There are some things that we have in the ...

Trip Start Jan 24, 2000
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Trip End Feb 15, 2000


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Friday, January 28, 2000

There are some things that we have in the US that we just dont appreciate, but I will CERTAINLY appreciate when I get back.

Paved Roads

The last post I mentioned that I was going on a 2 day hike in the Colca Canyon, which is twice as deep as the Grand Canyon. Well, it turned out to be only a minibus tour, which wasnt all that bad. The town we stayed in was called Chivay, and it was a very poor town. (Think straw roofs, almost everyone barefoot...). The scenery was beautiful, (pictures to come later), but let me tell you, taking a 5 hour busride down a dirt road with huge bumps in it is not my idea of fun. This road had long streches of water that we had to drive through, big ruts in it from larger trucks. I wouldnt have even driven my Jeep down this road. For those of you in Houston, picture yourself driving down the section of Louisiana street at 20MPH for 5 hours. 2 days in a row. In a car that has the worst suspension known to man (if it even had one). The trip was definitely worthwile, but Kevin and I have agreed -- no more bus rides unless we are absolutely certain the road is paved.

Hot Showers

You can guess that our accomodations in Chivay were less than stellar. We had a bed, a door, and a roof, but that was about it. They had a shower and a sink for us, but guess what, no hot water. Not too pleasant.

Sanitary Restaurants

Dont read too far into this one. The food was actually decent. Its just that I dont really like to eat in restaurants that have dogs milling about the floor, people walking around barefoot, and worst of all, recycled straws. Yup. I noticed that the straws that were on the table actually had residue on the inside....I just drank straight out of the bottle....

Warm Summers

I guess it has a lot to do with the high altitude (which really affected several people in our tour group), but coming to a country in the summertime and experiencing temperatures in the high 50s in the middle of the day is not what I had in mind.

Stoplights

Pretty basic, right? wrong. I have only seen one traffic light in this whole town, and its supposed to be the 2nd largest town in Peru. Sure is fun when you are trying to cross one of the busy intersections...

BIG CHANGE IN PLANS

We have had a pretty big change in plans today. We were initially supposed to spend some time in Lake Titicaca touring the islands, then spend a few days in La Paz, Bolivia. But after talking with several people here in Arequipa, we found out that they have unbelievable tours of the Amazon Jungle in northern Bolivia. So tonight we made our plans. We will fly out of Arequipa tomorrow afternoon to a town called Puno, then take a 5 hour busride (in a charter bus on paved roads) to La PAz. Then it gets interesting. From what we understand from those that did it, we will then go to the MILITARY airport, fly in a MILITARY jet to a small village in the middle of the jungle, and spend 4-5 days taking tours of the jungle and rainforest area, seeing things like the pink dolphin. It is supposed to be absolutely amazing. We are hoping that everything goes as scheduled on this trip. After the jungle tour, we will fly back to La Paz, then fly to Cuzco where we will hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.

I dont know when my next post will be -- hopefully in La Paz before we head out into the jungle. I seriously doubt they have the internet int he jungle. But then again, who would have thought they would have internet cafes on every corner in Peru....
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