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Inca Roads: from the Andes to the Amazon [Video]

By June 16, 2019 3 Comments
As documented in some of our previous posts, we spent six weeks between late February and early April exploring a route from the Andean heights of Cusco and the Cordillera Vilcabamba through to the sweltering lowlands of the Amazon.

We themed the route around the famous story of the Inca retreat from the Spanish, after the fall of Cusco in 1533, and for some of the time followed the remnants of roads and trails that once linked the strongholds of the Inca Empire.

This time we decided to video some of our adventures too, and we hope you enjoy this 20 minute film compilation of six wild weeks on the road.

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3 Comments

  • Dermot says:

    Hi Mark and Hannah, I’ve finally caught up with you. Holey moley, what a time you’ve had. I hope that your medical adventure has reinforced that what you are doing is great. Live life to the fullest. Thanks for the video, it gives another view of your rambles but I like your photography most of all. I can’t wait to see how the new bikes go, what drive chain have you got? What size chain ring and cassette? One last thing, who did you use for insurance?

    Cheers

    Dermot

    • Mark Watson says:

      Hey Dermot, nice to hear from you. Yes we are both doing well now and happy to be back on the road for our final month in Peru. Bolivia next! The bikes are going very well so far – really pleased, especially when the trail points downhill or gets technical – a big difference over the old bikes. We are using Sram Eagle GX, with 10-50 cassette and a 28 tooth chain ring in front. This is the ideal combo for loaded touring in the Andes, with steep, rough hills and singletrack. For lighter loads or less mountainous riding we would use a bigger chainring, like a 32 or 34. Cheers!

    • Mark Watson says:

      Oh and World Nomads for insurance (but they don’t insure the bikes themselves). They have been good to deal with overall, for several health and theft/breakage related claims.

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