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South America » Peru » Ica » Ica June 25th 2008

Second part of our inca trail. ... read more
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South America » Peru » Ica » Ica June 25th 2008

INCA TRAIL - If you are interested this was our itinery It was such a tough trail but we absolutely loved it! it is one of my main highlights of my gap year, it was such a massive challenge and we did it together. It was such an amazing feeling when we reached machupichu it was unreal; tear jerking. I would advise anyone to do the inca, it is really something out of this world!!! Day 1 Arrive Lima Day 2 Cuzco Cuzco is the continent’s oldest continuously inhabited city, and the hub of the South American travel network. The city attracts travellers who come not just to visit a unique destination but also to experience an age-old culture very different from their 20th century way of life; one could easily spend a week just in ... read more
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South America » Peru » Ica » Ica June 24th 2008

I got a case of the traveler stomach this day. YIKES! I had hoped to do many cool things in Nazca on the first day, but instead I spent it mostly sleeping. I caught a bus from Lima to Nazca at 430am, arriving at 1130am. I checked into my lodging and fell asleep. I stayed close to the facilities! and slept on and off until 7pm. At long last I was able to move and had some matte de coca. Basically, matte de coca is something that is prescribed here to help with any and every ailment. And, it actually has seemed to fix altitude sickness and now travelers stomach. Impressive. It is a tea made from the coca leaves, the same leaves that when processed and condensed make cocaine. But, at a leaf and tea ... read more

South America » Peru » Ica » Ica June 17th 2008

En route pour Pisco, on est passes par Ica faire du buggy et du surf dans le sable! La marade! On our way to Pisco, we stopped at Ica to do some buggy and some sandsurf. What a laugh! ... read more

South America » Peru » Ica » Ica May 30th 2008

Steve - Our next short stop was Ica, this was just for the day as we had a night bus booked for the evening to take us up to Cuzco. We booked an afternoon of dune bugeying and sandboarding which i think Kate was secretly dreading. We got there early and we were able to spend the day at a local hostel which had a pool so we got a bit of tanning in! Early afternoon we got picked up by out driver and off we went in this bugey. It was brilliant much better than any rollercoaster. The dunes ar absoltely huge and some of the drops were just brilliant. We then had a go on the sandboards which was good - headfirst to start with and then standing up. The sand was a lot ... read more
Inside the buggy
Much better than a rollercoaster
This does look slightly comprimising!

South America » Peru » Ica » Ica February 21st 2008

Day 5 - Lesmahagow to Peru. This morning was a trip to Oasis Huacachina for some riding of the sand dunes and a dabble at sandbaording. Sand is now firmly lodged in all places imaginable and unimaginable! But is was fun. And no bruises to report either. Does this now officially make me an extreme sportsperson? Today was the official opeing of the Ica boys' home - Casa Girasoles. It was a truly wonderful day. The service at the home was broadcast simutaneously back to Fife. We sang, 'How Great Thou Art', both in Spanish and in English, and the boys put on a play for us. A short story to depict the transformation of a street boy fom selling in the streets, selling themselves, sniffing glue, to the Sunflower that he becomes when he is ... read more
Casa Girasoles
Pool In The Desert

South America » Peru » Ica » Ica February 20th 2008

Day 4 - Lesmahagow To Peru. Well, I survived the bugs and 'fruit bats' of Kawai. However, the insect repellant coils need to come with a warning in bigger writing to advise a person to make sure that they are not burning 2 instead of 1. Take it from me - not a good thing to do. No fear of any mossies or bugs though. Inhalation of considerable poisonous fumes, but no bug bites! This morning we travelled on to Ica, via Chinca and Pisco to look at the devestation left by the earthquake and the tsunami of last August. Both towns have taken a terrible beating, and the process of rebuilding is slow and financially hindered. Chincha is on the coast, and suffered the double blow of being battered by a tsunami right on the ... read more
Pisco - The New Pisco
Ica - Los Rosales
Cemetario

South America » Peru » Ica » Ica February 6th 2008

Nach Nasca treffen wir in Ica ein. Da ich schon einmal etwas ueber die Steine von Ica gehoert hatte, machen wir uns auch sofort auf den Weg dorthin. Mehr, als dass es ein Haus in der Naehe des Hauptplatzes des Ortes geben soll, wo ich mehr darueber erfahren kann, weiss ich auch nicht. Nach einer etwas langwierigen Suche werden wir fuendig. Eine alte Tuer mit ein paar Schloessern und ein Name, den ich mit den Steinen in Verbindung bringen kann, lassen mich beherzt klopfen. Fuenf Minuten passiert nichts, doch als ich schon ans Aufgeben denke, oeffnet sich die knarrende Tuer und eine alte Frau schaut heraus. Als wir die Steine im Hintergrund erblicken und unsere Augen anfangen zu leuchten wie bei kleinen Kindern brauchen wir nicht viele Worte um Einlass in die "heiligen" Zimmer zu erhalten. ... read more
Andrea, die Professorentochter und ich (v.r.n.l.)
Kampf von Mensch gegen Dinosaurier
ein Haus auf Flammen!?

South America » Peru » Ica » Ica January 20th 2008

Hola todos amigos, Today I´m covering Sunday 20 January. We stayed overnight in the hotel in Ica (Hotel Real) where Anna and I had the leaky loo. On Sunday morning we were given the option of either attending Church with Marcos (one of the SU workers in the Ica region) or going sandboarding. As most of you will know, I did the sandboarding in Ica back in 2005 with Vicki and some of the CCS gang. Given that I´m an old hat at it (I didn´t manage once down a dune without falling over and resorted to coming down with my belly on the board) I decided to give it a miss - I really just didn´t want to show anyone up ;-) Instead, Fiona, Albert, Ken and I went to Church with Marcos. Maria, a ... read more
The Church Mission Statement
The Praise Band
The Drummer

South America » Peru » Ica » Ica January 18th 2008

Hi Folks, Today I´m covering Friday 18 January. We headed out in the morning from Lima to Kawai, a spot close to Ica where SU have a Girasoles home for boys. The morning was pretty much taken up by the trip in the minibus and I must confess that I slept most of the way!! We were joined on the trip by Marty Clark, the lovely wife of Paul who General Director of Scripture Union Peru, and their grandaughter Phoebe. Kawai is right on the Pacific beach, a beautiful spot. It comprises a large plot of land, which includes space for SU and school camps, the Girasoles home for the boys, and private bungalows which are leased by SU for income generation. We were staying in these bungalows, which contained two bunks each and a bathroom. ... read more
Second dorm
The SU grounds at Kawai
Lunch!!




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