26.07.2011 - 04.08.2011 15 °C
Let's see... last time we left you we were in a bus station waiting to get to Peru. Well since then we have learned a lot about busses around here. The highlights are, always take the non-normal bus or you will be on a 9 hour bus ride to another country where the front door never shuts, people are gettting on and off every 5 minutes... some selling stuff, and there will be chickens and more people than seats the whole way. Lesson learned! We also learned that when the bus takes off with your luggage underneath at the border stop... he will be back, but with only half the people. You don't have to run swearing after the bus at 3am in the middle of nowhere... another lesson learned!
But with all of that, we finally made it to the wonderfully hot Mancora in Peru. After coming from cold Quito, to muggy jungle then chilly Banos it was nice to soak up some sun!
We could not get over how calm the water was, it was like swimming in a lake. Apparently the week prior there had been a 3 meter tidal wave, which explained some of the random concrete in the beach, but ever since it had been super calm.
Steve wanted this picture in too...
After leaving Mancora after a few days of sun and relaxation, we started the trek to Chiclayo to catch our plane to Lima. We hopped on a non-normal overnight bus and headed to the city. We also learned that the non-normal bus seats recline to almost 180 and have fun little rests for you calves too! We caught some zzz's on the bus and arrived in Chiclayo about 8 hours before we had to be at the airport.
Next lesson learned... after about 2 hours in a restaurant, they start to look at you as if you'll never leave. And... when we have too much time on our hands we turn into the best tourists EVER!!!
When the time came, we grabbed the smallest cab ever and headed to the airport... no trunk for the bags and barely enough room for me too in the back seat!
Next stop... LIMA!!!
What a great city... we literally spent 3 days just walking around the beach, doing laundry and all the normal stuff we haven't really done since we left! I even went to Starbucks! The first non-instant coffee I've had in awhile!
This is one shot during the day down by the ocean
We also did some shopping and started the obsession with alpaca... Steve loves it!!!
Again... loved Lima so here are a few more pics!
It's cold so the alpaca scarf worked nicely!
And Steve loved the parks
Next up CUZCO!!! We thought we loved Lima but after 5 days in Cuzco now, we decided this is by far the favorite. Complete with a Genesis tribute band in the square!
Cuzco is one of the most preserved old cities in all of Peru. Steve loves the narrow cobblestone streets.
Although, compared to the Inca's we are both GIGANTIC!
There are markets in every corner... with more "Pure alpaca lady"
And Steve loves the architecture
And... I spend a lot of time looking at this
However... big shout out to Mr. Ben Anders for recommending the best hostel EVER! We stayed in the first one in Lima and the same owners have one here in Cuzco. The hostel is amazing and has heaters and hot water!!!
And with the owners one night we drank many many Pisco Sours... a Peruvian drink that will get you!
Tonight we have our orientation with our Machu Picchu hike guide and we hit the trail with our sleeping bags and tents in the morning! Only just over a week left of this trip and neither of us is sure if we never want it to end, or our beds at home would be nice.
Love and miss you all... were off to the navel of the world!