Puno – Cusco (380 kms/ 230 miles)): Flat til a few kms before Pucara, then some small hills. After Pucara (hotals and restaurants) mainly flat again. After Santa Rosa the climb to Abra La Raya (4338 m/ 13.000 ft) starts. A gentle and not steep climb but it can be very windy (headwind). Descent and flat to Sicuani. From Sicuani (all facilities) downhill and a few hills till 5 kms before Urcos. Then a climb, in (through) Urcos another (steep) climb and after a little descent another climb. Then down and flat till Cusco and in Cusco 200 m (gradual) uphill.

Cusco – Lima – Huaraz: we did this by bus. Till Nasca a lot of climbing, the coast was flat also the coast north of Lima. To Huaraz again a lot of climbing.

• Huaraz – Trujillo: paved till Cañon del Pato. Hilly. Then unpaved till the coastal road. Cañon del Pato is part with about 50 tunnels. Beautiful area, first high and snowy mountains, then 2 canons. Last part till coast and coast itself is pretty boring. In Trujillo to the Casa de cyclistas from Lucho.

• Trujillo – Piura: bussed again. Very long and boring stretch through the desert.

• Piura – border Ecuador (Macará): till Sullana through the desert; flat and boring. Then hilly till Las Lomas. From there on even more hilly till the border. Macará is another 2 kms.

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