Alpaca and Bull Fights in the Andes Mountains

Alpaca and Bull Fights in the Andes Mountains

The last few weeks have been spent at consistently high elevations, among big herds of alpaca, sheep, and cattle, and the occasional shepherd, motorcycle, or vehicle. Biking the remote mountain back roads of the Andes mountains in Central Peru, I am rewarded with great landscapes and a lot of peace and quiet. This post is filled with those landscapes, as they are literally all that I see each and every day.            

Huaraz, Peru to Huancavelica, Peru 8/13 to 9/16

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img_2982I surprised my high school buddy Matt Keenan who has been teaching nutrition and sex ed with the Peace Corps up in the mountain pueblo of Huallanca, Peru. We dominated a basketball game against 3 locals, which coincided with Team USA basketball teams winning gold in the Olympics. 'Mericaimg_2779

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img_2927Among little mountain pueblos, this is a well-stocked grocery store and restaurant

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img_2716One late afternoon I passed through a mountain village that was celebrating a festival with bull fights. I entered the little stadium right after one fight had ended, and being the only gringo there in that remote village, I quickly became the show as all eyes were on me as I found my seat.

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Bike Safety Lesson #104, Don’t go too fast down mountains or you will crash and destroy your rimimg_2900

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