Goodbye South America

Trip Start Feb 19, 2006
Trip End Aug 27, 2006

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Thursday, April 20, 2006

After a heavy night in Pisco, where huge amounts of Pisco (alcoholic drink tasting like fermented Llama dung but ridiculously cheap) were being consumed as well as Quinn hogging the karaoke singing Eagles and Bryan Adams, we set off to our final destination Lima.
Before we hit the capital city we stopped at a small fishing village where we were to catch a boat to the nearby islands.
The islands dubbed 'the poor mans Galapagos' were an hour boat ride from the fishing village. The boat we caught had four 225hp engines dropped off the back. The boat went quickly, very quickly and out at sea, where the waves were massive we were being thrown about everywhere. Everone one on the boat was soaking, apart from princess Lucianne, who stayed remarkably dry.
We arrived at the islands and the driver took us really close to the rocks where we could get pictures of the sealions that were sunbathing. The water was cristal clear and you could see the sealions swimming round under the boat. There were loads of bird species and we managed to see a vulture gorging on a young bird. Cool! As we continued driving round the islands we could hear a really loud rumbling in the distance. We rounded a headland and saw what was making the noise. There were hundreds of sealions on the beach, literally covering every patch of sand. There were huge 3 tonne bull sealions roaring and lazing about in the sun. The scene was unbelievable and looked just like a scene from a wildlife programme. We saw loads more birds (blue footed boobies, for all you ornathologists) and after a while headed back to the mainland and eventually on to Lima.
That night the whole group got dressed up and headed out to what Steve had promised would be some fine dining. We arrived at a really posh hotel and were pretty impressed, considering what we were used to! However the food was awful. We ordered scallops as starter and, when they eventually arrived, they turned out to be mussels that were well past their used by date. We then waited well over 3 hours to recieve our main course steak. It was nice but we had waited that long we were still hungry. We decided to hit Norky's, the local chicken fast food joint that did rotissary chicken. The food was really, really good and really cheap.
The final night was a bit of a disatser as most places were closed. We eventually found a club that played really crap music but after heavy alcohol consumption we all were dancing the night away.
The next morning we squared up with Steve, gave him a tip (we were feeling generous) and as we had a couple of days to kill followed two of the girls from the tour to another part of the city, Miraflores. They had booked into the Inka Lodge hostel, so we checked it out and booked in for our very first hostel experience. The hostel was really nice and immaculately clean. The staff were really friendly and the cleaner kept telling Lucy she was beautiful! Nice touch (Lucy wants to go there again!!). We pretty much chilled out for the next couple of days before heading to Oz, we felt we had earned the couple of days doing nothing! We eventually rocked up to Lima airport on the 19th April where we waved goodbye to South America.

So the end of one chapter on our journey, and what a chapter. South America is such an enchanting place, we started in the bustling city of Rio, where we danced till dawn at the Rio Carnival. We've seen some of the natural wonders of the world at Iguazu Falls in Argentina, the Salar in Bolivia. We've seen and got close to wild animals in the Pantanal and in the Amazon rainforest that you normaly only see behind a glass screen in a zoo. We've trekked the ancient Inka Trail and seen the breathtaking lost city of Macchu Picchu as the sun rises. We've experienced the lives of the real people of South America, people who have nothing but the land they farm their crops and yet their lives seem to be so fulfilled.
As well as this we have met people who will be friends for life, as long as they let us stay at their place in Oz! Yes thats you Nathan and Jane (not Al and Yvette).

We've loved South America, more than we ever could have believed. We hope you have enjoyed the commentary.

Wish you were here
Love Lucie and Quinn
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