Peruvian delights

Welcome to Lima! After a crazy week in the jungle, where we celebrated Josh’s birthday, festivities continued with a well deserved scrub up, yum meals and comfy bed back in civilization 🙂

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Our first night kicked off catching up with Diana and Sylvia from Lima who I stayed with when I was visiting a few years ago. It was so lovely to see them both and catch up on time gone by.

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After drinks we had a very special dinner as a birthday gift from Josh’s parents. We had a great meal and savoured every last bite.

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The highlight was for sure the ceviche which is a Peruvian speciality – fresh white fish marinated in citrus fruit and chilli. It was delicious!

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The rest of our stay in Lima involved walking the streets as we do; visiting the city centre which was buzzing with parades and festivities

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And then we headed to Lacomar, a cool open air shopping mall with restaurants and a great waterside view.

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Night time came around too quickly again, and we enjoyed a pisco sour at the hotel bar. Another Peruvian speciality consisting of pisco, lemon, sugar and egg white. Don’t judge till you try!

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Our night ended at a games room. Need we say more? We spent a lot of money getting these tickets… Which got us 2 packs of chewing gum, hello kitty hair clips and a small ball 🙂

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A fun few days in Lima, but time to reacquaint ourselves with our backpacks and off to Columbia we go!

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Llama foetuses to island hopping

After our amazing few days on the road jeep crossing from Chile to Bolivia, we caught an overnight bus to the bustling city of La Paz. Wow.

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The markets, the lovely people, the vibrancy of the busy streets, the hooting of cars, the street food and finally being able to better speak and understand the Bolivian Spanish brought the city to life and made us truly fall in love with it!

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After a couple of days suffering from the typical South America travelling bug, I recuperated thanks to being in the care of the most caring guy ever.. And soon enough we hit the markets and became regular diners at our Bolivian momma, Elizabeth’s busy market store. Fried trout for me, chicken (complete with all its parts) for Livia and chicken for Josh

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We spent 3 great days walking the streets from the mystical witches markets selling potions for every ailment, spiritual statues, incense and most bizarrely llama foetuses which are supposed to bring good luck.. Business here can keeps the lovely ladies on their toes…

Can you spot the llama foetuses below? (Click to enlarge)

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Another highlight in La Paz was visiting the San Pedro prison… If you haven’t read the book Marching Powder you won’t understand our thrill of seeing the prison (only the outside don’t worry moms). A Brazilian guy tried to lure us in to visit an inmate who he had connections with, but we were hesitant and luckily so, as once we said no thanks he tried begging us for money. Hello what’s with the begging? We thought you claimed to be a tour guide and a security guard.. Needless to say we quickly departed the area

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After a bit too much market shopping this guy was looking for something with a bit more adrenaline.. Hello running down a building in a Spider-Man outfit

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Ahhhh so much worse being the person down the bottom watching my love dangling down a building

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But what can I say? He did great! And all smiles as he reached the bottom 🙂

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After a great stay in La Paz it was time to zip up the back packs and goooo northhhhh. Our next port of call was Isla Del Sol. We caught a bus to Copacabana (northern tip of Bolivia, bordering Peru). Now listen to this! I was sticking my head out the window as I do and I spotted 2 friends from Sydney, Nat and Tash! Was so excited to see them and we managed to spend that night with them (and 9 crazy Argentineans) at the magical Isla El Sol!

After a steep, hard walk we reached our heaven! And only $4 a night!

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We watched sunset with drinks and good company

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After a fun night we woke up bright and early to watch sunrise..

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Josh and I carried on walking and exploring this awesome island and Josh made some friends along the way

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But soon enough it was time to leave 😦 easily could have spent another day enjoying this tiny slice of paradise!

But drum roll… Time for Peru! We walked and bussed over the border and arrived in Puno, on the Peruvian coast of Lake Titicaca. With just a quick stopover here we took a morning trip to islas flotantes de los uros – the floating islands of the Uros people.

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It was so cool to see how the Uros people use the naturally growing totoro reeds to construct everything on their islands- from their houses to their boats, furniture and even food!

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That’s all for now friends. Next up we catch an overnight bus to Cusco

Adios and thanks again for following our journey and keeping us company with your comments!

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