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28 avril 2010

Vilcabamba - Guayaquil

So from Tumbes in Peru, we crossed the border into Ecuador. It's pretty straightforward on the peruvian side, but on the Ecuadorian side, you walk into the first town and no immigration post. It's actually 2km away, you have to get a taxi to get there! so we went in taxi, and the immigration post is in the middle of nowhere next to a motorway, and people have to queue outside in the scorching hot sun... after an hour's wait in the heat, we got our stamp and hopped on a bus to Loja. Not much to say about Loja, we slept in a hotel next... [Lire la suite]
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28 avril 2010

The end of Peru

After our experience with the money exchange guys in Iquitos, we left town pretty quickly ;)We took a plane to Lima the next day. Then a bus to Tumbes, just at the border with Ecuador. All in all, we spent a good 6 weeks in Peru, without even going near the region of Cusco! Peru is a very very culturally rich country with very diverse landscapes. We really enjoyed our stay here.
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18 avril 2010

Scams to cheat tourists

In Iquitos on Thursday we were running out of peruvian cash, so while I waited in a restaurant, Thomas set out to exchange 150€ to peruvian soles. He came back a little while later, quite please with himself as he had managed to get an exchange rate of 3.8. Amazing since up until now the best rate we had ever gotten was 3.76 and the rest of the time we had had to fight to get 3.7. The only down part was that he had only been able to change 100€ because one of the 50€ bills had a little tear in it and the money exchange guy had refused... [Lire la suite]
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15 avril 2010

Amazonia

After Chachapoyas, we headed to Yurimaguas, to finally reach the Amazon and go into the jungle.Making our way from Chachapoyas to Yurimaguas ended up being much more complicated than planned because heavy rains caused a landslide on the roads. This meant that our bus which started its journey in Trujillo and that we were waiting for in Chachapoyas, was stuck until the road was cleared of all the rocks and mud... It took a total of 24 hours! Needless to say, after a 10 hour wait, we hopped into a colectivo to get to Yurimaguas. We're... [Lire la suite]
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15 avril 2010

Chiclayo - Chachapoyas

Long time no write! After a relaxed weekend at the beach in Huanchaco, we moved on to Chiclayo. In Lambayeque, a 10-minute drive from Chiclayo, are Peru's 2 most impressive museums. The museum of Sipan is incredibly rich due to the fact that archeologists found the tomb of an important Sipan , that was completely intact and had not been robbed. The museum is full of fine jewelry and ceramics. It took us a good 3 hours to see everything. Nothing much more to say about Chiclayo, not a particularly interesting town, though definitly... [Lire la suite]
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