What a scorcher!

Trip Start Dec 26, 2004
Trip End Jan 29, 2005

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Thursday, January 6, 2005

So our 10 day travel around the south of Peru has finally begun. Our first stop was in Nasca.

We took a bus to get here. A pretty good company named Ormeņo. I highly recommend taking this bus, otherwise the other great bus company to take is Cruz del Sur. They are extremely cheap! We payed for a 7 hour bus ride about 25$ CAD!! Peru is very cheap. The buses themselves were pretty comfortable. It was a mix of backpackers & locals and it was packed. They fed us some decent sandwiches as dinner & gave us a choice of either Inka Cola (the local favorite pop drink, it tastes like banana, I personally really enjoy it.), water, tea, coffee or mate coca (coca leaves dipped in hot water with sugar which make a very yummy tea that supposedly slow down your heart rate and help in prevention of altitude sickness). Thy also played a couple of movies. Too bad they were all in spanish dubbed!

We arrived in Nasca at around 830pm, we had a rep from the hotel we were staying at come and meet us at the station. He drove us back to our hotel where we checked in. This hotel was awesome! It was a beauty! As you will see from the photos. We dropped our things in our room and went down to eat dinner since dinner was included in our package. We then went up to bed.

The next day, we weren't booked to fly over the lines until 11am so we lounged around the pool after breakfast and then went to check our email and upload our photos from our two previous entries (which btw are online for those who hadn't seen them yet!)

At 11am the manager came to get us and drove us to the airport to board on the plane. I can't remember what the prices were to fly since it was all included in our hotel deal. We got into a tiny tiny airplane only 4 ppl total including the pilot. I felt a bit claustrophobic. The flight took about half an hour, the landscape was spectacular. The lines were also really neat to see. I imagined them much much larger and more obvious but since they don't see to have much of a concervation tactic going here ppl were pretty much free to walk through the lines without noticing them and there was even a road going through one of the lines. It really was unbeivable how they didnt' take care of that better but heck, I guess this is how things work here in third world countries! I was glad when the plan finally landed cos I had started to get nausea. I never get it but man those small planes really know how to rock up and down. We got back to the hotel room with some time to kill since our bus to Arequipa wasn't until 3pm. So we decided to lounge in the room and catch up on some light reading.

Once at the bus station, we found out that the bus was going to be half an hour late, which meant we had 45mins to kill and 2 stomachs to fill. We saw across the street a small hostal with a restaurant so we decided to venture in and see what they had to offer. Phil ended up buying 2 HUGE bottles of beer & 1 bottle of water plus paying for my lunch which consisted of a pancake wrapped around a banana, (yea sounds weird but it was tasty) about 3.50$ CAD!!!!!!! Im going to have such a hard time going back to Canada and everything being so expensive.

We then went back to the station and waited for our bus. While at the station, Phil met a backpacker from Brazil (Jane you keep popping up in my head!! lol), real cool guy. He was doing all of Peru then heading to Bolivia. To make a long story short, Phil had told him about his hammock business and this guy told him that he knew a guy in Brazil who sold hammocks but didnt' export. So guess who exchanged emails with the guy LOL.

We are now in Arequipa and its amazing! But I'll leave that for another travelogue another day ;)
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