CYCLETOURING: Mala Valley, Calango, Azpitia. A nice bike trip
March 10th, 2007
Location: Mala valley, Lima, Perú
Photos of the trip: http://es.pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/anibpm/my_photos
My wife and me we love cycling, as we call ourselves "cicloturistas"
We use to go out of the city for cycling by rustic roads leading to nice towns and contact with nature.
Last weekend, on friday afternoon we went to Mala by bus (90 km south of Lima) and from there we started cycling by the Mala river valley up to Calango (25 km aprox), a picturesque and peaceful town.
Started cycling about 5:30 pm so soon it became dark, we made the ride with headlights by a nice not paved road passing by few villages where we stopped for a while on the way: San Jose, Tutumo, Aymara, Correviento, etc. Vehicles traffic on the road is very reduced or almost nule so the night ride was very relaxing under a pleasant moonlight.
Arrived Calango and spent the night there in a nice basic hotel (private bath), with no sign, but easy to find located in front of the church on the next door from the excellent “pollo a la brasa” restaurant (delicious french fries!!)
The next day, saturday, after a nice mix fruit juice at “juguería Yamile” on the main plaza, continued cycling up to La Capilla (6 km aprox), a little village where we found a chappel within an interesting rock formation and the best place to eat "camarones" (shrimps in english?) Restaurant El paraíso, located on the shore of the river, next to the bridge, it was super delicious!!! The shrimps are really fresh, they grow them in a pond next to the river and cook them right away.
After lunch, in the afternoon returned back to Calango and continued the way back down to Mala, on the way as it was getting dark we spected to watch the eclipse after sunset, but nothing was seen because it was totally cloudy. We spent the night in Mala, a busy, crowded, noisy and not funny town, but with excellent “chicharrones”.
On Sunday morning, we went to Santa Cruz de Flores (4 km north of Mala) where we found very nice local cuisine dishes and continued further to Azpitia, a peaceful and nice village of wine and pisco producers and beautiful landscape.
The Mala valley is rich in grapes, apples and fruits production. Wine, pisco and apple vinegar are artisan domestic industries that are worth.
We bought a bottle of wine and pisco from every town visited, each has its own particular taste. So now we have a little collection.
If any of you want to join our cycletouring trips, Welcome! Lets make it together.
We think it would be nice to share our experiences with somebody else that have the same interests and enthusiasm.
· Bus Lima – Mala, Soyuz S/. 13.00 (bikes S/.10.00)
o Hotel (with no sign), familia Felix Quispe, S/. 25.00 double room, private bath front of the church next to
o Pollo a la brasa restaurant, excellent french fries
o Juguería Yamile, corner on the main plaza
o Home made Wine and Pisco, store of Sr. Guzman Camacho, blue metal door, on the back of the church. Wine S/. 10.00 bottle, pisco s/. 15.00 bottle
· La Capilla
o Restaurant El Paraíso, excellent shrimps, on the shore of the river, next to the bridge. Cebiche de camarones S/. 30.00, Spaghetti with lots of camarones S/. 25.00
o Hotel Plaza, S/. 35.00 double room, private bath, basic, noisy area
· Santa Cruz de Flores
o Food, fruit and wine, little restaurant on the corner of the main plaza. Try “sopa bruta” excellent dish S/. 10.00
o Fruit, pisco, wine, sodas, etc.
Anibal & Maria Elena
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