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South America » Peru » Ica » Nazca » Nazca Lines November 18th 2004

Wednesday afternoon we caught a bus though to Nazca. By the way, "we" now consisted of Paul and Rebecca as well as Ross. Paul and Bec are from England, while Ross is from Scotland. We were all heading in the same direction so it made sense to stick together. We got in about 4pm, and again there were people everywhere trying to take us to their hostel or sell us plane flights over the Nasca Lines. We managed to get away from them with all our money and bags and walked down to the hostel that we had chosen from our (usually) trusty Lonely Planet guides. Once we had dumped our stuff in the rooms, a guy known as Rastaman (I guess it's the Peruvian dreadlocks) took us around in a car to get our bus ... read more
Our trusty pilot
The Hummingbird

South America » Peru » Ica » Huacachina November 17th 2004

Tuesday afternoon we caught a bus down to Huacachina, a small oasis town outside of Ica. It was really good to finally be out of Lima and actually on the road to La Paz in Bolivia. Huacachina's surrounded by massive sand dunes that you don't want to climb more than once, but the views from the top are worth it. As soon as we got there we headed straight up the dune that was behind our hostel. The sun was setting very fast so we had to move it or else it would set before we got to the top. It was ridiculously hard going, everytime you´d take a step foward, you would slide back half a step in the sand. I finally got to the top just as the sun was setting, as you can ... read more
Sunset from the top
Huacachina Oasis
Us and the Buggy

South America » Peru » Lima November 16th 2004

It's felt like ages since I last wrote but I guess that's just because so much has been happening. Right now we are in Nasca waiting for our overnight bus tonight to Arequipa, so I have a bit of a chance to write. I´m sorry if this is the first journal that you´ve got or you don´t get this one. I´m just adding addresses as I am able. We spent 2 whole days in Lima, mainly in a seaside suburb called Miraflores. It's pretty flash by local standards, but most tourists stay there because it's much safer than the rest of the city. There were some really nice parks, with beautiful flower beds and lush green grass, but I don't think you're allowed on it. By the end of the 2 days we had a pretty ... read more
The legit taxis
Sunrise over the Pacific
We love waiting in Airports!

South America » Chile » Easter Island November 16th 2004

Rapa Nui, Rapa Nui! That's how the song goes that is playing constantly on this cool little island in the middle of the Pacific. The song is playing in the airport when you land and get off the plane onto the tarmac and people are waiting to put flowers around your neck, it's playing in your taxi, it's playing in the restaurant, in the hotel...it's a good song, really, and catchy...yeah, really catchy. Anyways, we had an awesome time here, starting with appropriating a room, it was easy enough, as there are booths of all the hotels and hostels right next to the baggage claim, and whichever place you pick out gives you a ride, also. First of all, the place we stayed, Cabanas Vaianny was great, we had our own bathroom and breakfast, and we ... read more

South America » Bolivia » La Paz Department » Copacabana November 16th 2004

Lake Titicaca situated between Peru and Bolivia in South America is the world’s highest navigable lake. It is 3811 m above sea level! We decided to visit the lake from Copacabana in Bolivia rather than Puno in Peru as Puno was, not to put to fine a point on it, a hole! We had an interesting border crossing between Peru and Bolivia involving buses, a taxi and a rickshaw. The rickshaw man insisted on cycling us and our backpacks up a hill to the border controls and even after one of his pedals broke and Pete was helping him push the rickshaw, he insisted on continuing! We spent the next day exploring Copacabana. The altitude left us feeling a bit winded so we looked around the local cathedral and watched a car blessing ceremony. This involves ... read more
Car blessing ceremony
Buy something small and bless it!
Basilica in Copacabana

South America » Peru » Lima November 13th 2004

Hi all, this is the first propper entry that I´ve made, so it may not go that smoothly, but bear with me, it´ll get better. The flight over from Aus was pretty good. Long, but good. I think it was about 35hrs all up, and we were glad to see the hotel in Miraflores, Lima for more than just one reason. Once we had cleared immigration and customs,(customs by the way consisted of handing a form to guy who obviously had no intention of searching anyone´s bags and looked like he just wanted to get everyone through so he could go home, a little diferent from Australia!) we headed out the departure gate and all of a sudden felt like rock stars. There was a mass of people yelling and holding signs, offering us taxis to ... read more

South America » Brazil November 11th 2004

And so, to Brazil.. the fifth biggest country on Earth. Due to the constaints of time, we were only briefly heading across the South East of the country... but it at least gave us a flavour for it.. Our first stop, from Argentina, was the Brazilian side of the Iguazu Falls. Equally spectacular to the Argy side, but still worth a visit to get a different perspective on this incredible place.. We then had a quick, ie 2 minute detour into Paraguay.. this was because we hadnt stopped to get a Brazilian entry stamp on our way in from Argentina. The Paraguayan border is a real zoo... hoards of people heading in and out with bootlegged booze, cigarettes, and probably a lot of cocaine that has come in from Bolivia.. As we got our stamps for ... read more

South America » Peru » Arequipa » Colca Canyon November 11th 2004

The Trial of Colca began at 6am with a gruelling 6-hour bus journey with our guide to the town of Cabanaconde at the edge of the canyon. The journey went across the Altiplano (high plains) and peaked at about 4800m - the landscape is amazing, with hills and mountains and almost no vegetation higher than your knees. We had lunch and then began the descent of 1300m into the canyon itself. I was feeling a bit ill from something-or-other all the journey there and all the way down the canyon so didn't enjoy it as much as I could have done. At the bottom when I had to exert myself going uphill a bit the dodgyness of the tummy became a bit too much and I was sick a bit. Feeling rough, I went to bed ... read more
The Colca Canyon
Bridge over the Colca river
Rustic accomodation

South America » Brazil » Bahia » Salvador November 10th 2004

"Sao Salvador, Bahia de Sao Salvador A terra do branco mulato A terra do preto doutor..." Magica terra do Senhor do Bonfim! Salvador tem uma energia vibrante no ar, é fisica, quase se pode pegar com as maos. Nao pare na superficie, continue nos bastidores profundos desta cidade misteriosa e enriqueça sua alma! O que dizer de Salvador? Reserve sua passagem! A cultura desenvolvida em Salvador, primeira capital do Brasil, e no Recôncavo baiano, exerceu influência decisiva em outras regiões do país, e na própria imagem que se tem do Brasil no exterior. Já no século passado firmou-se o gosto do baiano - tanto o do rico quanto o do pobre - pelo epigrama (tipo de poesia satírica); pelas modinhas (poesia lírica musicada); e, também, pelos sermões religiosos, praticados desde Frei Vicente. A chegada dos africanos ... read more
Café do Farol
Forte do Farol da Barra
"Azuleijux purtuguezis"

South America » Peru » Arequipa November 9th 2004

So, tuesday 9th we got to Arequipa at 5am and found a hostal then went to sleep for 2 hours. If you're ever tempted to get a night bus from Cusco to Arequipa, go via Juliaca - the road between the Cusco and Arequipa is the Worst Road In The World (Guinness book of records page 262). So, we needed to sleep for a couple of hours so did so and then went for breakfast in the main square and had a bit of a look around. As you can see from the pictures, the main square is really beautiful - a fairly busy place but not too busy (like the pretty but horrible Plaza de Armas in Cusco). Breakast was the best breakfast we'd had so far - for 12 Soles you get a really ... read more
Cathedral on the Plaza
Look, a foreigner!
La Iglesia de la Merced




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