El Carmelo Hotel and Hacienda
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Gorgeous hacienda with a great pool and a little zoo. Great food. Everything is very clean. Awesome sleep and hot shower. Little disappointed regarding the selection of wines, just red wines.
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... and of course pisco sours. Not having anyone to join us in the tasting, Kev and I made it a little fun in our own way. We finished our tasters and headed back to the taxi. Now of tour was meant to take us to three bodegas, Vineyards. Our taxi driver had clearly not been told any details, took us to a stop, asked if we wanted to get food or buy wine, the when we said we didn't took us back to the hostel. We were extremely unhappy and immediately asked for a refund. ...
Night bus tonight over to Arequipa - we say night bus but setting off at 13:30 and arriving 5:30 tomorrow morning, itīs more like an afternoon AND night bus! 15 hours of fun!
We shall write again once we are settled in Arequipa. Sorry no pictures at the minute - the cable is somewhere at the bottom of the rucksack! We shall add them with our next entry.
Hope all is well in the UK and you have as lovely weather as we have here.
Mucho amor xxxx
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Up to catch flight to Lima, met our guide Eduardo and our driver Rafael, picked up our stored clothes at the Airport Hotel and drve to Ica 5 hours away . Our hotel is a resort hotel which is way more than we need, but oh well it's nice and expensive. Ica is a poor sand blown city with a huge sand dune right in the middle. Good nights sleep and Nazca lines ...
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The Lines have been studied extensively by many people, most famously by a German mathematician named Maria Reiche, who devoted her life to their preservation. All of the angles and shapes of the Nazca Lines are as exacting as you can get with modern design and ...