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Published: April 14th 2008
36 hours in Santiago, about 35.5 hours to much. Not impressed. To be fair, they had quite a nice park in the centre, big hill to clamber up (or cheat and take the funicular and cable car) with a zoo and a nice collection of religious statues. Didn´t help that the map I was given didnt have enough roads on it, trusted it to much and spent a lot of time walking round a big smelly city, largely devoid of charm. Few big important looking buildings, but nothing that you don´t get in any hygenic cities. Lots of dogs wandering the streets, though unlike Paris, the streets weren´t covered in shit. Chilian wild dogs are better trained than French pets obviously. I´m sure the rest of Chile is much nicer, and given more time to see the rest of the city with guide and an air conditioned bus, I would have enjoyed it more.
Peru is much nicer. Wild dogs are much cuter, more cats around. All major cities seem packed full of traffic, but Peru hasn´t heard of traffic lights or right of way, so it´s a free for all, most agressive gets the space, cars puching into fast flowing dual carriage ways not caring about the front of their cars. Difficult as a pedestrian as have to run accross every road.
Lima itself was pleasant enough, not see that much of it. Beach inaccessible, but nice for an aimless stare into the ocean.
Pisco was hit by a major earthquake last august, still devastated. The blank space next to our hotel used to be a 6 storey block, only the top 2 floors survived. Very humbling to see a city in ruins, scratching to gradually gets itself back on its feet. Best described to me as imagine what Baghdad looks like, this is it.
Also seen Ballestas islands, lots of cute sealions.
Now in Nazca, flight over the lines in the morning.
Will fill in more details of the area and people as go along, internet not easy to get to, not long tonight. Photo´s may have to wait till I get to Canada.
Loving it so far, culture shock to say the least.
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