Headed for Island time....
08.04.2010 87 °F
Leaving Peru tonight - I´m done with Lima. I spent about 4 days too long here. I´ve seen all the churches, catacombs, museums and shops that I want to see. Peru was definitely easier to travel in than Bolivia. Susanna and I chose to fly instead of taking long distance buses like in Bolivia. There is something to be said about a long distance bus trip though. Makes you appreciate your personal space, air-conditioning and smooth roads.
My family was here for just 2 weeks - they are all back in the States, healing bruises and sore knees as they go back to work. Susanna has probably been to New Seasons, taken a long bubble bath, put on clothes that don´t scream ¨traveler¨and had a really good nights sleep on her 600 count sheets. (I´m just a little jealous!)
So I am the last to leave Lima - feels strange being here without anyone - it takes a bit to adjust to being a solo traveler again.
I´ll remember Peru for the fantastic scenery I saw, in the towns, markets and most of all on the trek to Choquequirao. It was a very strenuous 4 day trek up, up, up to the Inca ruins. No one told me I´d have to trek 20km on my first day! The second was incredibly vertical. My brother and Matthew did the whole 42km on foot - my mom and I opted to ride horses on the steepest parts. I have rarely been so physically tired in every part of my being- but in the end it was a celebration of my brother´s 40th birthday and it will certainly be remembered and talked about for years to come.
Next on the itinerary is Easter Island - the most remote, populated island in the world. The highest point on the island is about 500 feet - so hiking around the island to check out the moai should be very easy!