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Sep 27, 2005 - Grenzerfahrungen

Hallo Zusammen Am Montagabend machten wir uns also auf den Weg in ein neues Land. Beginnen sollte es mit einer einstündigen Busfahrt nach Loja, von wo dann der direkte Bus nach Piura in Peru fahren sollte. Dummerweise existierte der Bus aber nur auf dem Fahrplan und nicht in der Realität! Also hiess es, mitten in der Nacht, genauer gesagt um 20.30 Uhr, wenn hier alles schon so tot ist wie um Mitternacht, ein einigermassen vertrauenswürdiges Taxi zu finden. Der Taxifahrer glaubte wohl, sein überrissener Preis würde uns abschrecken und er...

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Ecuador - Chile

Sep 20, 2005 - Flying pickets

What a palaver! Anyway, I got up hideously early so I could at least get some breakfast at the bus terminal. An interesting feature of this and many other public places are these glass boxes - sometimes very large - containing either a cherubic baby jesus or the Virgin Mary, with a little slot for you to put your prayers in. Perhaps needless to say they are tacky and kitsch in a way unsurpassed in Europe, even in rural Italy or Spain. Another feature of the countryside round here - and north of Quito too - is airplants and mosses growing...

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Sep 16, 2005 - El Alto, Cabo Blanco, Mancora

From Chiclayo we passed through some great towns like Piura and Sullana, did a bit of camping and made our way to the petroleum capital of peru...El alto. It was a bit booring, but we heard that there was a nice surfing beach below called cab blanco. it turned out to be a nice beach but we were the only people there. We relaxed for a day and then departed for a short ride to Mancora. Mancora was paradise. Coconut trees, warm water, great surf, and a hostel where we had our own table for four days and everything could go on the credit card....

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Whe're in America

Jul 3, 2005 - Meet my friend Scot

"... the tourist/traveler distinction has largely degenerated into a cliquish sort of fashion dichotomy... In reality, travel is not a social contest, and vagabonding has never represented a caste on the tourist/traveler hierarchy... Instead of worrying about whether you're a tourist or a traveler, the secret of "seeing" your surroundings on the road is to keep things real," Rolf Potts. Meet Scot. He's from Washington, D.C. We met on April 13, the day we started a three-day tour of the Salar de Uyuní from Chile to Bolivia. I've been...

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Jun 21, 2005 - PERU!!!!

Another day of constant bus travel brings us to Piura, Perú in the middle of one of the most beautiful (Michael's dictating, I say barren) expansive deserts in all of South AMerica. It reminds us of Egypt or Iraq, seriously. I keep expecting to see camels and turbans!! Piura didn't look like much but the people are just the nicest people I've ever met. So nice we were totally sketched out at first thinking everything was a trap and we were gonna get robbed. It's funny how preconceived notions can be so far from the truth. And how sincerity...

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Jun 10, 2005 - Peru - Mancora

Mancora is a surfing town in the north of Peru. It is built along the Pan American highway and has lots of restaurants, bars and shops. The beach is quite nice and the water is warm enough to go swimming in. The waves are only in one area and are quite small at this time of year, perfect for beginning to surf in. We spent seven days in Mancora working on our tans and learning to surf. We had some lessons from a local instructor named Roberto at the solidad surf company and hired a board for a couple of days. By the end Monica was by far the...

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Jun 9, 2005 - Ecuador (Macara) - Peru (Piura)

We were reccomended to do the crossing through Macara down to Piura. The six of us took the night bus (safety in numbers !) but it was one of the easiest so far. We signed out of Ecuador and then walked across a bridge to pass through the Peru customs. After a half hearted search of our bags (which involved prodding the outside of the bag !!!) we were on our way and arrived in Piura at 6am. The journey was very winding and none of us slept well until the last hour (typical !). We said our goodbyes to Patrick & Caroline, and Simon & Vanessa...

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May 28, 2005 - Peru (Land of the Moche and Inca People) - Country no 3

Nice little overnight bus from Loja in Ecuador with 3(yes 3)passport points. I think they have been getting a little paranoid in later years but smooth anyway. In fact, first impressions of Peru is that the overall quality in bus journeys are higher than Ecuador. (Nice change from some of the interesting busses we caught in Ecuador!) However, there is 1 major fault in Peru, they have no Terminals for the buses and all leave from private garages. Therefore you can get suckered by taking 1 company everywhere as the 20 minute walk to the other...

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May 17, 2005 - Loja, Ecuador >> Piura, Peru... Peru! Peru! Peru!

Finally, I leave Ecuador, and head into Peru - country of Paddington Bear, the Incas and eating of guinea pigs! Ecuador was fun, but I did feel it was time to leave, no matter how easy it was to think in dollars... I wondered whether I would miss Ecuador, and find out how much I actually liked it once I'd left it - as in the case with Guatemala... well, vamos aver! Crossing into Peru is no joke... Boarded a Loja Internacional bus at 1pm, armed with some bread, some biscuits and a bottle of water, and would not arrive at the border before...

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Yat's Big Trip

May 12, 2005 - Mancora, northern Peru

Headed up here overnight, to get better waves and warmer water. Guess what! The water's cold, the moon is a tiny crescent and there are no waves :-( It's a nice town, but full of travellers, and I'm not in the mood for it. Looking back, Huanchaco was a great little fishing village, with mainly locals, and I appreciate it even more now. Plus the waves were HUGE! But I didn't go out boarding, cos everyone said this would be the place. More from Guayaquil, Ecuador tomorrow...

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May 10, 2005 - Peru - Punta Sal

An early start and we are off to the resort of Punta Sal - 3km of deserted sandy beach. Along the way the disconcerting sight of huge turkey vultures, none more so than those hovering near the body of a presumed road accident victim. We seem to have been in Peru for weeks now and we are looking forward to crossing the border into Ecuador, not least to try and escape the curse of the stomach problems. I (Shar) seem to be in a minority of two out of the 25 fellow truckies who have managed to avoid problems, but there is a sense that luck...

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Jan 25, 2005 - ...and on to Chiclayo

I arrived in Piura at 4pm and because there was a bus leaving for Chiclayo in a half hour, I decided that I still had enough energy to take it, another three hours would be nothing! The New Pan-American Highway that runs from Piura to Chiclayo goes straight through the Sechura Desert, a large, never-ending area of shifting sands. I got to ride on a double-decker bus and some how managed a seat in the very front on the top deck-it was sweet, almost like a movie!

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