1. Volcano Alley This is the third section of the South American Epic, Quito to Lima1. Quito, at 2800m, the highest capital city in the world, is the jumping-off point for one of the longest and most dramatic sections on the South American Epic - Volcano Alley. In Peru we spin along the eastern edge of the Desierto de Sechura before spending a rest day on the Pacific coast. Than a spectacular climb up into the Cordillera Blanca were you can visit Huascarán National Park, a UNESCO World heritage site. We end this section in Lima.
Quito, at 2800m, the highest capital city in the world, is the jumping-off point for one of the longest and most dramatic sections on the South American Epic - Volcano Alley. If your section begins here, make sure to arrive a few days early to get used to the altitude and enjoy the local nightlife.
Leaving the city we head east, with views of the Antisana, Surnaco and, if we are lucky, Cotopaxi volcanoes. We nudge past 4000m before dropping 3500m in the next 200kms as we skirt the edge of the Amazon basin, ending up in the southern city of Loja for a rest day and perhaps a glimpse of its famous fiesta of the Virgen del Cisne.
Two days later we cross into Peru, the third country on the South American Epic. Here the riders will spin along the eastern edge of the Desierto de Sechura before spending a rest day on the Pacific coast in the beach town of Pascamayo, one of the continents best surfing spots. From there it is a spectacular climb up into the Cordillera Blanca where the cyclists can enjoy the atmosphere of Huarez and visit Huascarán National Park, a UNESCO World heritage site. Three days later and about 3000m lower, the riders will enter the Peruvian capital of Lima and complete this section.
8-Aug - Quito - Papallacta 75 km
9-Aug - Papallacta - Archidona 113 km
10-Aug - Archidona - Puyo 86 km
11-Aug - Rest day - Puyo
12-Aug - Puyo - Macas 130 km
13-Aug - Macas - Limon 110 km
14-Aug - Limon - Gualaquiza 103 km
15-Aug - Gualaquiza - Yantzaza 69 km
16-Aug - Yantzaza - Loja 105 km
17-Aug - Rest day - Loja
18-Aug - Loja - Catacocha 114 km
19-Aug - Catacocha - Macara 64 km
20-Aug - Macara - Chulucanas 135 km
21-Aug - Chulucanas - Olmos 121 km
22-Aug - Olmos - Chiclayo 105 km
23-Aug - Rest day - Chiclayo
24-Aug - Chiclayo - Pacasmayo 104 km
25-Aug - Pacasmayo - Trujillo 128 km
26-Aug - Rest day - Trujillo
27-Aug - Trujillo - Guadalupito 113 km
28-Aug - Chimbote - La Gramita 113 km
29-Aug - La Gramita - Bermejo Beach 126 km
30-Aug - Bermejo Beach - Lomas de Lachay 128
31-Aug - Lomas de Lachay - Lima 123 km