|I decided to leave Huaraz a bit earlier than i'd wanted to due to the awful weather...it didn't stop raining for days and didn't look like it was going to, so unable to do anymore trekking or trips Robert and i decided to head back to Lima...a shame as i really like Huaraz, but was boring just hanging around and maybe i'll go back one day..in the summer!
So from Lima, i (alone again - but is never for long!)headed south to Pisco, (hometown of the national drink Pisco sour.) Not the nicest of towns, but the main reason people go is to visit the Islas Ballestas (also known as the poor man's Gallapagos - which me being so poor i thought was quite appropriate and missing out on the real Gallapagos islands!) It was a really good day trip though - spent a couple of hours on a boat looking at all the birds, penguins and sea lions... that was enough for me though not being that much into bird watching (dad-you'd've loved it!)..not to mention trying to avoid all the bird droppings - there were millions of them flying around us all the time...very nerve wracking - especially as i was the only person stupid enough not to bring a hat!
The aftrnoon we spent at the Paracas reserve - miles and miles of desert and beaches..i never knew Peru had such a big desert...and at last i am warm again - the sun has been shining and is boiling hot again now am down from the mountains and near the coast...much nicer!
I left Pisco the next day and headed a bit further south to a small town near Ica called Huacachina - a small oasis in the middle of the desert. I stayed in a really cool hostel here with a swimming pool, met some really nice people and basically just chilled out in the sun for a few days topping up the tan!
I met another english guy called Owen - actually from birmingham - and (much to everyone else's annoyance!) spent a whole evening talking about B'ham, favourite curry houses, curries and basially just that good curry is one of the main things we miss about home! Was funny...Apparently there is a proper indian restaurant in Cusco so we're going straight there when we arrive..!
We all went sandboarding one afternoon in the huge nearby sand dunes ..was so much fun although a little scary they are SO HIGH and you go so fast down them..unfortunately i didnt manage to stand up on the board so had to go down them all front first - which is actually faster i think!...We had a crazy driver who took us speeding over the sand dunes in the sandbuggy - was like being on a ride at alton towers, all screaming our heads off (well, me) when we actually lifted up off the ground! Lots of fun but was glad when we were back on flat ground again!
Didn't really want to leave sunny Huacachina, but after couple days was time to go, say a few goodbyes and head to Arequipa with Owen & another couple Talli & Paul - hopefully for some more trekking, have got lazy the last few days!