Destination 2: Peru

Trip Start Sep 03, 2004
Trip End Dec 22, 2004

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Saturday, September 11, 2004

Hey folks, we've left Rio and on to our second port of call, Lima. Only here for 2 days 'cos we start the Machu Picchu tour tomorrow - really looking forward to it!

So, our last night in Rio was one of the best! We spent the whole day strolling round and then went up Sugarloaf mountain, where you just get the most amazing views of the most amazing city - was really special. We stayed up there until dark to see it all lit up, it was just spectacular! After a great day, we packed and then decided to make full use of the hotel facilities on our last night, so... first of all was the Sauna and steam room, then the best bit of all, the perfect way to spend your last night in Rio, in a heated swimming pool on the 14th floor of a hotel overlooking Sugarloaf and Copacabana beach, sipping cocktails! Yes, we're backpackers, but why shouldn't we back-pack in style, eh?!

Early start the next morning to fly to Sao Paulo then get a connection to Lima. The flight to Lima was great 'cos it was such a clear day and we got to see the Andes and Lake Titikaka where we'll be cruuising down in a few days! Arriving in Lima was a bit of a shock after spending a week in Rio - it's a lot colder for one thing, and a little less developed. The Peruvians are really friendly people and so helpful towards tourists, and everything is so cheap too!

It has a real colonial feel here as well and our hotel is lovely, it's called The Colonial Inn and looks like it's 19th century Spain with historical relics scattered round the walls, really cosy. Obviously the Spanish way of driving has somehow found its way over to Peru after hundreds of years after the Spanish left - they're all mad on the roads! It's an adventure in itself just to get across the road! Another thing, the taxis, obviously marking us out as tourists, just stop in the middle of the road and beep, crying out for a fare - it's hilarious! Not long arrived, so gonna go get some food round the corner - a Peruvian chicken dish for a pound!

Andy & Jillian
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