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Luxury in Lima

Monday, January 17th, 2005

We flew from Tacna to Lima, and the baggage carousel was much less traumatic than the last time we were here – all items present and correct. As usual, we’d sent a heap of emails out to hotels to see who had room. WeŽd selected the popular Miraflores district of Lima and quite a few hotels had come back to us. We picked the Hotel Boulevard as it sounded good value for money compared to the other competitors.
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Tedious Tacna

Sunday, January 16th, 2005

We got a taxi back to Peru in much the same way as we got to Chile, just with less chaos! Strangely enough, we saw Lilo hanging out with his mates at the bus station. He shook our hands enthusiastically again and squinted his eyes for a “bootiful Emma!”. The border crossing was much easier this time, with less bag checking and what felt like a quieter road. The desert hadn’t changed much though.
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In the shadows….

Saturday, January 15th, 2005
Finishing our drinks, we were about to move off when Eug was tapped on his shoulder by one of the three guys sat drinking behind us. Are you English he asked, with a barely perceptible accent belying the fact ... [Continue reading this entry]

Vulture peninsula

Saturday, January 15th, 2005
With our legs relaxed we decided to (at last) take a walk down to AricaŽs sea front, dominated by a huge lump of rock which is the northernmost part of Chile's share of the Andean foothills. High above us ... [Continue reading this entry]

Restaurant El Arriero

Friday, January 14th, 2005
Restaurant El Arriero at number 385 on 21 de Mayo in Arica was where we returned EVERY night for our evening meal because it was superb. Our waiter, Osciel, was such a kind and pleasant guy too and we were ... [Continue reading this entry]

Out of key

Thursday, January 13th, 2005
We were shown to our room at (Old) El Paso which was pretty basic and felt slightly unclean, which we were surprised about considering the hotel is supposed to be a four star. But it's holiday season here so we ... [Continue reading this entry]

Inflatable Lilo

Wednesday, January 12th, 2005
The chaos of Arica's bus station didn't feel half as bad as that in Tacna. A big-bellied and jolly Chilean taxi driver welcomed us into his cab. Gosh it was hot! Our driver's name was Lilo and he was cool - ... [Continue reading this entry]

Tacky in Tacna

Wednesday, January 12th, 2005
Stepping off the air-conned bus was a bit of a shock. The bus station thermometer showed 38 degrees centigrade, and as we gathered our luggage from the bowels of the bus we were assailed on all sides by touts ... [Continue reading this entry]

Not yer National Express!

Wednesday, January 12th, 2005
We booked the Cruz del Sur bus from Arequipa to Tacna. This meant an early start but we could have a snooze on the bus. Our Fiat Uno taxi to the main bus station was an interesting ride as I ... [Continue reading this entry]

Chile, anyone??

Tuesday, January 11th, 2005
After our exertions along the Inca Trail, we'd planned to spend the rest of our adventure taking it a little easier before our holidays were over and it was time to get back to work. A scan of the ... [Continue reading this entry]