Trip Start Sep 27, 2005
Trip End Mar 07, 2006

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Thursday, December 8, 2005

From Banos we have travelled down to Peru. The first step was a 15 hour journey down from Banos to Northern Peru. In Peru we camped on a beach and cooked a pig on a spit roast on the beach. There is a picture of this for those who want to see how too many cooks can spoil a pig. Eventually most people went and played volleyball and that left just 3 people to sort it all out so it came out ok in the end.

The truck then took us down a mining road with about 40 tunnels along it. Along the way we went from sea level to a place called Huaraz which is at 3400m (11,000 feet) above sea level. When arriving at altitude you are told to take things easy for a few days so we went on a hike from there to a lake at just over 4450m (16,000 feet). It is incredible how much your lungs can hurt whilst walking when the rest of your body feels fine. However, the view of the lake at the top was worth it.

From Huraz we went to Lima which is at sea level once again! Here we met 8 new people who were joining the trip. Oddly 6 of them had been working in Huaraz digging a drain for a school and teaching English in the evening. The good thing is that they fitted in with the group immediately. Lima is a very big place but we only spent one full day there which restricted what we could do. There are lots of churches that are very beautiful and some nice plazas but once you get away from the middle itīs a bit of a sprawl. Lima has one oddity in that professions tend to gather together. This meant that when I walked down a street containing mainly opticians I was continuously harangued by the hawkers outside offering free eye tests or cheap glasses.

For the final evening in Lima we went to Miraflores which is right on the coast. We had dinner in a restaurant overlooking the Pacific in a large complex of bars, restaurants and shops that stayed open till late. This was quite a surprise as most of Lima looked disappointing for nightlife and the evening was concluded in a ten pin bowling alley were nobody excelled.

From here it is down the coast to Nazca and then inland to Cusco for the Inca Trail.
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