18.11.2013 - 27.11.2013
3,157 kilometres. 7 cities. 2 weeks. Far too many hours of bus travel.
We crossed the border into Peru without issue, and headed to Piura, in the north.
Knowing we had only a couple of weeks until we were meeting others in Chile, we wasted no time, heading on quickly to Trujillo for a single night.
There we visited the archeological site of Chan Chan - somewhat less impressive than the ruins of Europe and Asia that I've seen:
But the city was improved with the enormous local market we found, with aisles selling just bananas, or onions, or pumpkins!
Then it was an overnight bus to Lima for a couple of nights. We had a fairly relaxed time here, exploring the streets of Miraflores, spending a night with Jacks cousin. Justin and I also went to the ruins of Huaca Pucllana:
Following this, we travelled the short distance to Paracas. Here we went to the wineries around Pisco, having our first taste of Pisco (coming away with three bottles between us!!).
We couldn't help but try pisco sours in Paracas either:
We also did a day tour around the area and to Islas Bellestas, known as the poor mans Galapagos. The tour encompassed various archeological sites. Here's a few shots from the day:
We then started our trip south to Cañon del Colca, with a stop for the day in Ica and Huacachina while we waited for a night bus.
The guys couldn't help themselves, and had to climb to the top of the sand dunes at Huacachina, with Jack rolling down and Justin running along after him.
Finally, we made it to Arequipa, spending a day wandering the streets. I also paid a visit to Juanita, the ice princess, who had been found nearby, and is said to be a sacrifice by the Incan people.
Our last few days in Peru were spent hiking Cañon del Colca, but that's for another blog. :-)