Arequipa, Peru, November 14, 2017
I didn't have a very good sleep. I was sleeping on the beach and all night, all I heard was the roar of the lions, I mean waves as they crashed on shore. Then, as they got louder, I kept thinking soon water would be pouring in my tent and I would be soaked! I wasn't sorry to see 5 am come! It looks nice though-
The land is nothing but rocks, sand and more rocks until-
we came upon three or four oasis in the valleys and for the first time in Peru, a running river!
They grow corn and a lot of rice. The onions are being harvested, all by hand-
The first two accidents I've seen were within 5 minutes of each other. The first happened awhile ago but the second was very recent. The police were there and the lane was blocked with pile-ons. I don't know if anyone was hurt. I would guess both drivers lost their brakes coming down the massive hill. That is something Jono is very cautious about - we crawl down most hills, but we're safe-
We stopped in a fairly large town for lunch but none of the restaurants I checked had any food. One woman just shook her head - why are you open I wondered? Another only had 3 bowls of soup and there were 4 of us and another was serving fried chicken. So, I bit the bullet and finally had chicharrón. It's a chunk of pork with crispy skin, a layer of fat and then meat on the ribs-
Homes along the way. This one is pretty nice: bricks, windows, stucco and a garden-
Driving into Arequipa, there were lots of labourers harvesting. This is the only tractor I've seen-
We're settled in our hotel, close to a supermarket - that's always a bonus! I'm looking forward to exploring tomorrow!