Directly from the start it went up to 2.800 meters. On the top was the border to Ecuador and a big crowd of people. Many refugees from Venezuela try to reach Peru which causes delays. After 20 minutes in the line they open a separate counter for the gringos and I’m done in 5 minutes. What follows is one of the best descents ever. Perfect pavement, serpentines and gorgeous views across 5.000 meter mountains. In the valley it is hot and arid. Seems like I’m getting into a different climate.