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Published: October 29th 2016
My new tour starts today. Unsure to be excited or depressed. Peru is such a large and incredible country. So much variety of what I will see on this next part of the tour. I met the guide Andreas downstairs and he did a quick run through of what I missed last night. He didn't go in as much details as he did the group meeting as he said he gets the group to meet every night before dinner and then runs through the following days plans - what it involves, meeting and travel times, what to take etc. He said its easier to do it that way so everyone remembers and is informed. So rather than overloading me now just touched base and was there to answer any questions I may have. He said he has been out of Peru for 4 months so he is also excited to be back in this tour.
The new people seem alright at first glance and hellos. Most are couples. Just 6 solo travellers. Average ages probably between 30-40 with some early 20s and a few a little older.
We left Lima at midday on a private
bus to a big bus station. From there we had 45 minutes before we had to get on our next bus. Our group was seated upstairs with another g adventures group. I was seated next to Ash as he is the only other on tour without a room mate. We spoke a little and I showed him some Amazon pictures and we had a nap. I woke up just before Paracas feeling a bit ill so unsure if it's travel sick, dehydration or actual sick. The bus was quite nice really roomy and had a lot more recline and seat space than a plane.
The smell at the Paracas bus stop was intense. Overpowering fish smell. From the station we jumped on another private bus to our hotel. It's very basic compared to what I had been in so far but nice enough. I'm so thankful to have my own room. It's so nice to be able to spread stuff out and just relax. Hopefully it doesn't make me come across as completely anti social.
Andreas suggested we watch the sunset. The beach was only a few minutes walk from the hotel. I walked
down solo and saw Catrin, Jody and Ash there. Took some sunset pictures and sat on the wall with the others for a little bit. There was a couple with a tiny kitten walking around with him on their shoulders and when he was on the ground he was running up to people on the beach for attention. He was so tiny. They said they found him abandoned so have been raising him but they were from Holland and said it will be to far to take him home. They plan to take him to Santiago where they have a friend who will keep him when they eventually leave.
We met back in the lobby 6.30 to discuss tomorrow and then Andreas took us out to dinner. He had bought us all a chocolate as a pre dinner gift and then a small pisco sour for dinner. I ate ceviche again there but it wasn't as nice this time. The fish pieces are a lot thicker and therefore more raw then what I had last night. It was a bit much for me. When we got back to hotel I just showered, caught up on some writing
and enjoyed some solo down time. I later found out a fair few of the group went out and had a crazy night. Apparently at the bar they went to had a competition and England was coming second losing to America in a Jager Bomb shot contest so they went crazy to come in at first place. Pretty glad I just stayed in bed as I do not want to deal with a hangover on such a big day tomorrow.
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