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Trip Start Oct 01, 2012
Trip End Mar 03, 2013

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Hostal Real San Felipe Arequipa
Read my review - 3/5 stars

Flag of Peru  ,
Tuesday, October 9, 2012

We have just arrived in Arequipa having driven from sea level to 2000m above sea level. This means that we could get altitude sickness, this entails headaches and sickness. To combat this we must drink a lot of water meaning that we had a lot of loo stops along the way. This is the best internet connection that we have had since we have started so i thought that i would start from day 1 and explain everything in a bit more detail with photos. Day 1-3 Lima. We stayed in Lima (the capital city of Peru) to start with to try and get over the time difference of 6 hours from the UK. During our stay we visited the city and saw the changing of the guards, this happens every day at 12, the band played lovely music but the ceremony was very long. From the city of Lima you can see the sprawling Favellas on the hill side , this is a town which is made of people who cant afford housing and have built their own home out of recycled goods on the hill side. Lima is a city which is on the coast line, we went to the beach where we explored the area, this area is a lot more affluent than the city centre and is a lot more westernised. One of the pictures attached is of a school that we saw here, it had lovely murals on the side of the walls but the school looked very small. Other schools that we have passed on the drive through Peru have just been one room schools with every age groups in it.On Friday the 5th October the truck (your not allowed to call it a bus) came to pick us up. It is very spacious and clean inside and all the other passengers are very nice, there are people from the UK, Australia and South Korea. The truck took us to a campsite at Reserva National De Paracas, we camp in tents which were made in South Africa especially for this trip. After waking up early we went on a boat trip out to the the National Park Island that home tens of thousands of birds along with Sea Lions, Penguins and Mussels. Every 9 years they harvest the bird poo which they use as a national resource. We then started our drive further down South, on the way to our next camp we stopped off at a Pisco factory., Pisco is a national drink made from the Peruvian grapes. Due to the amount of sugar it is too sweet for wine so it is ferminated for 12 days and then mixed to make a pisco sour. Our stop that evening was in the desert we arrived at a little Oasis just West of Inca, we transferred from the truck to sand buggy's and made our way through the sand dunes (it felt like a roller coaster ride!). Along the way we sand boarded down the dunes, we laid on a board and were pushed down them it was very fun but if you fell off it hurt a lot. That evening we camped under the stars out in the open, it was fun but that night there was a lot fo wind so we didnt get much sleep!Following this we went to Nazca, this is where the famous Nazca lines are. No one is 100% sure of why they are there but there are many different theories mainly associated with star patterns, God and aliens. In Nazca we also went to see some aqueducts (spiral ramp to underground water). We were told that 2000 years ago people wanted to live in the NaZca region, however due to its location near the equator and being in a desert water supply was the main problem. In order to overcome this a small river was located and then a series of spiral ramps were constructed and these acted as service points. Due to weeds growing and blocking the tunnels they need to be cleaned regularly. Following on from this we went to a pyramid, my interpretation of a pyramid before I saw this one was based on the Egyptian pyramids with regards to its shape. This on was flat and was mainly made out of steps. Here they have found 2 tombs and many artefacts. The archaeologists have discovered that there are 7 doors on the side of the pyramid but only one of them leads to the temple were the rich were buried.Today has been a truck day, this is where we left our camp site at 7:30am in the morning and arrived in the town of Arequipa at 18:00.
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