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Santa Lucia to Bolivian border, Desaguadero.

2.9.21. 162ml over 3 days. Day 1 to Juliaca 40ml. Steady day on the highway to Juliaca. Nicolas has a room booked in town and I go to casa de ciclista, Geovanni welcomes me and I stay a few days to rest as my breathing is shallow and I’m very tired which I put down to the altitude. After resting at Geovannis for 4 days I ride 62ml to Llave then another 60ml to Desaguadero. I find a hotel Cali for a cheap night and the next day armed with my negative PCR test result and my health declaration, I’m upset to find I can’t exit Peru by land. Bolivia is open but Peru will only stamp you out if you have special permission from the consulate or foreign affairs office, like having sick relatives in Bolivia. I try emails and phone calls to the British Embassy and Peru foreign affairs but no joy. I go back to hotel Cali hoping that I get an email reply overnight for permission. In the morning it’s not good news. It’s not possible to cross, so I cycle to Yunguyo, 30ml away to another border. It’s the same story here. The Bolivian side will let me in if I have an exit stamp from Peru immigration. Lots of locals were sneaking around illegally which I could have done, but I didn’t fancy the worry of trying to exit without an entry stamp. Anyway, the Argentina & Chile borders are still closed so my only option would be to go via Paraguay and hope Argentina opens the border soon. After a lot of thought I just decide to accept at this time of uncertainty with covid, I could be waiting a long time for land borders to open in this part of the world. I only have a month left on my visa, So I just make my way to Cusco via Ayaviri, Héctor tejado, El Descanso and Urcos. Go and visit machu Picchu and return to Lima to fly out.

On route to Llave, lake Titicaca in the background
The closed border crossing at Yunguyo
on route to Héctor Tejada
El descanso plaza
Laguna de Languilayo. Route to San Pedro
Route to Urcos
Final leg to Cusco Huaro plaza
Plaza de armas Cusco historic center
Looking down on the historic centre of Cusco from San Christobel.
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