About the Author
Nacho Pellejero makes up one half of the 260 Litros team. Together with his partner Simon, they are biking, hiking and pack rafting all the way from the southern tip of South America to Alaska.
THIS IS OUR STORY
Abrazo! It all started over eight hundred days ago, when we first set out in this big adventure. We knew one thing for certain: we wanted to travel the world. We just didn’t know how! So we took our bikes and started pedaling while we figured it out along the way. Traveling half way through South America, in awe of what we had witnessed in our trip so far and drawn by our planet’s immensity and the beautiful features we were yet to discover, we decided to leave any extra weight behind and bring along only the essentials we would really need: our bikes, packrafts, cameras and gear.
As we dug deeper into the continent, every stretch of the way requires additional detailed planning and endless hours of preparation. We start in Peru, riding from The Sacred Valley of Cusco until we cross the entire Ucayali region, the third most extensive and third less populated in the country.
The region gets its name from the most important body of water, crossing it from South to North, the Ucayali River. It is located in the Central Jungle, near the country’s eastern region. It’s considered to be a Tropical Forrest and temperatures generally roam around 30 ºC or 86 ºF, although heat waves may rise temperatures upwards 40 ºC or 105 ºF.
The stretch begins in the town of Lamay up into the Andes and then back down on the other side until we reach the Urubamba River. On our packrafts, this river will take us from the town of Pachiri, north of Ivochote, through the native communities of Camisea and Sepahua, all the way to Atalaya.
- 405 KM on bikes (Lamay - Pachiri).
- 63 KM on packrafts (Pachiri - To Be Determined).
- 73 KM on bikes (SD - Kirigueti - Nuevo Mundo - Nueva Luz).
- We leave the Cusco Region and enter Ucayali Region.
- 108 KM on packraft (Kirigueti-Atalaya)
- 739 KM on bikes (Atalaya- Pucallpa)
- Riding through Ocopa Port, Satipo, Perené, Villa Rica, Bermudez Port, Ciudad Constitucionalidades, Sungaro Port, Alexander Von Humboldt, Neshuya, Campo Verde and Pucallpa.
- 1,119 KM on packrafts from Pucallpa to Iquitos through the Ucayali River.
Since we can only carry so much on our bikes, we value every single piece of equipment that we actually bring along. And because our lives literally rely on them, we seek high quality standards and great durability in the products we use. That’s why Zpacks caught our attention at first glance and due to your products’ quality, resistance, light weight and versatility, we knew it would be a perfect match.
Among the equipment we use today, one of our most reliable and fundamental piece of gear is the Spruce Triplex Tent from Zpacks. Besides being the lightest and most durable camping tent we know of, its size is ideal for easy transportation on our bike rigs placed in a 5L Bag.
We also use the Ultralight 10F Broad 66” Sleeping Bags, because we need versatility because of our constant change of weather conditions, altitude and temperature. And besides being extremely light weight, it holds to temperatures down to 5ºF (-15ºC). It’s very well built, filled with European Goose feathers, a nylon shell and a 900 capacity. It has only one sewed line and the zipper can be tucked under your body, making it super comfortable and very difficult for heat loss. This is crucial to get a good night sleep, recharge batteries and be able to tackle the next day’s ride.