Town of stone statues
Trip Start Sep 23, 2010
366Trip End Jul 13, 2012
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Got up at 8am, had breakfast and then checked out around 9. We then loaded up and walked to the bus station where we had the usual harassment from touts trying to get you to go with their bus company. They are physically worse here! We made a choice and waited for it to arrive, approx. 11am. We knew it wouldn't be a big bus but we tried to get the biggest we could but ended up on a 21 seater and sitting at the back! We also knew it would be a bumpy ride but we didn't realise how bumpy! The main road soon disappeared and turned into a bumpy dirt road and being at the back we felt every bump! Some of the bumps had us leaving our seats and got quite painful in the end. At 3pm we stopped for a food break which was a welcome relief from all the bumping around and at 3.30 headed off again, but half an hour in the road turned back into smooth tarmac. An hour or so later we stopped at a junction and we had to change to a car for the last 5ks
The morning didn't get off to a great start as I'd been up half the night with trips to the bathroom. We finally got up around 8.30am and had breakfast in the hostel, (well I shared one with Cat as I still had no appetite) It was one of Marios specials, scrambled eggs with tomato and spring onions and if I'd been feeling better I'd have enjoyed it. Glyn, Sam and Cat went for a walk whilst I stayed by the loo as I couldn't keep away from it for very long and when they returned we walked down the pharmacy to get me some thing for the acid reflux. At lunchtime we decided it was a bit late to go to the archeological site as it closed at 4pm. Glyn and Sam wanted to go horse riding instead and I persuaded Cat to go with them so that I could relax and try to get better. Once they got saddled up and hit the trail, I settled in and watched a really bad Tarantino movie and after that finished my book in the hammock with a view upstairs. After finishing my book, I sat and chatted with a few other people staying in the hostel about our travels etc. At around 6.15pm Cat and the others returned from their horse ride and it seems that the horses weren't as tranquillo as they'd been told and Cat has decided that she'll never ride again
After another unsettled night I'd decided enough was enough and we headed down to the pharmacy once more to get something stronger. I explained my symptoms and the pharmacy decided that I had Amoebas and promptly came out with two sets of tablets and a bottle of liquid. He also pulled out a dessert spoon and said take two of the liquid now and when you get some water take one of the tablets too and continue that every six hours. The other four tablets were a strong antibiotic and had to be taken all at once after lunch. So we left the pharmacy and I got a little emotional as I was in a lot of pain during the night with trapped wind. When we got back we had a light breakfast and then got ready to go the the archeological park. The walk to the park took around an hour (mainly uphill) and then a further three to go round it. There are around 130 stone statues in the park of various sizes and styles, some of which have a tomb behind it. It was a beautifully set location with a river running through and it was surrounded by mountain landscape. We finished in the park around 3.30pm and walked back along the road (this time down hill) to the centre and back to our hostel. When we got back we relaxed for a few hours until around 6.30 and then we went to El Fogon for dinner. After that we went back to the hostel for a shower and to pack most of our stuff ready for the morning. Tired from a busy day, we got an early night as we needed to catch a bus in the morning.