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Category: Peru

Guayguil: Passing Through

Day 237 – Sunday 14th May 2006 I woke up early and decided to make my way north. There was no specific reason for this, I just decided that I wanted to get to Colombia as soon as possible, and hanging around in beach towns was not really conducive to achieving this.

Mancora: Ceviche and Pacific

Day 236 – Saturday 13th May 2006 Arriving at 9.00am in Mancora (north of Peru) about 18 hours after leaving Lima, it was clear it was going to be a hot day! I jumped into a golf cart taxi and told my caddy to take me to a hotel. He drove me down the main [...]

Lima: Waiting for a Passport

Days 227 to 235 – Thursday 4th to Friday 12th May 2005 I had planned on staying in Lima over the weekend, so not having been able to collect my Passport wasn’t so much of an issue, more of an inconvenience. The other thing I needed to collect whilst I was in Lima were my [...]

Lima: Birthday Time

Days 224 to 226 – Monday 1st to Wednesday 3rd May 2006 After waiting around in Arequipa for the whole day we caught an overnight bus to Lima. This bus began with such potential! Comfortable seats, decent legroom and right at the front. I was hoping after Bolivia and Peru for a decent bus to [...]

Colca Canyon: Big Birds and Big Canyons

Days 222 & 223 – Saturday 29th & Sunday 30th April 2006 After a few hours sleep I got up ready to go on the Colca Canyon trip with Aaron & Jon, but they were nowhere to be seen, having not returned from going out the previous evening. I was ready to go on my [...]

Arequipa: The White City

Days 218 to 221 – Tuesday 25th to Friday 28th April 2006 After waking up late we made our way directly to the bus station without passing go. We hopped on a bus to Arequipa, a nine hour jaunt, meaning we would hopefully arrive sometime around 9pm. Things didn’t start to well as we we [...]

Machu Picchu: Amazing

Day 217 – Monday 24th April 2006 I think it was a 4.30am get up as we needed to catch our train to Machu Picchu at 5.30am. Staggering half asleep through the streets of Cusco as they were just beginning to fill with people we found the train station easily, aware that for the past [...]

Cusco: Getting Things Organised

Days 213 to 216 – Thursday 20th to Sunday 23rd April 2006 After a rather restless night I was up pretty early trying to sort out my situation. First port of call was the Police station to file a report of theft, as nothing could be done without one. After a few rudimentary questions I [...]

Puño: Passport Problems

Day 212 – Wednesday 19th April 2006 A nightmare day. Things started ok, we caught a bus to the border and crossed over into Peru without a hitch. We then took another bus to the town of Puño where we bought tickets to Cusco. Our bus was to leave at 15.30 which gave us time [...]

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