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The section from Arequipa to Puno already called my attention weeks ago. Within about an hour of driving, the maximum elevation gain is over 2,000 meters, from around 2,300m to 4,500m.

The lack of power of the car, which I experienced in Ecuador, had concerned me about getting ultimately stranded somewhere. But I finally faced the roads today, now armed with a new EGR valve, a bottle of transmission additive, and newly practiced skills on how to use manual gears to minimize stress on the gearbox.

The truth was, the roads were very easy and enjoyable. It was hard to believe that we were over 4,000m from the sea level – breathing was also effortless. Some snow-capped volcanoes on the horizon and occasional llama sightings made the road trip more of a road trip.

@somewhere 3 hours from Puno, Peru, April 25, 2018