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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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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]


Tuesday, January 11th, 2005
It was somewhat ironic that our hotel opposite the convent of Arequipa insisted on continuing its "building" development from the crack of dawn, bearing in mind that the sanctity of the convent opposite required silence both from the nuns that ... [Continue reading this entry]

Save our Meat!

Tuesday, January 11th, 2005
After reading someone elseŽs blog, we'd heard about frequent protests in Arequipa. So, it would only be natural to see one while we were here! The main square had a slow march trampling around, under the guidance of a woman ... [Continue reading this entry]

Chance meetings

Monday, January 10th, 2005
For dinner tonight we decided to visit El GuachoŽs, highly recommended for meat, meat and yet more meat. And we weren't disappointed!! Instead of menu descriptions accompanied by pictures adjacent to them, a whole tray of cuts were ... [Continue reading this entry]

All Saints in Arequipa

Monday, January 10th, 2005
Our hotel in Arequipa was opposite the convent and we were greeted by the bells from all over town ringing when we arrived. The hotel was clean and very, very quiet (apart from the ubiquitous door banging at 5am and ... [Continue reading this entry]

Catching up

Sunday, January 9th, 2005
Back at the hotel we had a nice surpise - a note from John and Al, a couple we'd met in the mines of Potosi almost three weeks before. They too were in Cusco, and planning their own ... [Continue reading this entry]

The train journey between Machu Picchu & Cusco

Sunday, January 9th, 2005
Leaving Machu Picchu for the last time was quite sad, but at least we'd had the benefit of two good days of exploring and climbing. Now it was time to catch the first train back to Cusco, and after ... [Continue reading this entry]