So its 10 pm and we board bus and find out i have the front seats on the first floor, which gives the best views for our journey, even at night.
we have just had the largest meal known to man, but as soon as we move off the waitress comes round with a meal which really isnt appreciated , but i grab a rice pudding anyway. then off we head towards ariquipa which is 12 hrs away. in the uk this would be more than london to edinburgh and back. the eats are comfy and the view is amazing, well it is night originally so not that great at first. the bus weaves its way like a F1 cat round the twisty roads, i am surprised to see my g adventures buddies sleeping but it seems most people were faking. after about 4hrs the bus stops for over an hour in a traffic jam, then for the next 1 1-2 hrs we slowly move until we see our blockage, a massive boulder has fallen off the cliff and takes up most of one lane of the road so they are having to let traffic through both ways slowly. after we make it though the jam, the sun starts to rise and we see we are still on the coast. we soon veer off into the hills as we have to get to over 2000 metres today, we pass though some wonderful valleys with their grenery cutting though the usual barren landscape we have become acustomed too.
11 am and 2- 1-2 hrs late we arrive at ariquipa, Peru´s second largest city, it has more the colonial style i was expecting and has some very pretty parts, after checking into our sweet little hotel we head off for lunch and i get my chance to try guinea pig, it is really just like chicken, though that may be due to the fact everything is fried here. it is lovely, though not the most appealing to look at.
after lunch we go grab some ice cream and sit on the main square before looking around a few churches. one very gold and ostentatios, the cathedral though is very understated.
that night we go grab a hot chocolate before some of us head to a bar for a few beers and a bit of dancing before heading back to the hotel at 1.30 am so it has been a very long day.