Following the coastline in Paracas

The National Reserve of Paracas is one of these places that deserve to be listed on best and wonderful places ro ride on.
The south side is a long line with very small climbs a lot of beaches with amazing landscapes. Remember to start early, wind could be friend or foe .

Paracas is 3 to 4 hours south from Lima. You can get there by car or bus and the key of a succesful ride is to start early, at 6am is better, wind and sun may be a torture if you are still riding after 1pm.

This route as any other starts from Paracas bay, and you must point south to Cathedral viewpoint, then, have to follow all the coastline, reaching Playa Mendieta is not a big issue, only need to know a shortcut to ride down to Playon beach. Once at Mendieta you will enjoy the beach (if is not windy)

After Mendieta you may continue to Laguna Grande following the main road, you will not get lost, but you have to be prepared for a 100km day ride.

The return must get planned after noon to be helped by the strong winds that push us back to our starting point, that´s a good relief, anyway is not for free, so pedal is a must.

Paracas short route for starters

The National Reserve of Paracas is one of these places that deserve to be listed on best and wonderful places ro ride on.
Is not a technical place, but pedaling on the desert, dry, sandy but rideable, surrounded by a great quietness and open spaces following an amazing coastline is simply a must do.

Paracas is 3 to 4 hours south from Lima. You can get there by car or bus and the key of a succesful ride is to start early, at 6am is better, wind and sun may be a torture if you are still riding after 1pm.

This is the shortest loop at the Reserve. starting from your hotel at El Chaco have to cross the Control Access Point of the Park, then split in two ways, anyone can be chosen, personally I prefer to go first to Playa Roja, so following the main road climbing to the Interpretation Center, then taking the left small road you will go downhilling to Playa Roja. Once there and after stay some minutes to enjoy the place, you take left and start a climb to surround the cliffs to continue your ride south straight to Catedral.

Once there and after a time to enjoy the landscape, you will start your way back to El Chaco, if you are new or slow pace, that loop will take you around three hours, so if you depart at 7 you´ll be back around 10, and don´t forget to pay your entrance fee! Is cheap 3USD and it helps to protect the area.

Tambillo on the way to the jungle

Tambillo is a forgotten small town in the jungle of Jauja, the province best well known as an Andean place.

After many visits we found that the adventorous way we were looking to reach the Central Jungle without riding by the main highway was by a gravel road with very low transit, almost none.
So to get to this place, you can go by car to Ricran village, then taking the detour to the highpass of Tambillo and start the ride down to the Jungle.
We started from 4600m at Tambillo distrit, straight down to Monobamba at 2000m approx. riding down crossing many altitudes and climates. And as usual in these places weather is always an enigma. You can get cold, web, rainy, misty at the top and you can continue wet  all the way down or reach a sunny and very hot day.
After Monobamba, the downhill turns not as fast, from this village we must ride and pedal to reach Vitoc, the entrance to San Ramon city, the main city at the entrance of Chanchamayo valley, known in the country as the Selva Central.
For your records the ride takes around 6 hours dropping nearly than 4000m by gravel road, anyway if you are tough a brave you can can start pedaling from Ricran and climb a 1,000 mt for a couple or three hours before the downhill ride.