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The "easier" side of Punta Callan, this route has breathtaking views of the snow covered Andes all the way to the summit. However, we highly recommend either starting this climb a few miles up from Huaraz or carrying a stick - from personal experience, there are some mean dogs who love to chase cyclists along the first part of this one.
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Roadway & Traffic:
Road surface is very good on the main roadway. Traffic is very light. You'll be passed by more auto rickshaws than cars, and drivers will give you a friendly honk well before they pass you to let you know they're approaching.
Parking or beginning your ride in the city of Huaraz is our recommendation. Street parking is available on most roads near the climb start.
This climb is paved, but when you're in an area like rural Peru you never know exactly what you're going to get till you're there. Fortunately if you're cycling in Peru, you're probably the adventurous type. We recommend smooth tires above 30mm, but 23s will work. We also highly recommend bringing a spare tire with you on your trip.
One of the things that makes this climb so tough is the drastic altitude change. It was 80F degrees when we started and less than 30F degrees at the summit. Bring gear for all sorts of weather conditions, rain can appear in an instant in the Andes.
The first few miles, carry a stick. While most of the dogs in the region are friendly, there are a few houses with some very mean dogs which will chase you and bite if you don't have something to fend them off with.
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