‘Into the Gnar’ Part I: Explore Unfamiliar, Gnarly Terrain With Yoann Barelli

Watch Yoann Barelli take five clients on a first-time, multiday mountain biking retreat in Peru.

What does Part I of ‘Into the Gnar’ look like? It’s an action-packed 3 days of newly experienced mountain biking through South America’s beautiful countryside.

In September 2022, bike trip outfitter Big Mountain took Barelli and five clients across South America on a 9-day retreat to experience biking at its finest.

Big Mountain partnered with Cusco locals Nicolás and Vicente Chirinos, two brothers, lodge owners, and guides, to curate the experience.

“[It’s] mind-blowing,” Yoann stated about the local topography. “From rocky and loose to super fast and flowy to super fast and gnarly … it has it all.”

And beyond biking, “Peru is a beautiful country with very deep, mystic connection with nature, the land, and people,” Yoann added.

To see their adventure unfold and vicariously enjoy some of Peru’s stunning trail views, watch now.

Runtime: 26 minutes

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Rebecca Ross

Rebecca Ross is a staff writer at GearJunkie. She has been writing about backpacking, hiking, mountaineering, and travel for over three years. Prior to GearJunkie, Rebecca was a freelance photographer and writer for Climbing Magazine, Decathlon, 57Hours, and ExplorersWeb. Based in Washington state, Rebecca has extensive training and experience in climbing of all sorts: trad, sport, bouldering, ice, alpine, and her favorite, mountaineering. She also enjoys running, backpacking, photography, swimming, cooking, reading, and crocheting.

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