Rumble in the Jungle & The Tremors
Trip Start Nov 02, 2007
22Trip End ??? ??, 2008
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We got to Arequipa to find a hot polluted city, housing over 15 000 yellow taxis that looked like bugs from the roof terrace of our hostel. Arequipa is volcano and canyon country and no one leaves without making a trip down Colca Canyon - the worlds deepest canyon - twice the depth of the Grand Canyon... So we went right? Nope! And it wasn´t cos we got the lazies! Having been there 1 day and seeing "Juanita" the ice mummy, who (wait for it), really was cool, we got struck down by food poisoning after eating in a chinese reataurent the locals eat at. They were the best noodles we ate - and we paid for it for 5 days after...
Spiking a fever of 39 degrees, and paying homage to the porcelain white bowl every 20 mins for 24 hours, we decided to wimp out and call the doc rather then ride it out and toughen our guts
So armed with antibiotics, nausea meds, anti parasitic tablets and parecetomol we convelesced for 5 days, watching MTV and spanish game shows, oh and sitting on the roof terrace watching the yellow bugs go by...
Oh so you think that explains the tremors? Well not quite! Sunday morning at 2.15am, Stan woke me up as the whole room was moving from left to right. We looked at each other and said ´EARTHQUAKE!´ It stopped after 10 seconds and I was so out of it I went back to sleep. We found out the next day that it measured 2.0 on the Richter scale and was an Aftershock from the big one in Chile a few days before. It was completely surreal and we now have a drill for future earthquakes (thanks Jorge!).
Our trip in Arequipa ended in a great BBQ on the terrace, hosted by Cesar the Hostal owner, we made some great friends and we have to say that Posada del Parque Hostel is the best place to be sick in Peru!