I don't think I had any idea of the cultural, religious, and historical significance of most of the places we visited. In fact, I don't think I had any idea what to expect at all. Nonetheless, the people, the places, the food, the experiences, all of it far exceeded any expectation I could have possibly had. The cycling was mostly downhill or flat and so moderate is probably an accuarate rating for the average person, but for me personally, it was perhaps the only thing (only slightly) disappointing about this trip. If you ever have the chance, do it!