Peru Gringo Chapter 1
Trip Start Aug 23, 2008
26Trip End Jun 15, 2008
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The taxi ride from Lima airport to Miraflores was a proper baptism of fire. Never seen driving like it and in some serious shiteheaps as well. Maybe we just aren't used to it but it felt like being in Mad Max. Straight away you notice Peruvians are sound as fook, far nicer than anywhere in Europe and sound about you not talking their language. We went to the the black market and walked about central Lima for hours and nobody hassled, stroked or nicked anything from us.
After two days in Lima we battered on to Ica and then got a hostel in nearby Huacachina, a sweet looking oasis about five minutes from Ica. Most of the people there are young travellers looking to chill out and go sandboarding and it was nice to meet some people. The downside is that the locals are just looking to shake you upside down for all you've got and their attitude reflects this. We're not tight enough and I think the pushy people get the best deals which is kinda shitty.
The second day in Huacachina we went sandboarding out in the sand dunes. If you cant snowboard you may as well just lye face down on the board ('sand skeleton').
This was good craic but not half the adrenalin rush of the sand buggy ride up to the dunes. The driver was a lunatic and kept plumetting off the edge of the sand dunes. At one stage we left the ground going over a bump and I'd say he was trying to freak us out. Brilliant craic though.
We met an Australian on the sandboarding and he came out with us for a few drinks. Sound and knew the craic but unfortunately some American guy tagged along with him and melted our domes all night long. He said he was telepathic and was trainning with the shamen in the Amazon. Obviously the concept of slagging hasnīt taken off in America or this boy would never be getting away with this crap.
Anyway we just chilled out by the pool all the next day before taking an eleven hour night bus to Arequipa.
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Where I stayed
Casa de Arena, Huacachina