Roads to ruins- Northern Peru

Driving in Northern Peru was fun and challenging.  We found it very difficult to video or photograph the full effect of these routes.  This post will include a few more details to help you feel the impact.

We ended up on a crazy, back road to access some ruins.  This road felt risky in many ways.  In the photo below, Mike is scouting the wet, deep, sticky mud to determine the best path for the camper.  And checking to see what lies around the next corner.

road checking for path.jpg In this video we are on a dry part of the road which is narrow and extremely bumpy.

Mostly we stayed on the main highways.  But even the highways passed through little villages with houses, stores and daily living crowded right up to the edges of the road. road village view.JPGroad village view1.JPG

Our daily drives revealed many different things along the road.  People walking, riding bikes, pushing wheelbarrows, herding sheep or cows were all typical.  But one of the most humorous sets of pedestrians we saw were these two friends.  road pedestrians..jpg

Every now and then the road crosses a river.  Most of the bridges seemed stable, yet old and narrow.  This wooden bridge was LLLOOOONNNGGG and entertaining enough to warrant this little video clip.

The next video clip is the curve at the pole.  Yes, that sounds funny, but even the sign says it is the curve of the pole.  Reading the warning sign did not prepare us for the curve, the narrowness or the sheer drop off that happened at the pole! road with pole.jpg

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The pole on the edge of the narrow road, marking a very long, sheer drop-off.

But even when the  bridges were sketchy and the roads were rough, the views made it all worthwhile.  It’s nearly impossible to capture it in a photo, but the long valleys and canyons are spectacular in Northern Peru.  Almost enough to make you forget the roads! road views1.JPG

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While the roads of Northern Peru were rough and sometimes scary, there were also some funny moments.  We found these two cute photo backgrounds in a small shopping mall where we stopped for groceries. .  angel wings mike.jpg

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And just outside the mall, we encountered our first (and perhaps only) lion-dog.  This little lion-dog was wandering around as if he had an important job to do.  We let him get on with his business, as we went on about our own business!  lion dog.JPG lion dog1..JPG

I will close this blog post while you are chuckling about the lion-dog.  And if your dog has the potential to become a lion-dog, get after it.  And send us a photo!


6 thoughts on “Roads to ruins- Northern Peru

  1. Thanks for following along. We are not going to Brazil just yet. We will cross into Bolivia after Peru. More fun ahead.

  2. We have considered this. But our situation is different from many other travelers. As we say when we meet people doing it differently, ” everyone has a different trip”. Others have done these calculations and shared their expenses. Message me and I can share one.

  3. Now that you have been in South and Central America for extended periods, have you thought to calculate the average costs say, per month, for your lifestyle? I am very interested in doing something similar soon.

  4. Wow, it seems like things are getting weirder as you go south, huh? Between “La Curva del Torre” and the “lion dog,” it’s like some farcical movie! Then with those crazy photos of you two, like you stepped inside the movie! 😂 I’m wondering where you are now, and whether you’re heading straight on south or going to head east into Brazil next. 👍😍

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