by bicycle

Day 16: Tinke to Marcapata (04.04, 60 km)

Was a good decision to have one day to recover – I was feeling cold and tired so I stayed the whole day in bed, sleeping and relaxing. I was quite worried about the weather, as the forecast was saying that it will be cloudy and stormy.

Fortunately the forecast was wrong, so in the morning I had clear skies and perfect visibility.
Day 16_1.Clear morning

The weather was a bit fresh, around 4°C, but pedaling kept me warm. With my right pocket full of coca leaves I was pushing forward, being at the same time overwhelmed by the majestic scenery around.

Day 16_2.Winding road

Day 16_3.Skyline

Day 16_4.Approaching the peak

Day 16_5.Mountain range

Day 16_6.The valley

Day 16_7.Almost there

I was in a good flow, so before midday I made it to the top.

What a feeling!
Day 16_9.There

And this is my summit photo
Day 16_10.Summit photo

After taking some photos of myself (and being an impromptu photographer for a family who was coming by car from Puerto Maldonado) I started the descent.
Day 16_11.Downhill

Everything looked like normal procedure, things were going smooth and I even met two Peruvians on bicycles on their way to Cusco. Had a nice chat with them, and when I wanted to continue I realized that I have a flat tire in the back. I fix it using one of my two spare tubes, but when I finally arrive in Marcapata I realize that the tire is flat again (!). I was very lucky to have a bicycle repair shop just next to the place I was sleeping, so I fixed both tubes before going to bed reassured.


  1. Ina

    Cele mai frumoase poze! Si scrii frumos, sa stii. Nu glumesc!

    • Cosmin

      Crezi ca am sanse la Pulitzer?

  2. Jair

    Excelentes imágenes! La gran montaña que aparece en algunas de las fotos es el “apu” Ausangate. Con 6372 metros sobre el mar, es la más alta del Cusco.

    • Cosmin

      Gracias amigo!

  3. Anibal

    Cosmin, lugares increibles, esa cordillera es linda

    • Cosmin

      Si amigo, tienes un pais maravilloso!

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