01.06.2015 - 19.06.2015
So finally back to writing some stories. My time in peru consisted pretty much of hiking and visiting nature. My first stop was in the northern city of Trujillo where I spent two days visiting pre-inca ruins. Is impressive just walking around on a site whcih is more than 2000 years old. Moreover, a had a nice hostel with kitchen so we cooked everyday pasta with vegetables which is a really nice after eating that much chicken and rice!
Then I took night bs, agaiiin, to head to Huaraz which would be my first real hiking destination. Its called the Chamonix from South America and as soon as I arrived I understood why!
I spent 3 days there only hiking, like tough hiking 6-7 hours day but the viiews were amazing. The city has been destroyed years ago by a strong earthquake, so really ugly city, but sooo friendly people and so good street food. They had like fried mashed patatoes filled with vegetables and meat for 1 soles, which is like 20 cent. It was really nice eating again some good food! I would like to put now a smiley but I cant find them on the bolivian keyboard I am using. Other special thing about Huaraz were the dog packs just wandering through the streets, blocking the traffic. When I say dog pack, I mean like 30-40 dogs just runing together, barking and destroying every dust bin they can find on there way.
Huaraz was just amazing and reminded me how much I loved natuure. Oh yes we also went to a casino there, which is really poor seeing as you have a mixture of broking miners trying to get rich again there and almost underaged girls dressed like ... to attact peopole inside the casino. I played with 3 soles on the machines and even won the double, so was street food again!
From Huaraz I took a night bus, by the time I had calculated more than 100 h in a night bus, to arrive in Lima at 5am.... Luckily I found a good lad who showed me around, took me to the metro station, so i wasnt totally lost in this biig city. So afterth metro station I had to walk for at least 1 hour, with all my bags, to arrive at the hostel. And by the way it was raining!
Soo Lima is definitely not worth visiting as a tourist... I mean you stay in the safe neighborhood of Miraflores, so everything is more expensive and really ugly and superficial. So I spent my day at a parc filled with cats, talking a bit to local people and then went to the movies watching the new jurassic world movie and it was awesomme. The next day I went eating with a friend of mine who is archeologist in Lima, the food was the best I had so far, but by all means when one say Lima is world food capital, its true but you will pay for it. Of course still less than in Euorpe but is for South americans really not given. I have to say though I didnt like Lima at all I am sure its really nice living there. Its just when youre used to nature, countryside and small villages, you dont really feel in the right place in a biig city like Lima. Its soo big, really impressive! So after only a night there I cruised to Arequipe, on a 18h bus ride!! But with a full belly and a good boo those hours passed rapidely and I arrived in Arequipa in the late morning, which was for one tome really nice as normally following a night us you arrive between 4 and 6 am in a new town and you cannot checkin into your hostel before noon. This time I was lucky, found a really cheap hostel, which means no english speaking backpackers, only argentininas with rastas, tattoos and singing all day long. But was a nice variation and was good to improve my spanish. Those guys travel a lot through a south america on a very small budget and so the rely on street performances to get some coins. So you imagine whenever they are at the hostel they have to keep practicing their skills, which are not always perfect aha! Arequipa is sooo nice and the food at the market is soo good. I love Peru! Yeah because since Im in Peru I exclusively only go eating at the market. Its really cheap, usually you get a soup and a main dish for 1 euro and the food is prepared by old ladies who are at their best behind a cooking machine. In Arequipa I continued my hiking and I went on a 2 day hike down and through the colca canyon, which is the worlds second deepest canyon at around 3400m depth! The first day was sooo hotm I mean really hoot, that two girls of our group got sun stroke almost direclt yafter an hour waling. But the scenery were amazing! I was for the first time hiking with my sneakers as I broke y hiking boots in Huaraz while slipping on a rock. But I glued them back together and ot seemed to work not that bad.
At night we stayed in the deepest of the canyon and one could see the stars so clearly, there was noo light pollution down there, was amazing !! After getting back to Arequipa I was on for the next nght bus for Cuzcoo. I will stop here as its time to get breakfast here in Sucre, Bolivia! Hasta luegoo