South America | Peru | Southern Peru | Southern Coast | Nazca Lines – Time to start heading South
Woke again with that ‘Sunday moring’ feeling (as I have had each day since arriving), drinking my usual overdose of coffee whilst leisurely reading in Hotel Espa?a’s wonderful rooftop cafe. Although I could happily stay here for days, my time in South America is sadly very limited and I need to get a move on. Also I wasn’t finding Lima particularly inspiring, a mere hostel, no matter how interesting, is no reason to hang about.
I decide to hook up with Toby from Sweden (who is on much more interesting journey from Mexico to Argentina) and head for Nazca. 6 hours later, having sat on a bus with a multitude of interesting natives and two chickens (still alive but hidden in bags ….. the clucking gave them away) we arrive In Ica. By changing at Ica, we halfed the fare of the direct bus. Here we were joined by some more Gringos, namely Beth, Avi, Edo and Jonathon. After another few hours travelling in the luxury of one of Peru’s budget buses (no chickens to be heard) we arrive in Nazca …… to then be whisked off to a Hostel by touts keen to offer us preferencial rates. Suprisingly enough, they then contunied with the hard sell with their prefential rates for the flight over the Nazca lines. Having no interest in sitting in a 8 seater plane looking down at some overturned stones, I was happy with the lowcost room.
After my temporary companions signed the best part of $50 away, we set off to find food and watch the local fiesta, nice evening had by all.