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  • Day79

    Huacachina is a random oasis in the middle of the desert. I was disappointed to discover that despite originally being a natural oasis, they now top it up! We're staying at the Upcycled Hostel which is awesome. Everything is upcycled and the owner Lorenzo is lovely. It also has a pool, not that we've gotten in it as it's freezing! It's the perfect place to chill in the sunshine, although being in the desert it gets mighty chilly in the evenings.

    The hostel does good cheap food so we decided to grab lunch there so we could spend more time topping up our fading tans. The hostel is slightly outside of Huacachina so after lunch we wandered in to check out the oasis. It's so strange that there is a beautiful lake in the middle of absolutely nowhere! It was only a 10 minute walk from the hostel but for 3 soles you could get a tuk tuk back which we did as we really wanted to go in the tuk tuk!

    Later in the afternoon we headed out for a couple of hours of sand buggying and sand boarding. We were picked up in a 10 person sand buggy from our hostel and headed out into the desert. The guy drove us round like a maniac for a bit which was really fun before we stopped to do some sand boarding. This sand boarding was very different to what we had done in Florianopolis. To start with it was way steeper! You also didn't go down standing up. Instead you lay face first on the board before you were pushed over the edge. It was scary! We did this 3 times in 3 different places (well Simon did, I decided I'd had enough excitement after the second one). We then sat on the ridge and watched the sun go down which was pretty magical.

    In the evening we decided to eat at the hostel again as the food is so yummy. We then huddled around the fire pit chatting to a few other people that were also staying in the hostel whilst listening to music. The hostel has the most amazing playlist ever!
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  • Day80

    This hostel is so very chilled that there isn't a set time for breakfast, you can just eat whenever you wake up so we didn't set an alarm. For breakfast we had a nice cup of coffee (it was actually tasty) along with some fresh juice, scrambled eggs and some really nice fresh bread rolls (this is a novelty for us as everywhere else we have stayed in Peru they are usually dry).

    After lining our stomachs we headed out on a wine and pisco tour with 4 others we met in the hostel, Adam and Amy from the UK and Alexa and Devyn from the US. The first winery we visited was called Tacama and is apparently the oldest winery in South America. We arrived just after an English speaking tour stared so we had to wait an hour for the next one. This didn't bother us though as there were 2 trampolines in the garden that we could have a bounce on. This amused our taxi driver so much that he filmed us. You may now be able to find us on YouTube under #crazygringos.

    The place was huge and far larger than any of the wineries we visited in Mendoza. It was quite the whistle stop tour however we did get to see lots of the old machinery they used back in the day which was really interesting. The building used to be a monastery so it's also really pretty. After our tour we got to try a red, white and semi sparkling wine as well as some pisco.

    Our next stop was a much smaller winery called El Catador. This involved a very quick tour before we headed to the tasting area. Here we got to try a rose and a red wine which were incredibly sweet and not good at all. We then got to try some pisco, a tangerine pisco and two pisco cremes. Now pisco is pretty disgusting but the tangerine and cremes were delicious (probably because they didn't taste like alcohol).

    We were then meant to visit a third winery but because we had to wait at the first one we ran out of time. We therefore headed back to the hostel for some lunch and sunbathing by the pool.

    In the evening we headed into Ica for some dinner. We were going to head into Huacachina however Lorenzo had warned us that the food wasn't good there and a few people had gotten food poisoning which didn't sound that fun. Lorenzo therefore recommended that we visit a Chinese / Peruvian fusion restaurant which sounded pretty interesting so we decided to give it a try. Alexa and Devyn decided to join us too which was nice. It was good Chinese food but I didn't get any Peruvian fusion which was a shame. Simon also managed to order enough rice to feed a large family.
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  • Day92

    I had a full day in Arequipa arriving by nightbus on monday. Yamina, Bran, Belgian cousins, I met in the bus and me and breakfast together, then I rented some walking sticks for trek number three. I met Marcos again for lunch, had guinea pig (it tastes a bit like very good chicken) and got more and more excited for the big hime up to 5800m above sea level.
    I got picked up at 8o'clock, joining me were Severin and Olivier from Thun, Chantal from Grund bei Gstaad, Eva, a German and Ophir, an Israeli. Very cool group. We picked up some more gear like grampons, ice axe, tents, I took some warm pants and gloves, it was supposed to be very cold up there. We started at 3400m with about 15kg on our back. The hike to our base camp at 4500m was very scenic with a great view over Arequipa and Chachani, the other volcano slightly above 6000m. Arriving there, we put up our tents and had soon diner, a soup and spaghetti, exactly what you need. We went to bed early since the alarm clock would go off at 1am the other day...Read more

  • Day93

    Wow, that was one long, exciting day! After a short breakfast we left the camp without the camping gear at 2:20am with our head torches and a lot of motivation. We had 1300m to climb up and had a good pace, everyone in a good shape. We made breaks every hour, sunrise was soon and the shadow of Misti looked like a pyramid over Arequipa, beautiful! At around 5500m we had to put on our crampons and take our ice picks since we had some ice/snow fields ahead. After a very steep crossing we arrived at the border of the crater and had still about 150m to go up. That's when I started to feel a bit nauseous and very tired. Lack of oxygen and a bit of altitude sickness, I thought. It went through my head of stopping here and not going to the top but hey, as Marcos said, once in a lifetime, right? And there is my head, whenI want something, well, I thought, das geit de scho. So we continued the last, again very steep bit to the top. Oh dear, that cross didn't and didn't get closer. I don't really know how I did the last steps in the sand but the I was there. What a view at more then 5800m!
    Because I felt worse (what a suprise...) I just sat down and concentrated on breathing. I took only a couple of pictures and was happy to get down quite soon. I got a bit worried, we had in total 2400m to go down, first crossing again this very steep ice field. Well, it wasn't fun, defenitely not the best moment of my trip but we made it safely to a place where we would take an alternative route down, or a short cut, as our guide said. And I think that saved my whole day. We could slide down the sand, making lot's of meters in a short time. We arrived at base camp at around noon, the others had diner, I took a nap, still feeling so weak, tired and nauseous. You are of no use in this state, couldn't help the others taking the tent down. My companions were great, all not affected by the altitude, helped me with water, carrying things and gave me big big moral support. Chantal offered me a peach juice which I could drink and keep because, yes vomiting was also involved in the whole thing just to loose all dignity up there. So that was the first sugar in 10hours, gave me the kick and zagg, I was almost back to normal. The way down was again sand sliding, very funny. We arrived at the parking lot around 3:30pm, put all the luggage on the roof, sat in the car and it broke down. So we had to wait for another one to pick us up. That made me arrive at the hotel way later then expected. I had diner at Marcos, said ciao to him and his family and went to bed early without packing anything for tomorrow. What a day! I am so greatful everything went well and I am so looking forward to see Sophie again for our road trip in California!
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  • Day82

    Just off the coast of Paracas you will find the Islas Ballestas. They are also known as the poor mans Galapagos and as we we couldn't afford it on this trip we were hoping to get our wildlife fix!

    We were picked up from our hostel at 7:45am and headed to the harbour to catch the boat. After around 30 minutes we reached the islands. En route we passed Paracas Candelabra. It is a prehistoric geoglyph and is of mysterious origin. Call me a skeptic but there were some suspicious looking lines surrounding the candelabra that may have explained how it never disappeared! You can't get off the boat as the island is protected but the driver slowly took us around the edges and into the coves whilst the guide explained a bit about the birds and animals. There was also a pretty cool rock formation in one of the coves that looked like a face!

    We saw blue footed boobies, Peruvian terns, sea lions, bright red starfish and 32 legged starfish (I didn't even know there was such a thing!). It was amazing! I can't get over the sheer number of birds there actually were. They were boobies everywhere!

    Because there are so many birds, there's a distinct aroma of guano (more commonly known as bird poop). Apparently researchers clean the island of guano every 8 years as it's a seriously good fertiliser! That must be quite the task as in 2011 they collected 40,000 tons.

    We were also incredibly lucky to see 4 Humboldt penguins. These penguins are pretty small at 45cm and also sadly endangered. Along the coast of Paracas you can also find lots of Pelicans which are fun to watch.

    As the boat trip was only a couple of hours long we had the rest of the day to lounge on the beach which was nice. As the sun started to go down we decided to have a couple of beers on the seafront and watch the sun go down. It's also starting to hit us now that the South American instalment of our adventure is coming to an end which is a little sad.
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  • Day81

    Today was moving day with our bus leaving at 12:10pm so we were in no rush to do anything. We went for breakfast which again was made fresh when we sat up to the bar and it was great scrambled egg, coffee and juice.

    We packed our bags and vacated the room around 10 to sit out and wait to get a taxi.

    Our bus was only an hour or so to Paracas but they still fed us. We had Chinese style rice and chicken (similar vibe to the night before) and chocolate cake for desert. We barely had time to finish lunch and an Inka Cola before we arrived in Paracas. It was a 10 minute walk to the hostel so we didn't bother with a taxi but that didn't stop about 10 beeping their horns at us whilst walking and screaming out the window 'taxi taxi'.

    The hostel was only a stones throw away from the beach so once we had set our bags down in the room we changed into our beach attire and headed out for some sunbathing. It still gets pretty chilly on the coast when the sun goes down so we headed back for a shower before dinner.

    I was craving a nice burger and chips for dinner and luckily the number two restaurant on trip advisor was a burger joint! We ordered food and smoothies which came out in a giant goblet along with giant straw to go with it. It was like a meal on its own!!

    We headed back to the hostel after for some Suits on Netflix and an early night.
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  • Day139

    Wir brechen im VIP Bus zu unserer letzten Übernachtfahrt auf. Dank Entertainmentprogramm und breiten Sitzen ist die 18 Stunden Fahrt ein Kinderspiel.

    Lima, die Hauptstadt Perus und die einzige direkt am Pazifik, unser Endziel, Heimat von 10 Millionen Peruanern ist...riesig! Zur Orientierung nehmen wir an der obligatorischen Free Walking Tour teil.
    Wir lernen, dass Lima 1535 von den Spaniern gegründet wurde, unter anderem, da dies ein guter Ausgangspunkt zum Meer wie auch in die Anden war. Natürlich wurden auch hier wieder unzählige Inka vertrieben bzw vernichtet.
    Das Glanzstück ist die Plaza Mayor, die von den Regierungspalast, dem Rathaus und der Kathedrale eingerahmt wird.
    Wir bestaunen die unzähligen Holzbalkone, von denen es mehrere in der ganzen Altstadt gibt und die ein hervorragendes Beispiel für die Kolonialarchitektur sind. Zudem fallen sehr viele gelb gestrichene Fassaden auf, dies ist dem Umstand zu verdanken, dass es hier so oft bewölkt ist. Die Spanier wollten etwas Sonne um sich haben und machten aus der Not eine Tugend.
    Wir besichtigen das alte Bahnhofsgebäude Limas, das heute ein Literaturmuseum beherbergt. Das gläserne Kuppeldach wurde aus Fenstern von durch Erdbeben zerstörter Kirchen gebaut. Upcycling war also auch schon 1908 bekannt.
    Nicht weit davon steht die Iglesia de San Francisco. Eine Kirche aus dem Jahr 1546. Früher wurden hier die Limeños bestattet, weshalb man auch die Katakomben mit den Gebeinen von Verstorbenen besichtigen kann. Das sparen wir uns.
    Den Rest des Tages bringen wir ein bisschen Geld unter die Leute. Wir brauchen ja noch ein paar Souvenirs.

    Wir haben uns im Stadtteil Miraflores niedergelassen, einstmals war dies ein eigenständiger Ort am Meer, wohin die gute Mittelklasse Limas zog, um unter sich zu sein, heute gehört es zum Distrikt Lima. Hier gibt es jede erdenkliche Bank Perus, unzählige gute Restaurants, fast jede Fastfoodkette​ und ein sehr schönes Einkaufszentrum mit direktem Blick auf den Pazifik. Es wurde in die Steilhänge gebaut und so wundern wir uns, als wir laut Karte eigentlich schon mitten im Zentrum stehen müssten: nein, wir stehen drauf :-). Ein topmoderner Bau, in dem man von den Terrassen der Restaurants den Ausblick genießen und auch die zahlreichen Gleitschirmflieger beobachten kann.

    Mit dem Bus machen wir noch einen Abstecher in das Hippie-Stadtteil Barranco. Ein schöner, etwas ruhigerer Teil Limas, allerdings tobt hier was künstlerische Darbietung angeht wohl eher am Wochenende der Bär. In den Straßen ist kaum was los und so genehmigen wir uns in einem Atelier einen Kaffee und bewundern die teils skurrilen Werkstücke.

    Im Zentrum von Lima, in Miraflores und auch Barranco, den touristischen Knotenpunkten ist alles pikobello sauber. Ständig sieht man mehrere Mitarbeiter der Stadt putzen, kehren oder Müll aufsammeln.
    Nur, wenn man seinen Blick auf die Hänge schweifen lässt oder bei der Anfahrt mit dem Bus interessiert nach draußen schaut, sieht man Häuser, bei denen die Stahlträger darauf warten ein zweites Stockwerk tragen zu dürfen, wie fast überall in Peru und Ecuador.
    Wir sind dankbar, in einem hoch entwickelten Land wie Deutschland aufgewachsen zu sein.
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  • Day161

    Zum (vorläufigen) Schluss unserer Reise dürfen wir nochmal 2 Tage in Lima verbringen und sind angenehm überrascht von der Stadt, die alle immer ziemlich negativ in Erinnerung hatten.

    21.06.2017: Walking Tour und Circuito Mágico del Agua
    22.06.2017: Miraflores erkunden

    Langsam aber sicher verabschieden wir uns aus Südamerika und bereiten uns auf den Flug zurück Richtung Europa vor...

  • Day2

    Nach rund 24h Reisezeit und 7h Schlaf in unserer ersten Herberge geht es heute in Lima auf Entdeckungsreise. Erste Station: Das Büro der Lufthansa, weil Basti beim Umsteigen in Panama seine Jacke vergessen hat ;-)

  • Day2

    Unser erster Tag in Lima neigt sich dem Ende. Heute Vormittag haben wir einen ausgiebigen Spaziergang entlang der Steilküste unternommen - vom Hotel aus sind wir beginnend am Parque del Amor bis zur Avenida José Prado, immer mit Blick aufs Wasser gelaufen. Im Gegensatz zu diesem wirklich schönen und ruhigen Teil der Stadt wurde unser Heimweg akustisch begleitet vom Motorengeräusch unzähliger Autos und gefühlt doppelt so vielen Hupen.Read more

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