The riders had a three and a half day rest in Cusco. This gave them enough time to take an overnight trip to Machu Picchu as well as time left to explore the many Inca ruins and the lovely streets and squares of Cusco.
Machu Picchu´s breathtaking beauty with its high views and steep climbs were appreciated but truth be told that so many days of riding through high ranges of up and down remote terrains with peaks as high as 4,300m where few tourists reach is the norm for our riders. All the places we ride through may not be famous or well traveled but we are overwhelmed by the striking views and real life scenes of local people working, tilling and planting their quino, potato and corn fields with the help of their children and animals.
The group has embarked on another stretch of bush camp days that will, no doubt, take them past more pristine lakes and villages and as always…just off the beaten track. Only six riding days to Lima.
— Ruth Schonblum