Today we rode 150 miles in two very comfortable modern buses. It took us 8 hours! We started at around 7000 feet elevation went up over a 12,000 foot pass then down to a river at 3,000 feet then up over a 9,000 foot pass down to a 5,000 foot town and then up over another 12,000 foot pass. Peru’s mountains have to be experienced to be believed!
The road was almost all just one lane. It was breathtaking to appreciate how the driver dealt with tight switchbacks and on coming traffic.
The bus spent almost all its time between ten and fifteen miles per hour. I am ready to rest and spend two days in one place.