Well, where to start....
For the past 3 weeks or so we have been on a group tour around peru, today is our final day. We started in Lima, and what a hole! smoggy and gross so wont bother mentioning that! from Lima we flew to Juliaca which is 3800m above sea level so it took a bit of adjusting initially but neither sam or i had too many probs with the altitude. From Juliaca we bused to puno, a small town on lake Titicaca, where we met the rest of our group. Here we did an overnight homestay with a family on and island in lake titicaca...bit of an eyeopener. The families have no electricity and cooked on open fires, no runing water either! we also saw these crazy islands where people live made entirely of reeds! the next morning had an interesting boat trip back..i was actually afraid for my life cause the waves were so big! but we survived and sam almost made it without spewing.
From Puno we drove to Cuzco which was the highlight of the trip. It was the capital city of the Incas so still lots of cool architecture and ruins. We had a few days there then headed off on the inca trail which was amazing. 4 days of hiking at altitude takes i out of you though, just lucky that we had porters to carry all our stuff. Those guys are amazing, they carry about 25kg and still burned past us up the hills! We were the first group to make it to Maccupichu in the morning and had the veiw to ourselves (pictures to come but pretty much looked exactly like the postcards!). We then had another couple of days in Cuzco before headed to Arequipa and then Colca canyon to see the condors.
The last few dyas has been pretty packed - from Arequipa we went to Puorto Inca which was in the middle of nowhere, but camped but he beach and had a BBQ and Disco. It was a post also used by the incas and had lots of ruins and mass greaves everywhere...you didn,t want to stray of the track incase you feel into a whole full of human bones! From peurto inca we went to haccachina in the dessert. This was pretty cool, went dune buggying and sandboarding on the biggest sanddunes i have ever seen! i go away without injuriny but sam did loose his pants at one stage...we slept the night in the dessert under the stars after a few too many pisco sours.
And today we have returned to Lima slightly hungover after a long busride and boat trip to the Ballestas Islands (sam missed that one which was probably a good idea). Sorry that is a bit longwinded but has been an awesome few weeks and Peru is definately very different to Agrentina and Brazil, I only wish we had more time!
Peru Highlights; Maccupichu (so cool), pisco sours, llamas (cute)
Peru lowlights; budget expiditions (not so budget, where did all our money go?!), watching the boys eat cuy, a whole cooked guinea including the head! (a local delicacy), longdrops and no hot water!