01.27.2013 - 01.28.2013
I took a luxury bus from Lima to Arequipa. This bus had 2 decks, reclining seats, video screens, and a wifi connection that worked if cell reception was reachable. My friend said that it sure beat Nepal where people and animals were actually riding on top of the bus. I wasn't prepared for just how long 16.5 hours is on a bus. The bus left Lima at 4:30 in the afternoon and got caught in traffic and appeared to be taking local roads for the first two hours! Then, once we got moving the coast was real scenic at sunset. We went through some towns which looked real poor. The bus continued on as the moon rose. After watching the movie Paulie in Spanish on the video screens, dinner was served and then I tried my luck at reading the novel I bought in Spanish with dictionary in hand. That tired me out but before the lights turned out for the night the attendant played a raffle type game with the passengers. As for sleep I got my 30 minutes here and there throughout the night. Before dawn I was for sure we were off for the mountains and closing in as it seemed we went up and up and away. Yet as the sun came up it revealed a rugged desert coastline. The ride was supposed to be 15 hours but I knew it would be longer when we still had 150 km to go after 14 hours. The scenery got interesting so I was both trying to enjoy the dramatic beauty but was weary and ready to get to the destination at the same time. Finally, snowcapped volcanoes began to appear through the haze ... really cool! We closed in and arrived in Arequipa shortly after.
A village south of Lima. Many people were in the water.
Another town we drove by south of Lima.
A tiny desert outpost with Chachani in the background.
Near Arequipa a river valley with El Misti coming through the haze in the background.
All of this experience with the busride happened at the basement price of $40 and resulted in a tired rooster.