Left the hostel at 8.30 am to catch the bus to Tacna (S Peru). I am very pleased with the amount of Spanish I have learnt since we have been in Peru and in fact have realised my spanish is a damn sight better than taxi/bus drivers as none of them know the word "PARE" means "STOP" it does not mean slow down a tiny bit and toot your horn like mad. Nick had booked the front seats on the bus so we were able to experience the terror of bus travel even more! We eventually made it to Tacna 1 1/2 hours ahead of schedule (surprised not!) We found 3 Italian girls at the bus terminal who were staying at the same hostel in Chile so we teamed up and found a taxi driver who would take 5 of us across the border (me Nick and the driver in the front of a Mondeo, had to hold our breath in all the way). It all went very smoothly and we were at our hostel by 6 pm! By this time the effects of the trek and the alchohol had really caught up with us so we just ate and went to bed.
So now for the facts about Peru:
We have travelled:
37 miles by taxi;
1943 miles by bus;
100 miles by train;
6 miles by speedboat;
1 mile by reed boat;
3 miles by Mula (just me);
We have spent 236 hours climbing up mountains;
We have eaten 13 eat as much as you like buffets at $2 each (bargain!)
Nick has eaten guinea pig, baby condor and alpaca;
We have said "no gracias" to 121 lookie-lookie men/women and "si" to 9 so now have a collection of alpaca hats;
Heard 1456 horns hooting (me), 965 for Nick as he kept taking his hearing aid out.
We have had a great time in Peru but they have a long way to go with regards to tourism especially independant travellers. It is impossible to get around the country you have to join an organised tour with a guide which is almost always a rip off. Dont' think we will be returning anytime soon!