Lake with the towering snowcapped peaks of the Artesonraju and pyramid of Garcilaso. Eventually the north road continues to the coast by way of the impressive “Canyon de Pato” with its endless series of tunnels carved into the rock. After riding on straight and endless coastal desert roads it is simply spectacular and magical to reach the Cordillera Blanca and Cordillera Negra. It is worth to come up from the coast via the paved road from Casma reaching Punta Callan where the panoramic view of the Blanca is “Awesome”.
The people we travel with usually use motorcycles that are for pavement, however to get to the lakes and back country areas you are on dirt and poorer roads. It is important to keep your bike well maintained and consider using “Enduros Motorcycles” for this.
The Cordillera Blanca is a place we always recommend to our motorcyclist friends who visit us in Colombia and want to travel south. They are thankful to hear about our great experiences.
By: Jorge García.