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South America » Peru » Lima » Lima » Lima December 26th 2007

We´re just about ready to depart from Lima. Our bus leaves this afternoon for Arequipa and we´ve got hotel reservations waiting for us. Lima is similar to many American cities, we visited their big mall on the first day we were here, craving an American experience. We watched the Golden Compass with spanish subtitles and shopped. That was a bad idea considering it was the day before christmas and the stores were packed. The next day we explored the little flea-market style shops around the little plaza near out hotel. We ate at a local little Chinese restaurant and shopped at the stalls a little. Yesterday we headed to a beautiful shopping plaza built into the cliffs of the coast. The view was amazing over the crashing waves. There were surfers out on the water and ... read more

South America » Peru » Lima » Lima » Lima December 23rd 2007

We´re finally back in Lima. After 6 days of roughing it in the jungle with no AC, no hot water, and no electricity this seems like paradise. The lodge stay was fun. It was a beautiful place and the staff were all incredibly courteous and knowledgeable. I saw sloths, many species of beautiful birds, an anaconda, and 6 different species of monkeys over the course of the week. We spent a lot of time on the boats out looking for birds and other wildlife. We also spent some time hiking through the jungle immersed in clouds of mosquitos and up to our ankles in mud. It was fun though, afterwards. The food was good but i´m still feeling sick, its going on 4 days now and its getting tiring. I just need to adjust to the ... read more

South America » Peru » Lima » Lima » Lima December 15th 2007

The border crossing from Ecuador into Peru was easy and the change in landscape was breaktaking. Our first stop in Peru was Punta Sal, a beach town where we camped. When I say ´we´, I mean everyone else but me and two other women. We chose to upgrade for an extra $10 a night so we didn´t have to camp on the beach. I like the beach, but I don´t want sand in my sleeping bag for the rest of the trip. And I´m still kind of nervous about camping seeing as I´ve never done it before. Apparently there are lots of chances to upgrade to a room when we go camping and I will be doing just that. The three days on the beach are a bit of blur because we drank so many cocktails ... read more

South America » Peru » Lima » Lima » Lima December 14th 2007

Thursday 13th December: On Tuesday evening I went out for a bite to eat in Aguas Calientes and found that the village was saturated with restaurants all vieing for business. After looking at a few menus I chose a place which could have easily seated 80 plus but there were only two other couples in there. All the other restaurants also have few people in them, probably because it´s the low season. Incidentally, I gave a miss to the stuffed guinea pig on the menu (apparently a delicacy out here) - otherwise the food was good. I made an early start yesterday morning to catch the 5:30 bus to Machu Picchu; 'arrived just after six in a full bus. The entrance procedure took a few minutes (entrance fee £25). I went directly to Wayne Picchu - ... read more
River Aguas Calientes
Head in the Clouds
Looking down from Wayne Picchu

South America » Peru » Lima » Lima » Miraflores December 13th 2007

Well, almost at the end of our trip. We are now in Lima having completed the last stretch of the journey. La Paz was a city anywhere we have seen before. Complete with a witchcraft market (where you can pick up dried llama foetus and stuffed armadillo..), women in bowler hats selling anything you could ever want and more, and a constant barrage of tooting cars. From La Paz we went to the original Copacabana on the shore of Lake Titicaca and caught a boat to the Isle del Sol, birthplace of the Incas. The contrast with La Paz couldn´t have been greater as we wandered across the island with some great views of the lake in the peace and quiet apart from a llama which wanted to practice it´s spitting techniques on us! We spent ... read more
James or a Llama?
Condor in the Colca Canyon


South America » Peru » Lima » Lima » Lima December 12th 2007

The end has come to three fantastic months getting to know South America. At 3pm I left the Belly Button of the World (that is what the Inca´s dubbed their central city of Cusco) for a long stretch in the Lima airport. It was difficult to say goodbye after sharing so much time with such a wonderful family and knowing that I will not be back any time soon. Almost everything fit in my baggage and so far it is being allowed onto the plane in its zipper-busting condition. There is so much to report but so little I can remember right now. My last Sunday I spent the morning in the plaza de armas witnessing what I thought was a unique holiday display of a military parade complete with marching band, city officials and a ... read more

South America » Peru » Lima » Lima » Miraflores December 10th 2007

Happy Holidays Everyone! We definitely miss the holiday feeling down here in Lima. It is just not the same as the weather gets warmer and warmer. Everyday starts off with low clouds followed by clearing around noon. The average daytime temperature along the coast (when the Sun comes out) is about 70-75 degrees. After thinking about it for a long time, Mom and Dad Bergeron decided to come down to Peru for a week for a quick visit. We spent the first few days in Miraflores and Lima getting acquainted with the surroundings, eating great seafood, visiting museums, and sampling a few Peruvian beverages. Dad was very interested in trying the cuy (guinea pig) but after hearing that it had too many small bones, he decided to pass. They were very interested about seeing the Andes ... read more
1am After Their Arrival in Lima
Trying Some Different Foods
Plaza de Armas in Central Lima

South America » Peru » Lima » Lima December 9th 2007

We have made it to Peru, after an agonising 28 and half hour bus ride. It wasn't quite as bad as it sounds as we had big chairs that were like arm chairs that reclined so we could sleep. We crossed the border no problem I expected it to be a lot more hairy. As we travelled out of Ecuador we saw miles and miles of Banana plantations. The scenery varied and we got to go through some really small market towns and see how the majority of people in South America live. We wouldn't have seen this if we had flown. The small towns are fasinating it is just one main street with market stall after market stall some market stalls are just piled high with hundreds of watermelons. When travelling through Peru to get ... read more

South America » Peru » Lima » Lima » Lima December 8th 2007

Flight to Lima We travelled from Puno to Juliaca on a coach transfer that was waiting around for some Americans for ages, so much we worried we would miss our flight! We need not have worried as our flight was delayed and we hung around the tiny airport watching mini-sandstorms skitter across the runway. To our horror the French family from hell (from the train) turned up and acknowleding us, sat right opposite us in the departure lounge. The mum was still as miserable as ever but the kids amused us by knocking each other's heads with an empty water bottle. Eventually our flight arrived and we boarded and headed off for Lima. It was still very windy and the plane tussled with the air on take-off. We touched down in Arequipa to collect more passengers ... read more
Jase last 1lt of beer!!
rachs last icecream!!! yes jase had a huge one to!!
firemans parade in the plaza

South America » Peru » Lima » Lima December 5th 2007

I´m not usually one for getting up early on a Sunday but this one was an exception. We were going to go to a car show organised by the Club del Automoviles Antiguos del Peru. Gonzalo had spent most of Saturday polishing his Mercedes and I was hoping that I might see a Mini or two. Gonzalo and his brother, Jose, arrived to pick us up and we set off on our way to Plaza Mayor in the centre, stopping on the way to register and check out some of the other cars. Once we arrived at the square everyone parked up and eventually the whole square was filled with cars. The place was filled with people; a mix of men looking knowledgeably under car bonnets, car owners loitering by their cars proudly, families, photographers and ... read more
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Gonzalo´s Baby

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