8 months down 3 weeks to go
So the rest of Peru was lots of fun....except of course the drunken night in Cusco where a Pax had to put me in a taxi and make sure I got home alright. ooopppsss. A slip up every now and again is okay right??? Let's just say I paid for it the next day until about 2pm.
Colca Canyon got us up close and personal with some condors. Those birds are amazing. The sheer size of them is incredible and it makes you realise why they need the thermal currents to fly. The best part of Chivay was the hot springs. After getting in at 6.30ish 3 pax and I headed off to the hot springs and we had the whole place to ourselves. The water was hot and the outside air was freezing leading to a really refreshing experience.
Arequipa was as beautiful as ever; cobbled streets, an amazing plaza and one of the best lamb loins I have ever eaten. Arequipa also saw me doing one of the biggest solo shopping expeditions of my overlanding career. Talk about over stacking a trolley. I couldn't have fitted one more thing in it if I tried.
Puerto Inka was fun as was and involved me making some crazy dips as an appetizer one night. I have now perfected caramelized onions with tomato and balsamic vinegar. By far the favourite of the night.
In Nazca I slept under the stars in a swag to try and escape a roommate with a cold and a snoring habit. But the highlight of this trip was the dune bugging in Huacachina. OMG. It was amazing. The thrill of going flat out over sand dunes, almost 70 degrees vertically up, followed by 70 degrees vertically down in a machine with a V8 chevy engine and one supped up driver. I must say no rollercoaster will come close to that baby.
Ballestas Island and the best Ceviche I have tasted was next followed by a final ride home into Lima.
So begins my next, and final trip for Kumuka in South America. 4 pax from lima to Quito.
Lima to the heights of Huaraz, where the air was brisk and the curry hot. The potholed road on the way in made for interesting driving, as did some road diversions which resulted in me following my nose to where I thought the hostel was. Huanchaco and some camping so that we could see some Incan ruins followed by a few fun days in the beach town of Mancora and a few more in Punta Sal.
Let's just say the body I was looking at in Mancora was amazing but the horse I was riding in Punta Sal was a real beast. Talk about trying to control the wild one. One minute we're walking down the beach, working ourselves up to a trot and the next I am galloping full speed down the beach, trying to pull up and stay on at the same time. Apparently the speed I was going at was scary to look at but what can you do when your horse has a mind of its own....hold on I found out. No wonder my thighs where hurting the next day. I haven't had to hold on like that in years.
So a short trip over the border and hey presto we're in Ecuador and talk about a change in habitat. Banana plantations and lush tropical forest had me thinking I was back in Brazil.
Our destination and my location at the moment is the UNESCO listed city of Cuenca. Home of the Panama hat and a great chocolate brownie. Yes for those of you who don't know the Panama hat is not actually made in Panama but is made in Ecuador and more specifically in the areas surrounding Cuenca and Guayaquil.
One more day here and hopefully I will find the right one before we head on to Tena and a trip into the Jungle and then finally into Quito, my final destination for Kumuka. A few days with my adopted family in Uruguay before a few more in B.A and then a 14 hour flight home.
Who's ready for a catch up with yours truly?