Walk to (through) the Water

Trip Start Dec 15, 2009
Trip End Aug 27, 2010

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Kusillus Hostel

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Saturday, February 6, 2010

Our final bus journey in Peru would be with Cruz del Sur, the company that we had initially expected to use for all of our journeys. They are one of the more expensive offerings so would the extra be worth it? This was a daytime journey, so we weren't travelling VIP as we have done for the overnight buses. The air conditioning made things a little more comfortable, the baggage handling was very secure and they did play a couple of movies. (Lauren was particularly excited as the first movie was the new Alvin and the Chipmunks movie which she had been hoping to watch for many weeks.) However, the second movie they played at around 6:30 pm was totally inappropriate given that there were kids on the bus, the "dinner" was a dry bread roll with a slice of ham (no butter, mayo, etc) and a piece of cake and the widely advertised “internet onboard” didn’t work. We’re not sure it was worth the extra money, but it was good to have tried it out. More importantly, we arrived safe and sound in Lima pretty much on time, where we took taxi back to Kusillus hostel, which I guess is some sort of recommendation.

Arriving at Kusillus aroused the same kind of feeling you get when you arrive home after a vacation and it was good to be somewhere familiar for a change. The next morning we were off to the Indian embassy in Lima in hopes of securing our visa to visit India in May. Unfortunately they would not be able to process our visa in time, but assured us that it should not be a problem in one of the other countries that we are visiting if we allow a week for processing.

Back at the hostel, we spent a quiet afternoon doing very little. After dinner, we took a taxi to the Parque de la Reservas, a park in Lima known for its spectacular water fountains. This has to be the best value for money attraction in Peru! Entrance fee is S/.4 (about US$1.35) per person and we had a fantastic evening. There are about 12-15 different water fountains of different designs and lighting through the park. Our favourites included a long tunnel/arch of water which you could walk through without getting wet; a normal style fountain that had a central jet reaching up to 80 ft and was surrounded by ever-changing smaller jets. One of the more famous features could easily be missed until it was too late if you caught it at the right (wrong?) time….the entire fountain was flush to the ground, and made up of about 8 concentric rings of water jets (all covered with grills). The jets of water would be quiet for a while, then fire randomly and at unpredictable angles as children and adults alike would run from ring to ring, trying to make it to the centre without getting wet! The yelps and screams usually signaled failure in that regard. Finally the most outstandingly impressive fountain was a long rectangular pool with a series of jets (some of which could pivot) in a single line along the centre of the pool. Along with the jets, there were lights in the pool. These fountains were controlled to “dance” in time with music, with additional lights, lasers and images projected onto the water….very cool (see video attached).

Our final day in Lima was another quiet one. Sarah and the kids shopped for souvenirs and packed the ever increasing volume of stuff into our luggage (hopefully we can much of it home from LA). Derek fell victim to yet another bug and spent most of the day bed with a fever. So much for “iron-belly” Moody!

We’ve been in Peru for about three weeks and despite the issues we’ve encountered with the ground transportation strike (which turned out to be a good thing for us) and the flooding that caused so much damage and turmoil, we’ve thoroughly enjoyed our time here. There is so much to see and do, the people are warm and helpful and we’ve felt safe at all times (other than the crazy taxi drivers…). We’d definitely recommend you take the time to visit this fascinating country.

Next stop LA….
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