From an Island to an Oasis

Trip Start Jun 09, 2008
Trip End Ongoing

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Thursday, August 21, 2008

Oh Utila! How we loved this Island. We throughly enjoyed our apartment and spent our days on the beach snorkeling. We swam next to sting rays and found an octopus hiding in a rock. Im pretty sure our visa expired we stayed so long. But the time had come to move on to new adventures, plus we had a plane to catch. 

In order to get to the capital, where the airport is, we had to make quite a journey, 2 hours in a rocky boat, 8 hours in an accidental first class bus (the nicest place we have slept yet!) and 30 mins by taxi (mainly in reverse, but no worries the hazards were on) lol
The next day after 5 hours on a plane we arrived in South America!! Peru to be exact on a one month lay over. We arrived in Lima and from the plane it appeared to be Saudi Arabia, we wondered how long we had been sleeping. We got off the plane to a weather shock, it was quite cold for the bikini and board shorts we had been living in the months prior. Lima was a very westernized city and had gorgeous condos that lined the cliffs over looking the ocean. There was surf and Teddy was very excited, until we found out that the water was severely polluted and we decided it was best not to test the hep A and B immunizations. lol
So back on the bus headed to a coastal animal reserve! But we missed our stop so it was on to Ica. lol Which was fine because we had no idea that we were arriving at an actual desert oasis. I only knew that these existed in Saturday morning cartoons. It was amazing and beautiful. And Teddy couldn't put his hands down, he was so excited when he saw the dune buggies and sand boarding that was to come. So needless to say we signed up for the first run of the morning the very next day. We jumped in our 9 person dune buggy with one other couple, I was very scared and Teddy couldn't stop smiling. We took off at full speed headed up the dunes (suspension would have been nice). The best part of the tour was that they would drop you off at the top of the dune with your sand board and then retrieve you at the bottom! We started off on a  small dune (50 ft) and then continued on up till we were going down a 1000 ft dune. AMAZING!
After a couple days at the oasis we left on an overnight bus to Arequipa, which is where we are now. The city is busy and beautiful. The people are very friendly and the food is cheap. We found a great hostel with terraces that over look the city.

Except once again teddy got the ..............bedbugs!!! So he is now an expert at locating and destroying! The worst of it is over and we got upgraded to a bigger room :) We have no immediate plans to leave the city.
Living la vida loca,
Brooklyn and Teddy
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