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Our next destination after Trujillo was Cajamarca: another marathon bus journey on minor roads, with beautiful scenery – and more than enough time to look at it. The views this time were of rolling hills, lush, green valleys and cactus-strewn hillsides.
En route, we were subjected to four films from the 'Fast & Furious' franchise, back-to-back, at deafening volume, and unavoidable on the TV screens above our heads. I would rather have ...
... 8220;the tunnel”, a shortcut
through a fissure in the rock formation into which the locals had made steps –
pitch black in the middle and despite being warned, some stupid bint got scared
and stuck at the dark bit.
Despite the guide chuntering on non-stop the whole trip,
everyone else was Peruvian – tours in English are rare and more expensive than
the 20 soles for one in Spanish, was glad I had taken it as wouldn’t have ...
... of them only for a day or so as people seem to be heading off in different directions. Finding it difficult to really get to know any locals, them seem to get about their lives though had a fair few good conversations on buses and taxis. Also problematic as I’m in off season and off the gringo trail. Probably will have less issues meeting people when I get down ...
... elses sleep! Cajamarca is the place where the Inca empire finally fell to the Spanish conquistadores in 1532. Atahualpa, the Inca ruler, was relaxing in thermal waters near the town when a small Spanish contingent approached. He agreed to meet the Spanish in Cajamarca's central plaza, where he unknowingly walked into an ambush. The 168 Spanish beat the 80 000 Inca troops, capturing Atahualpa. He promised to fill a room with gold in exchange for his ...
... the tunnel. Anyway it was a really good adrenaline rush and everyone was grinning when they clambered out the other side.
Our guide kept pointing out animal formations but I couldnt make any out. There were some children selling sweets along the path. I didnīt think anything of it at the time but I realised later that if they were of age, they would be missing school to sell water to tourists.
Wasnt feeling ...
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