Trip Start Mar 23, 2007
Trip End Apr 17, 2007

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Sunday, April 1, 2007

Part of the pleasure of planning your trip on the fly is that you never really know how long you´re going to end up in one city...We had originally planned on spending maybe three days in Huacachina but with both of us being sick we decided to spend yet another day relaxing at the pool...and running back and forth to the bathroom. Or at least one of us did. Still feeling sick after day four in Huacachina, we took our time getting packed up and ready to leave, fully expecting that we´d be able to reserve an overnight bus to Arequipa for that evening...well, we forgot about Easter and the fact that it is a HUGE deal in Peru so there were absolutely no seats available. So we headed off to Nasca in the afternoon, hoping to catch a bus to Arequipa from there. The main attraction in Nasca being the Nasca Lines, we had originally planned on being there only for the day. However, time for a change in scenery.

Nasca is a quaint little city located basically in the middle of the desert so its really hot. We felt fairly safe wandering around there and enjoyed a few days of diete pollo soup since some of us were still sick. The hostel was, well fairly scary...we slept on top of the sheets in our sleeping bag liners and wore our sandals in the shower to avoid any contact with the gritty tub. (Let´s just say that Rob was worried about bed bugs the next day when he started to feel really itchy...) We did manage to take the famous plane ride over the Nasca Lines in a tiny little Cessna. Everyone warns you not to eat before going so we even popped a few gravol. Rob scored the best seat in the plane - right next to the pilot - and I got stuck in the back next to a rather odourous Frenchman with my knees basically up my nose. The good part about being stuck back there is that I didn´t have to fight nausea the entire time like Rob. We were surprised at how much smaller the lines appeared in ¨real life¨ than they do on television however they are still pretty spectacular.

We spent the rest of the day in Nasca shopping in the market and taking pictures before catching the midnight bus to Arequipa.

Photos to come shortly- no USB slot available and the mouse is from the 80s! :)
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