Tuesday, 22 July 2008

Llama llama theres a llama!!!

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16 hours on a bus later we arrived at this!

Hard to describe the sheer size and power of the falls but the lonely planet does a good job when it says "Niagra falls is a ripple in comparison to Iguazu". We viewed them from both the Brazilian and Argentinian sides. The former gives a good overview but its on the Argentine side that we got a close up view. Went on jetboat ride that took us under the spray and it was like buckets of cold water being dumped on our heads - great fun! Falls were spectacular and the visit was topped off by thousands of butterflies, sunbathing lizards and dinner stealing coaties (raccoon things). They actually climb on tables and try to steal your lunch. Another highlight was the first taste of Argentine steak and locally produced inexpensive red wine.

Next stop was Lima, Peru (where we had to buy a new camera despite the nice Sao Paulo lady's many attempts to fix it). Stayed in the pleasant suburb of Miraflores (Limas equivalent to Rathgar/Malahide) and took a day trip to the old Inca pyramids and temples of Pachacamac. Despite encouraging guidebook reviews it was relatively unimpressive... Lumps of bricks in the desert and mangy bald dogs wandering around the place.

The best part of the day was getting there on the Peruvian local buses. Converted Hi-ace vans driven at breakneck speed, swerving in and out of the traffic with the conductor hanging out the side door and dragging unsuspecting customers into the bus "Hey hey... get in get in". We were never sure if the bus was going in the right direction, the conductors main mission seemed to be to get as many punters in the van as possible without worrying where they want to go. We made it anyway!

We´re now in Nazca, home of the famous lines. Took a 35 minute plane ride over the desert today to see them which was really worthwhile. Its totally fascinating to think that they´re around 2000 years old and still in such great condition. Tomorrow we go on a tour of the Nazca grave sites - 2000 year old mummies sitting out in the desert that still have their hair and clothes intact. Attempted to visit the museum but only found a pile of rubble. Such is life in Peru.
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Thats all folks :) We´ll leave you with some interesting images you might not see at home.

xoxo Sian & Dave

p.s. Added images to the last post as well


Blogger Sue said...

Didn't realise you were going to see the Nazco lines - very impressive. It is so cool to be an armchair traveller!! What is that item in the shrink wrap?? Sheep foetus? Madness me thinks. Love to ya both, mumseroo x

22 July 2008 13:17  

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