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After taking a night bus to Arequipa, which incidentally had leather, first class massage chairs instead of normal bus chairs, we arrived early in the morning. Here we walked around the centre, visited a church and got used to the difference in altitude (a couple of kilometers). The next day we did a rafting tour on the Chili river, which was quite wild.
... climb out of the canyon the next morning was tiring work, although fortunately on the right side of the canyon to the rising morning sun, and with the promise of a dip in some thermal baths it was achieved. The return journey to Arequipa across the altiplano was once again spectacular with the looming Misti ever-present, passing several picturesque villages and some of the most extensive pre-Inca terracing in Peru.
Onward day bus journey to Puno, 5 hours.
... br> The second last hurrah with the Americans was at a funky restaurant (Zig Zag) that requires reservations. Reservations? Fortunately, we were dining at times more consistent with a pensioner's life style and they were able to accommodate us. I had a sizzling volcanic hot plate with alpaca, pork and beef. Complete with a bib! Nice meal, and made up for the previous day's lack of protein.
The absolute last hurrah dinner was pretty low key - but sad because it was the last night ...
... condor can travel upto 250km a day in search for food in the form of a carcass!
This all sounds pretty cool, I'm sure. However, when you are woken from a deep sleep at 3am, to endure a 5hr bus journey from hell to get to this sight, you begin to question it's worth. Having travelled on busses in all but 2 continents, this was by far THE worst bus journey I have ever been on. Sitting in the middle of the back row of ...