Getting to Peru
20.07.2007 - 21.07.2007 29 °C
On the 20th, we managed to get space on the bus. But the wait had made us restless, and we decided to spring for the 24 hour bus all the way to Lima, Peru, rather than stopping along the North coast. LONG ride, but it went more or less ok. The border crossing was fine, and the bus was a very comfortable double-decker, with movies on board, and three meals a day (but not good meals, unfortunately). The seats reclined enough that you could comfortably sleep for most of the night. In Tumbes, about half an hour after the border crossing, two Peruvian men boarded the bus and went to sleep in their seats. Shortly after this, the bus was pulled over by the police, who came on the bus carrying semi-automatic rifles. They took the two men off the bus, and then thoroughly searched their seats and the toilets, apparently looking for a knife or other weapon (so they said). They never explained further, but we gather that the men must have robbed something in Tumbes, or perhaps stabbed someone. Either way, we never saw them again, and soon the bus was on its way again. We managed to fall asleep early on.
On the 21st, we woke up to find that the bus was behind schedule by several hours - shit! As if 24 hours wasn’t long enough. We were driving very slowly, but they never gave us any info as to why. We rolled on slowly through the drab coastal landscape of Peru - sand and sand dunes as far as the eye can see, and barely any life, apart from semicircular plastic tents housing chicken farms. The landscape seemed the perfect set for a Star Wars movie. Eventually, after almost 30 hours, we made it to Lima. Not a very inviting city we thought. Or perhaps we were just still restless and itching to move. Anyway, we booked a ticket straight away, to continue on to Nasca the next day (Peruvian town, not a racetrack). We spent a restful night in Lima, had some food and drinks in the pleasant Miraflores suburb.
Didn't really have time to take any pictures in Lima - just passing through.