The 96 hour highjack
Trip Start Jan 17, 2012
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Where I stayed
la familia heather y raúl
in a car in a 6 hour traffic jam in the middle of nowhere colombia
What I did
lots of things
beautiful colombian tropical jungle mountains
We are currently in lima, our first major destination. getting here was a pain in the butt. but, we have a really good place to stay now with amiga heather, raúl and baby zion and their family here in lima. raúl doubted we´d make it in but he doesn´t know we have the best hitchhiking record in the americas. thats probably not true, but it might be.
here it is custom to kiss every person when you first see them and when you go and when you see them again, even if its the same day and they live on the floor below you that you travel to often for lunch, dinner and lunch which is actually a large after dinner snack washed down with coca cola. every meal so far in colombia, ecuador, and peru is HUGE and includes so much rice many people can´t finish.
there was a reggae dance party on the roof the first night.
lets see to re-cap the route a lima. peru from bogotá colombia:
the first day we got a ride with a father and son it was a ride i think raina manifested :
a fast car that goes far and play american pop music. it totally was and they totally did. and some really awesome south american music too. but it wasn´t so fast when the road had washed away a couple months ago on the only road leading from the west coast of colombia to the capitol city of bogotá. there was so much traffic and we were stopped for 4 hours waiting for the cars going east. then we were in crazy traffic for the next few hours- it took us some 14 hours to get 150 miles!!!!!!!! that might be an exaggeration give or take 2 or 3 hours and up to 50 miles but either way its still really really slooooooooow. then we took a bus to a bus terminal where we had to take a bus to the middle of nowhere in the rain at 6 am and got recued by hare krsnas!!!!!!!!!! they brought us to their haven and let us take naps, icey cold showers, and fed us healthy food and taught us that work is for the unintellagent. having passion is not good. and sleeping is for the ignorant.
hare krsna hare krsna krsna krsna hare hare hare rama hare rama rama rama hare hare
....chant this its good for the soul
they invited us to stay forever but we politely declined and threw up our thumbs. we got a ride instantly and drove until 10 then slept in a hotel un piso dos camas or one room two beds; one for himself and one for us. we got a little hard bed and showers fresca this night until 4 am! i think we are still in colombia. the truck dropped us off at ipialis and we got a ride to the ecuadorean boarder at 7 am.
savannah said i really want to hang glide if im going to hang glide i should do it here and a ride stops for us and and theres a paraglide in the backseat with savannah and he says stay the night and we can go paraglide in the morning but we didnt and he drove us around in circles and wouldnt let us go and tried to give us a tour of quito and just said tranquilo tranquilo fresca fresca when raina told him nosotras necessitamos ir a la panamericana ahorita!
so we walked out of quito ecuador and got picked up by 4 men with pistolas then got out in the middle of nowhere because the ride was uncomfortable and they gave raina bad feelings i thought the driver had most likely stabbed people before and the fat kid in the front seat wouldnt quit putting his sweaty armpit on my leg. on top of that i was sitting on the consil box and it fucking hurt oh and to top that all off we were going about 35 miles per hour and they were driving 300 kms. that is approximately 6 hours at that pace. so we got out and it was raining and like 3 am. so we flagged down a bus because they are only US $1 per hour in ecuador. we went 10 hours.
you probably wont get stranded in the middle of nowhere in latin america. its all pretty free around here so most buses will stop for you anywhere when you signal them. its a much more secure public transport system with 90 percent of cars in many areas working as taxis, carpooling, picking up hitch hikers filling their cars to the brim and lots of buses of different sorts.
then we got picked up by some middle aged ecuadoran surfer dudes who took us through the sandy dessert at highspeed and the roads were so bumpy savannahs head kept hitting the ceiling but they wouldnt let her wear her seatbelt. they kidnapped us and took us from town to town looking for a car part and also to a sandy beach where we played in the waves in the tepid southern pacific.
then eventually we made it to the middle of peru. it was late at night so we took the bus overnight the rest of the way to lima, found heather and had a dance party.