by bicycle

Day 11: Abancay to Baños Cconocc (27.03, 88 km)

Profile_Abancay to CconoccThis is how my day looked like, so I left Abancay early in the morning as I had to gain 1,500 vertical meters in the first half of the day, meters which I would only loose in the next fifty kilometres (not to say that the way down was not fun). I was again blessed with good weather, andthis made me again think of the flooding and landslides which happened in the West of the country, with several deaths in Chosica due to the huayco (Quechua word which denotes flash floods combined with landslides occurring high in the mountains). During the entire climb I had the valley of Abancay in my view, but the scenery became nicer on the way down.

Taking a break at the top
03.27_1_Taking a break

The descent starts03.27_2_On the way

After around eight and a half hours of pedalling I was close to Baños Cconocc. I was looking forward to it, so I was more than happy when I saw the sign announcing them and the scenery around:

Approaching Cconocc03.27_3_Approaching Cconocc

I felt something was wrong when I realized that the baths were down three kilometres from the main road, on an awfully steep, rocky and bad road. By this time I was so exhausted that I went down, both brakes pressed, just in time to catch the sunset.

View from the Baños Cconocc03.27_4_View from the Banos

Sunset paisaje with mountains in the background03.27_5_Sunset peisage

The day ended with a dip in the warm pools, followed by a beer with the employees of the baños.

Fancy a night swim?03.27_6_Fancy a night swim


  1. Jair

    Las fotos de todos tus posts son muy buenas, pero estas están especialmente espectaculares!

    • Cosmin

      Muchas gracias amigo!

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