Llama Drama by Anna McNuff
A two-woman, 5,500-mile cycling adventure through South America
Why take the shortest, most direct route through life, when you could choose the wiggliest, most mountainous one possible?
Armed with a limited grasp of Spanish and determined to meet as many llamas as possible, Anna and her friend Faye set off on a 6-month journey along the spine of the largest mountain range in the world – the Andes.
Beginning in the bustling city of La Paz, the duo pedal south – through dense jungle, across pristine white salt flats and past towering volcanoes, following the path of thundering glacial rivers to the snow-tipped peaks of Patagonia.
Sleeping wild in their tents most nights, they endure 50-mph crosswinds and catastrophic crashes, and go head to head with one very determined saddle sore called Sally. By the time they make it to the southernmost tip of the continent, they have cycled 5,500 miles and ascended over 100,000 metres through the mighty Andes – equivalent to 11 times the height of Everest.
Told from the seat of Anna’s bicycle, Llama Drama is a witty and compelling account of life at its rawest and most rich. For anyone who has ever wanted to journey through the stunning natural landscapes of South America – this story is for you.
About the Author
Anna McNuff is an adventurer, speaker, bestselling author and self-confessed mischief maker. Named by the Guardian as one of the top female adventurers of our time, Condé Nast Traveller included her in a list of the 50 most influential travellers in the world. She is the UK ambassador for Girl Guiding and has run, swum and cycled over 20,000 miles across the globe. She is best known for her most recent adventure, in which she set off to run 2,620 miles (100 marathons) through Great Britain... in bare feet.