|homestay mum & sister|
Okay, mushy stuff over (I can admit I blubbed a little bit on the way to the bus station this morning), time to tell you about my past month! Again, this could very easily turn into a small book, so good luck with reading it (if you get to the end you're a pure trooper, I don't even know if I can type it all). RIGHT lets start the chapters!
Moray and Maras
So in my last post I don't think I talked about another mini-excursion me and the American did. We decided to take a little weekend trip to see some of the famous sights around where we live (because I mean, we've been there for 3 months, we should really see some things that aren't cafes and hostels). About a 40 minute drive from Ollanta are Moray and Maras, some really beautiful villages dead in the countryside. Moray is
Maras is another village. The attraction of this village are the Salineras, about 20 minutes out of town. The Salineras are huge salt flats. It's interesting here too, because they are nothing like the salt flats in Bolivia, which go on for miles and miles and are just plain white planes. No, the ones here are carved out on different levels (the Peruvians do love their terraces), and are sectioned off (look at the picture, it's kinda hard to explain). The views of these salt flats are absolutely insane - they spread quite far, and you have to drive down to get to them, which makes for incredible views. It's also the home of the famous Peruvian 'Pink Salt' which is supposed to be great for illnessess and gourmet cooking. After this, we were suppposed to go to Chinchero, a town famous for it's market. However, we arrived there after dark, and on deciding that we didn't want to find a hostel in this sketchy looking town, went for the safe option and went back to Cusco. We do love Cusco.
|on the hike|
Why not go back to Lake Titicaca again? I was there in August with Steph, and it really is a beautiful place. So I went with the American again, and another girl from Ollanta! It was a lot of fun, and Bolivia really is cheap. Although the people, they're not so nice. Don't know if it was bad luck but pretty much every who talked to us was rude. But, hey ho. Also, it was freezing. And so very very windy. To be fair it is something like 3800m above sea level and on a lake, so you can expect it really. We stayed on the Isla del Sol (birthplace of the first Inca) for a night, and walked the hike from north to south which was challenging but fairly enjoyable. (More information about Isla del Sol in a much earlier blog post). The night we stayed on the island was, again, freezing. So freezing, infact, that the 3 of us got into a double bed because it was just that cold. I also had about 100 layers of clothing on. It was a short but sweet trip across the border, but to be honest we were happy to come back to Peru - nice people, nice food, nice wifi.
So this is possibly the most exciting part of my past month. Me and Holly (I should start using her name really), decided that, because we're here and neither of us had been yet, to take a trip into the jungle. I thought I'd been here long enough without seeing the Amazon to go any longer. So, last week, we did it. Last
Right, so, I think that's about it for the moment. Sorry there's so much! So much has happened in a month. As I said, I'm now in Cusco, and fly to Lima on Wednesday morning to live with Maddi in my beloved San Miguel until I finally fly home on Saturday! Excitement doesn't cover it. This week is going to go quickly, but I can't wait until I'm home :)
I'll probably write another post when I'm in Lima, just to let you know I'm there!