The Hacienda in nowhere

Trip Start Apr 24, 2007
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Trip End Jul 17, 2007


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Tuesday, June 19, 2007

This morning we set out for the 2 hour drive to our first stop of El Carmen, a tiny village near Chincha. As we left Lima the weather once again was grey and overcast.

Leaving Lima was "interesting". After the town centre came the slums and then the "countryside" - grey / beige barren hills. Much of coastal and southern Peru appears to be this kind of barren desert.

Then - as the cloud cleared and the sun poked its little head out - it was onto the Pan American Highway following the coast south.

On arrival in El Carmen, it turned out that we were actually staying in the Hacienda that was the only thing that the guidebook listed as a site for this venue!

The Hacienda San Jose is a genuine Spanish colonial hacienda, build in the early 1600's with a farm and acres of farmland attached. Rather cheerily it has strong connections to the slave trade and the bedrooms were vast with high ceilings - slightly creepy.

Quiet afternoon playing table tennis and Sapo (throwing metal discs and trying to 'feed' a brass frog - apparently it's very popular here).
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