Long Bus Days and Huaraz, Peru, November 4, 2017
I was at the Guayaquil bus station very early to check my bag - it cost 25 cents to have it hauled upstairs! The Cruz Del Sur line is supposed to be luxury-
I had a VIP seat on the bottom floor that reclined 160 degrees-
We were also served supper - yuck and breakfast, double yuck. There were two absolutely obnoxious kids travelling with their Mom. They were very loud and noisy until 11 pm when I asked them to please be quiet. Mom finally mothered and they were better.
Guayaquil to Trijullo is a long haul - 1043 km and when you have to continually slow to almost a stop for speed bumps, it takes forever-
I was hoping to arrive in Trujillo at the normal bus time, anywhere from 6 - 8 am, so I could catch the truck but no, we arrived at 9:30! I hired a cab to chase the truck but his car went slower than the truck - I didn't think that was possible. After 50 km, and speaking with Ninja as to where they were, 70 km ahead, I knew it was impossible to catch them so we turned around. The cabbie took me to America Bus Lines and in 10 minutes I was on my way to Chimbote. 2.5 hours later, I was buying another bus ticket for Huaraz and 4.5 hours later, I was at the hostel! Yeah!
Peru is very dirty. There is plastic everywhere. It's such a shame after clean Ecuador. It's weird too because it's mostly desert-
Outside of Chimbote is a slum, just like a township in South Africa-
The buses are weird too. There's a curtained door separating the driver from the passengers-
Views to Huaraz were awesome-
We drove through some very narrow roads. About 15 km of highway has been wiped out by landslides so it's rough going-
Finally the snow capped Cordillera Blanca came into view. Huaraz is at the bottom of the valley-
The Cordillera Blanca is 20 km wide and 180 km long. There are more than 50 peaks of 5700m or higher. To compare, North America has only 3 mountains higher than 5700m and Europe has none.
It's great seeing everyone after 10 days away. Tomorrow is an acclimatization day and then I guess I'll be doing a little hiking!
Getting into the business early-