Comment from Paige
The barren altitudes of the Andes and shifting dunes of South America’s Pacific deserts are known well as a place to test oneself. From the Inca engineers responsible for South America’s first real road system, to competitors in the Dakar Rally, going where no road can be made, this is just the sort of harsh and beautiful environment that attracts natural adventurers.
The perfectly paved highways that have replaced steep Inca trails, winding through the pinnacles and chasms of this rare world, appeal to a very mobile group you might not expect to find on the tourist trail.
This month, three New Zealanders (Alan Carnaby, Troy Bilbrough and Guy Parsons) completed a five-week, 1600km (992mi) trek from Arequipa, Peru, to La Serena, Chile.
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