30 hours later...
Trip Start Oct 30, 2009
95Trip End Oct 25, 2010
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Arriving in on the bus into Arica we thought weīd made the wrong choice as this town looked like a dudust-bowlfrom a western movie! But underneath all that sand and dust it actually had a rustic charm and strangely enough McDonald's, Blockbuster video and a thriving nightlife!
We also got to visit not one but two features in the Guinness book of records - the worldīs oldest mummy, a ripe 10,000 years old, beat that Egypt!
And the world's highest lake - Lake Chungará! So maybe not such a dustbowl after all then eh?
Our hostel was nice too, ran by a lovely father and daughter, the daughter giving us some top advice on the local party scene! Which wasnīt too bad actually, if we could remember it! Letīs just say when in Peru donīt order a Caiprinha, letīs save those for Brazil shall we!
This time on leaving we had a lovely 20 hour bus journey to look forward to, but itīs not all bad as these buses are more like airplanes with a hostess, multiple DVDīs and airplane style food, yeah I could get used to this!
Eoin - Though that was before a 2 hour taxi journey with 3 border stops and crammed into the back with what I thought was a charming local lady...it later emerged that she was smuggling...and this is no lie...yogurt into Peru with the aid of a bung accepting taxi driver! Unbeknown to me there were further problems with this taxi, I will leave you with Aidan's quote of the week...
'Next time we have to huddle up in a taxi and there's a funny smelling 100 yr old woman smuggling yogurt...you're sitting beside her...'