In 2009 I decided to do some travel. If you’ve been reading along, you knew I went to Egypt and Jordan in early April. Peru was next…so after being home for 10 days, I flew into Lima, Peru by myself and arrived at my hotel about 11:00pm. For the next three weeks I would be exploring with 10 other travelers through GAP Adventures.
To avoid paying the single supplement, GAP will pair you up with a roommate. My roommate was still awake when I arrived. She was a college student from the Northeast area of the U.S. The next morning I met the rest of my fellow travelers…a diverse group from New Zealand, Australia, Morocco, Gibraltar, Germany and two women from California.
We only had a few hours to explore in Lima, so my roommate and I walked around, and got some street food. After the culture shock from Egypt…I was prepared, so Peru seemed tame. Like Egypt, many of the restrooms were simply a hole in the ground, with no toilet paper available, and you had the privilege of paying to use them! Please don’t think I’m complaining. I’m not your “prissy…pampered” type of woman. I love to camp and rough it! I’m just stating the facts.
I loved this bicycle/wagon filled with fruit!
Unfortunately, I was pretty relaxed on this trip…drinking beverages with ice, eating salads, not being vigilant with my hand sanitizer; therefore, I got an intestinal bug twice. Luckily I had a prescription from my Doctor for Cipro…a broad spectrum antibiotic and that cleared it up quickly each time!
Anyway, we took a boat out to the “Ballestas Islands”…kind of like a mini “Galapagos”…
We had a blast jeep riding in the desert…this is the group minus two of the ladies that didn’t want to take the overnight bus to Arequipa, so they decided to fly and meet us there! (Good thinking!)
We went sand surfing down three hills…progressively steeper each time!
Desert oasis or…a mirage!
After the grueling overnight bus trip…on twisting, winding roads…we arrived in Arequipa.
A few of us walked to the beautiful Santa Catalina Convent. It was built in the 16th century and currently houses about 20 nuns. At its height, there were 450 living there.
This was the laundry area for the Nuns…
More of Peru next time…