Chivay, Arequipa, Nasca, Lima.
14.05.2010 25 °C
after that wonderfull freezing buscamp we left for Chivay, which is a small little crap town in the middle of nowhere; reason for visiting, Colca Canyon, deeper than the grand canyon and famous for its huge condors flying around. We got picked up early in the morning, again, and took a bus up to the canyon. After almost giving up the condors started flying around on hot air streams and it was gorgeous, they are huge and just chilling in the air, at some point even eleven flying around at the same time. They were fascinating, especially when one landed three meters away from me!
We also went to the hot springs in Chivay, a welcome relaxing moment after Machu Picchu, just floating in the extremely hot water making fun of some people there. (V-BOM!)
Beautiful Arequipa after Chivay where we stayed in a hotel which used to be an office; glass walls... Visited Juanita the ice maiden in the morning, which was very fascinating. She was an inca sacrifice left hunderds of years ago on the mountains for the gods and because she froze, she is very well kept. We had a tour in the museum, where they taught us a bit more about inca religion. Another, (marshmellow!) bushcamp at the beach, falling asleep to the sound of the freaking huge waves, I was on cookgroup, we made a spagbol, (spaghetti bolognese), mummy, imagine making that on a gascooker on the beach for twenty people and also making a veg option...
I was in cookgroup with David (german) and Vanish (indian idiot) and it worked out fine but I could have killed some one that day. Especially in the morning, as you are in cookgroup you get up really early to make breakfast for everyone, someone couldnt be bothered to be on time.
The bushcamp was really close to Nasca, where the Nascalines are. The Nascalines are lines in the sand forming a condor, hummingbird, dog, tree, hands, and so on, which are a complete mystery. You can only see them from high up in the air, so I took a rather expensive flight to fly above them and see them all, which was amazing. The planes werent reliable, they have crashed before, so it was rather scary, but the lines are such a mystery that I just had to see them.
After a short drive we arrived to something that I have been looking forward to since forever and which turned out to be the most amazing thing ever; our overnight camping on the deserted beach, dunebugging, sandboarding adventure. We took sandbuggies out into the desert, a girl and boy one, these big open jeepcars and crossed through the desert to the highest peeks where we would take a sandboard out, lie on our tummies and try really hard to go down as fast as possible with as least injuries as possible. The steapest dunes were conquered and Davids arm en face know it.... At some point we were sandboarding down to the beach and there were cartrails all the way down. I made such a speed that stopping was rather hard and I just bounced on to those and flew in the air. Barely any cuts though...The beach is very hard to get to, you have to go through the dunes for a hour with a dunebuggie, so it was marvelous not seeing anyone out there for kilometers long, just deserted, complete peace. We saw a sealion rock, just hunderds of sealions on one rock and after a big refreshing drive we ended at our camp. The tents were really small, so after a bbq on the beach and lots of peru libre (resulting in to trampoline jumps and electric shock dancing) I took my sleeping bag outside and camped under the stars, facing the sea, beautiful waking up to sunrise over the ocean...
The next morning we dunebuggied back to the normal world and drove to where I am now; Lima, the capital of Peru that I am about to discover this afternoon!
I hope you are all doing well, if you ever get bored, dont hesitate to email me and update me on life,
love from Peru.