Friday, 5 September 2008

Crossing the border

We left Valparaiso to embark on a 30 hour bus journey that would take us north to the Chilean border town of Arica. We arrived there ridiculously weary and very late at night, but fortunately had befriended another couple who had booked a room at a hostel nearby. We got a room there and relaxed in front of the telly with a bottle of wine and watched a movie about a Mexican chef and his 3 headstrong daughters. Food, food, food, all the way through. It made us miss cooking so much!

The next morning we got up and with our new friends, hopped in an ancient Ford (see photo!) which would take us across the border into Peru. It was all very straightforward and we arrived in Tacna (Peru´s answer to Arica) not long after. Then we had ANOTHER bus ride from Tacna to Arequipa, which is where we are now. Got here last night feeling all bussed out but fortunately found an amazing Peruvian/Swiss restaurant that did super delicious fondue. Felt much better after filling ourselves up on that and a bottle of wine...!
We have one more night in Arequipa tonight before we´re on the move again, this time to Cusco where we´ll be joined on Sunday by our mothers - phew!

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