Punta Sal, Peru

Trip Start Jan 03, 2007
Trip End Aug 30, 2007

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Wednesday, June 6, 2007

After some majorly adventurous times in the jungle and the countryside of Ecuador, we headed for the border! And what a bizarre border experience it was! There is the ´leaving one country border stop´, then a period of no-mans land, and then the entering the new country stop´, AND the peru border was like a strip of tacky stalls and random buildings! You´d never have known where to go or that it was a sigificant place had we not been on the truck with guides that knew! Anyway, another stamp in the passport!
The terrain changed and we spent ages driving through a desert-like environment .. lots of the same and lots of nothing very much! We hadn´t realised that Peru was so much like this! It seems that water anywhere had a function .... the cars and tuk tuks made best use of the river water as a drive-in car wash!!!

We really loved being near the sea and on the coast! A refreshing change, especially for me the Devon and Brighton girl! The sun setting presented an artist´s palette of colour. When we arrived at Punta Sal, our beach camp site, the sunset was stunning!

We immediately set up tents and got settled with sleeping bags and roll mats! Great! Fortunately a BBQ had been arranged, so all we had to do was sit and scoff and sip on a cold beer looking out over the beach! What more could you want!
Enter our mates from the Exodus Truck (Exodus are another company like Dragoman!). Little did we know that from then on, we´d be crossing paths with this lot all through S America! Their truck was pretty full with about 20 or more, versus our 4!!! Hhhmmm, their truck didn´t look as comfy as ours and so we felt great! We had a few games of cards ... of SPOONS and the card blowing game (no rudeness ... just silly games!), our faves, then home to our tents!
Next day was pretty warm, so we managed to don bikini and catch a few rays and rad a little by the sea! I miss sunning and the sea LOTS! However a beach volleyball court beckoned and we gathered a few to play .... I say play ... and use the term in its loosest sense! It was bloomin hot and with so few of us, it placed greater demand for control and our skill level let us down. However, later on some more of the Exodus gang joined us and with 6 a side, we managed to establish a few rallies and even got a little competitive with appropriate amounts of abuse and sarcasm (namely our lovely Paul!). Then things became all too much, C retired gracefully (another ´loose´ use of the word!) to the hammocks to recover!!

We had also signed up for a sunset horse ride along the beach... clearly the sun of the day had fryed something cranial! Dressed in far too tight clothing, we mentally prepared for the groin-challenging hour! The horses that arrived looked really quite thin and I was racked with guilt at the thought of the poor ´dobbin´ bearing my volumptuous bum! Well, our guide led the way with a gentle walk, apart from the odd moment when one of our steeds stumbled or had a burst or energy and managed a trot and even canter! (poor C with no bra suffered some minor bruising) I´m not sure whether we were excited during these moments or were too busy gripping onto to the neck and reigns at hand to appreciate it! It made us giggle and despite the numbness and progressively sore bottom bits, we survived and the skinny horses lived to stroll the beach another day! We retuned to an awesome tuna steak BBQ on the beach ..... Yummy!

ALl in all, Punta Sal was a cool place that we were able to relax and enjoy the beautiful surroundings!
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