Canyon del Pato is one of those places that overlanders are all told to be sure to put on their “must see” lists. We decide to take a couple of days to ride the canyon and camp inside thanks to a generous offer from some new friends, Sam and Erica from Song of the Road. We happened to run into them in Huanchaco in the same campground and they are going the same route for a few days. Sam and Erica have a truck and XP Camper, which is a fantastic rig, and they have a fridge (that seems so exotic to me now after a year and a half without one of my own) and all kinds of other nice-ities. After stocking up on groceries and water we head south of Trujillo on the PanAm as far as Santa and then turn east until we meet the river and follow it further east into the canyon itself. We have 50-60 miles of dirt roads to cover, including 35 or so single-lane tunnels. A large section of the road was used for a railroad bed for years and traces the edge of the river for miles.
Canyon del Pato, Peru