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"To see a world in a grain of sand, And a heaven in a wild flower; Hold infinity in the palm of your hand, And eternity in an hour." William Blake


A Dune A Day

September 3rd, 2009 by sunflowers

We stayed in a little desert oasis town surrounded by dunes called Huacachina and decided that we would climb a dune every day in order to get fit for the Inca trail.

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Poor Man's Galapagos

September 2nd, 2009 by sunflowers

We left Lima and headed towards Paracas where they have the Ballestas Islands which are known as the poor man’s Galapagos as they have lots of birds and the boat trip to see them only costs $10. The thing I liked best was seeing the flocks of birds fly overhead in formation.

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Lima (Capital of Peru)

September 1st, 2009 by sunflowers

LimaMy sister Gaylene arrived just after midnight to travel with me for six weeks between finishing up doing her masters in Canada and moving back to Korea. We took the first day fairly easy and just went to the main square ‘Plaza de Armas’. Mainly because I had been so excited about making it into the city I had a bit too much to drink while waiting for my sister to show up.

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Peruvian Police

August 31st, 2009 by sunflowers

One guy that I had met said that he was stopped by the police 17 times in the 200km’s coming up to Lima. I did see police along the road and they always look a bit menacing as they are quite big guys and usually look a bit grumpy but I managed to make it into Lima without being stopped by any of them. I made it to the hostel ok as the traffic wasn’t too bad as they had traffic lights everywhere. Which was a good thing as I had been riding for 9 hours without stopping other than for petrol.

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3,500 Year Old Tunnels

August 30th, 2009 by sunflowers

The next day I did a day trip to Chavin de Huantar to see these 3,500 tunnels and carvings. The best bit was that I sat beside Aurthur from Costa Rica who let me practice my Spanish for two hours on the way there and on the way back listened to my concerns about riding to Lima the next day. All other motorbikers I had talked to said that the cops would stop you for made up infractions and ask for money and if the traffic in Lima (pop 10 million) was 20 times worse that in Chiclayo (pop half a million) I am not going to survive.

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Altitude and Wine

August 29th, 2009 by sunflowers

Altitude and wine don’t mix. After getting up to do a walk with a couple of German girls I had the menu of the day which came with either coke or wine. As I don’t really like cola I had wine and had a headache for the rest of the day as Huaraz is at 3000 meters.

Also I would like to give a special mention to the dogs of this area. They are the most violent that I have met and I am constantly being chased by them on my motorbike and a couple of them have bitten my trousers.

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Arriving in Huaraz

August 28th, 2009 by sunflowers

We stayed in another tiny fishing village but stayed in a hotel this time so the guys showed up an hour and a half after we agreed to meet so we were a bit late getting on the road to do the mountain pass to the Cordillera Blanca. The Cordillera Blanca is a region of 20 mountains over 6,000 meters and highly recommended by everyone who has gone there. The road ended up being pretty rough in places and Court’s tyre which was already almost thread bare got a flat. As we were two hours still from Huaraz and it was already three o’clock I decided to go on alone. I got to a place where the road was completed blocked by construction and I had to take off all my luggage to ride it up the mountain side and a nice bloke brought my luggage up in his four by four. Then I crested the peak of the pass (4,200 meters) as the sun was setting on the mountain range in front of me. You are lucky I am only putting up twenty of the photos as I took a lot.

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Little Horses

August 27th, 2009 by sunflowers

That night we stayed in Huanchaco near Trujillo where the locals surf with narrowed pointed fishing rafts known as caballitos (little horses) made out of totora reeds. I would have loved to have gone on one but it was too cold for me. We also visited Chan Chan an adobe city that has lasted so long because of the dry weather. A bit like the massive amounts of garbage you see everywhere.

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El Brujo

August 26th, 2009 by sunflowers

The next morning with a good proportion of the town standing around our camp site it only took the guys two hours to get ready to leave and we were on the road by nine. We stopped off at El Brujo which housed an ancient ceremonial complex and museum about the burial tomb of an important female ruler to the Moche (pre-Inca) culture and was everything I was expecting the other museum to be (the price included a guide) and the descriptions were both in Spanish and English. I also had a chat to the witchdoctor about having a San Pedro (hallucinogenic cactus) ceremony but it took too long to prepare for. The road to El Brujo was too muddy for the bikes so I had to take a Tuktuk to visit.

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Tiny Town Tenting

August 25th, 2009 by sunflowers

Near Chiclayo was a ‘world class’ museum based around the burial tomb of a pre-Inca lord. I showed up at Court’s and Sylvan’s hotel after we agreed that we would leave at eight thirty to get to the museum when it opened.. They were finally ready to leave by two in the afternoon so by the time we had gone to the museum we didn’t get on the road until four and ended up riding in the dark until about eight o’clock and camping the night on the main street of a tiny fishing village which was pretty cool.

Inca Kola is the favourite local soft drink. It is electric yellow and tastes like creaming soda. And we passed a truck had two layers of people in it.

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