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Day 1420, Copacabana – Pomata: Peru it is!!

Posted by Thomas Andersen Posted on Aug - 09 - 2014

Distance: 51.07 km
Ride time: 3:11:13
Average: 16.06 km/h
Altitude: 3840 m
Total: 28476 km

I wouldn’t have minded staying another couple of days in Copacabana, but after the long break in La Paz the road was calling again. Besides, I was less than 10 kilometers away from the border with Peru, and if there is something that can excite this world cyclist it is the prospect of a new country.

I left Copacabana after lunch and quickly reached the small border town of Yunguyo. I used my last Bolivianos to buy a bit of food and water before proceeding to get the stamps. The whole thing took less than 10 minutes – crossing borders in this part of South America is easy.

Armed with a 3 month stamp for Peru, country number 25 on this trip, I enjoyed the flat cycling along Lake Titicaca. I would soon learn that today was the Peruvian National Day. People were out in the streets celebrating, and the red and light national flag could be seen everywhere. What beautiful national colors they have here in Peru – the Danish flag is also red and white 🙂

I had planned to look for a guest house in one of the small villages I was passing, but as the sun was setting over the lake I still hadn’t found one. Usually I like to stay in a hotel the first day I’m in a new country, but today it would be camping instead. I found a small road going down towards the lake itself.

After all, not a bad spot to spend my first night in Peru!

Categories: Bolivia, Peru
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3 Responses so far.

  1. Marie says:


  2. Gust ON6KE says:

    Reading your stories makes me more and more think doing a bike trip myself. I’m 60, single, retired and coul. use some more exercise.
    40000 would be crazy but a few countries why not with a KX3 going where I go!

    Peru and next Ecuador? Ecuador forever lives in my heart.

    Safe trip, take care.


  3. Hi Gust! Cycling is a great way to travel, and I met many 60+ year olds out there on the roads… go for it 🙂 I’m constantly thinking about bringing a small HF rig myself, but so far I have been happy enough to visit hams and clubs in the cities I come true. And yes, I’m in Peru now and Ecuador is next. Looking forward! 73 from the road, Thomas