Must See: Dirt Surfing in Peru with Andreu Lacondeguy in “Perroots – The Peruvian Dream”
In February 2020, I visited my friend and kayaking legend, Aniol Serrasolses in Chilean Patagonia, and that’s where it all started. I also met Chente and Diana who are originally from Peru and owners of a mountain biking lodge called PERUVIAN MOUNTAIN HIKES. After seeing their photos and discussing the spots for a long time, we decided to go back to see them in Peru a little later.
It was just before Rampage in September 2021 that we decided to make the first trip to Peru. To visit the country, see the culture and measure the potential of freeriding with our own eyes. Arriving there, we realized that this place was different, not just because of the scale and vastness of the terrain, but because culturally we were in one of the richest countries in the world. After 2 weeks of scouting new spots, we decided to come back to film. I made a plan for 2022.
The team was small. Normally on this type of trip we go with a big production team but here we wanted to do it differently, more in our own way. The team consisted of Hector Cash behind the camera and Raul Martinez Danot with the FPV drone. We have worked together for a long time and with the experience and local knowledge of Chenté and Nico from PERUVIAN MOUNTAIN RIDES, we had the perfect dream team for these adventures.
The expedition started in the Cusco region and after driving several hours through the Quechua villages, I could see the front lines. At 4800m altitude, corridors have been traced with small typical Andean stone, perfect for freeriding by bike and a very good way to start the trip and put the tires on the ground!
Altitude was a key factor; we went deep into the Andes in one of the wildest places I have ever been and some of the lines started at 6000m! It was therefore very difficult to reach the top carrying the bike on your back. Some climbs were more than 500m of elevation gain and exceeded three hours of walking.
The red dirt was perfect, I was riding lines that gave me a feeling I had never felt on a bike before. The length of the lines made me feel like I was skiing or snowboarding. It’s something I’ve been looking to do for many years, and I was finally able to do it here doing some long turns on a steep, pristine hill.
After three days at altitude and in the middle of nowhere, we decided to continue our journey and continue south… The driving was the best I’ve ever experienced so far, so those cold nights camping in were worth it!
The next and last destination of our expedition was the icing on the cake! We arrived at one of the best spots I had the chance to ride… After spending 12 hours on the road, we were in the south of Peru, near Arequipa. Chente and Nico are the only ones who already know this place but when I got there and saw everything with my own eyes, I couldn’t believe it! It was endless… We weren’t too high in altitude anymore, which helped us a lot but this time we had to face the driest and deadliest desert in the world… We only had a few days there , so we had to make the most of it, the hardest part was choosing where we wanted to film.
I had never done anything like this in my life, it was totally new for me, finally skiing powder on my bike was very real!
This trip to Peru was the best experience of my life, not only for horseback riding which was without a doubt the best thing I have ever done, but also because I got to know a wonderful country full of people incredible! From my point of view, this is what we need in mountain biking, more exploration, more big mountains, more freeriding!
Being able to express my vision of sport and working on a video project like this with Hector and Raul has been an incredible experience. I would like to thank them for their excellent work, COMMENCAL for believing in our vision, PERUVIAN MOUNTAIN RIDES for guiding and above all, thank you to the PACHAMAMA who gave us the best trip of our lives!