Never too soon, never too late

Trip Start Dec 14, 2007
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Thursday, April 10, 2008

Today is going to be a travel day as we catch the bus from Cusco towards Lima (capital of Peru) and it takes a minimum of 20 hours (night bus).

We took advantage to relax, sleep in, and send some postcards and CDs back home. At the same time while reading the local newspapers we were happy to be at Cusco and not further along the trip.

Initially we planned to visit the famous Nasca Lines (huge mysterious lines done on the ground by ancient cultures which are pictures of animals and people).

Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nazca_Lines

However we were not happy about the idea of getting on a small plane in order to see them (this is the only way to see them well). Peru is advanced compared to other bordering countries (Bolivia), but we were not at all comfortable with the potential quality of the small planes, especially if they target the tourism industry (which means lots of flights and small budgets).

Much to our surprise, on the previous day one of the planes crashed killing 5 french tourists and injuring the pilot seriously. We then read that in March there was an emergency landing, and in December a near crash. So our fears seemed pretty real...we will stay away from small planes as a tourist attraction.

News Link: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/7339856.stm

On another note, Bolivia has cancelled their only railway line which goes to the Salar de Uyuni as someone has stolen 100 metres of railway line! So good to be out of there.

In Ecuador political instability seems to be on the increase internally, with the Minister of Defence resigning together with military generals and the Police chief after the President of Ecuador claimed that all the Ecuadorian secret services are infiltrated by the CIA. Lets see what happens there...all lots of fun. Not your typical Benidorm experience!
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