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On July 23 (Day 210), we really hit the home stretch, leaving Chile to head for the final country of the trip, Peru. As usual, getting anywhere in the Andes requires most of a day, so we knew that making our way from Arica to the Peruvian city of Arequipa wasn't going to be easy. There were the usual struggles – long lines at the border, a confusing transfer in Tacna, a long bus ride with lots of stops from Tacna to Arequipa – but ...
... Peru; and the national drink of Peru is Pisco Sour. We tried a couple of wines and piscoes, some good, some whoo! Of course our group had fun with it, and Kimberly got pulled into a trivia game (ask her what happened when she lost). The vineyard was interesting enough, but many of us were really looking forward to the next stop to see the Nazca Lines, mysterious drawings in the desert. Unfortunately, here was our first disappointment. We had bus trouble ...
... bus ride trying to convince myself that I was making up the nausea that I was feeling. I really wanted to be social and get to know the group but I think it was better that I sat towards the front of the bus and spent most of my time silently looking out the window. Huaccachina is amazing. It's just this tiny, tiny town built around an oasis in the middle of the desert. It's really strange but even though it's extremely close to coast it's one of the ...
... from the village is nominated to host the festival each year, they see this as an honour and work their best to show the other families their weath. We learnt here that the churches witin these villages are built in the direction of the mountain for which they believe is their god. This comes from the old Inca tradition. From this point we had a long walk along a newly made road of rubble and rock as we continously tried to avoid falling, we zig zagged down the winding paths with ...
... so headed to Zingaro for lunch. I had Costillas de Alpaca al Vino con ratatouille de quinua. Which is Alpaca ribs (well large chops) with a ratatouille of quinua (similar to couscous) S/32, and S/5 for the coke zero.
Then back home for a nap.
Dinner was at Fez. Lovely Meze of Falafel, Kofi and Hummus, with bread and salad S/29. With a strange local juice that I'm never buying again.
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