11.01.2009 - 18.01.2009 28 °C
After another day of relaxing we decided to move on and head further South to the amazing Nasca Lines. The lines date back to 2000 years ago. As some of you my know, Laura is not a happy bunny in planes. The look on her face when she saw the 4 seater Cesna that we would be flying in was priceless. Claire and I however, couldn´t contain our glee! We took off and had a great 30 minutes (or in Laura´s case, the longest 30 minutes of her life) viewing the spectacular hyrogliphics.
We then ventured on a trip to the Colca Canyon. This canyon is twice the depth of the Grand Canyon, and the second deepest in the world. We climbed down it. And out again. Once again the mantra ´´think of the thighs´´ came in very useful. The trip started at 3.30am ouside our hostel where we were introduced to our Peruvian guide Roy (no joke). Think 23 and very fit, and as we found out later had been out drinking with friends and hadn´t been to bed. The coach journey allowed us a 3 hour kip, with Roy unnecessarily waking us up every hour. We started trekking, and made it down the canyon in a respectable 8 hours. We were allowed a 20 minute break for a hearty lunch of Alpacca stew (yum). Our bed for the night was a bamboo and straw bed in a bamboo hut in an oasis without electricity. It could have been the Hilton we were so happy to see it. The reformed London gilrs were in bed by 8.30pm.
The next morning Roy allowed us a lay-in and woke us up at 4.30am. Yes, really. Without coffee or even breakfast. For another 6 hours of hiking. Up. Despite the pain in the legs, the views were amazing and the sense of achievement was even better. The three of us ate like horses when we reached the top.
A day later we found ourselves in Arequipa, Peru's second largest city, rocked by earhquakes and volcanic eruptions since the Spannish arrived in 1540. Arequipa is swamped in history so the tourist attractions were a must but we also mangaed to fit in some time for socailising and met some really interesting people. Ask us about Mama Coco´s when we get back, that´s another story!
So this marks the end of our Peruvian adventure and the start of our Chilean dream.