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Heading south through Peru


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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:

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But the city was improved with the enormous local market we found, with aisles selling just bananas, or onions, or pumpkins!

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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:

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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!!).

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We couldn't help but try pisco sours in Paracas either:

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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:

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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.

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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. :-)

Posted by caitlingordon 08:08 Archived in Peru

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