We're staying in the coastal suburb of Miraflores in Lima, just for one night and biding our time until our late night flight to Miami. So we're pretty much out of here. The best thing about South America? Definitely the Andes - all the best stuff we've seen has been up high. What aren't we going to miss? It's a tie between our terrible Spanish and those crazy electric shock-giving showers.... Hasta la vista!
We left Huacachina for our last bus journey in South America. It proved to be a smooth ride to Lima despite my numerous aches and pains. We passed through Pisco, which suffered a lot of damage during the recent earthquake. It's incredible what they've acheived here in just five weeks, and although many people are still living in tents much of the town has been rebuilt. There's also numerous mobile hospital caravans in the centre, but life is continuing here at a bustling pace. I guess the speed of rebuilding is all important, but it doesn't look as if the newly built structures would cope with tremors half the size of the recent quake. It's all a question of money and when you have a family that needs shelter, getting a house rebuilt as soon as possible is obviously the priority. There is only one small part of the Pan American Highway that remains closed and where the bus slows down there are loads of kids with cutaway upturned plastic soft drink bottles attached to sticks that they knock on the bus window with - the idea being that you drop money or whatever else you can offer into the bottles.