August 27, 2005 GMT
Leaving Peru...welcome in Chile

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Leaving Peru...welcome in Chile

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Deutsche Version....see english version below....

Nachdem Katja den Flug ueber die Nasca Linien gut ueberstanden hatte, ging es weiter ueber Abancay nach Cusco. Kurz vor Abancay verschwand Katja in einer Staubwolke, als einige Steine von der Felswand herunter kamen - wohl durch ein leichtes Erdbeben ausgeloest, da es auf einer Laenge von 500 metern rieselte. Aber Glueck gehabt, Katja kam wieder aus der Wolke hervor. Katja begann in Abancay mit einer Grippe zu kaempfen, verbrachte den Abend im Bett, der staendige Wechsel von Meereshoehe, warmen Wetter und der Kaelte auf ueber 4000 metern Hoehe machten uns mittlerweile doch recht zu schaffen / doch Katja schaffte es am naechsten Tag bis nach Cusco, wo wir unser Zelt auf einem neuen Campground aufschlugen. Derreck, ein Englaender, den wir aus Canada kannten, empfing uns herzlich. Nach 2 Unfaellen mit gebrochener Schulter und gebrochener Hand war er nun schon seit fast 5 Monaten Stammgast hier. Katja ging es die naechsten 3 Tage so schlecht, dass sie die Naechte in der Traveller Huette verbrachte - allerdings genossen wir es beide einige Tage lesend auf dem Sofa verbringen zu koennen. Klaas und Willi, ein Paar aus den Niederlanden war schon seit 10 Jahren im Landrover unterwegs, Stewart ud Sheryl auf 2 XT600 waren da und so gaben sich diverse Traveller ihr Stelldichein. Wir verbrachten eine ruhige Woche mit Lesen, Reden, Infotausch und ein paar Bierchen ohne an Ruinen zu denken in Cusco. Bei der Planung fuer Macchu Picchu erreichte uns die Nachricht, dass unser Kontostand bedrohlich Minimalbereiche erreicht hatte, nach langem Ueberlegen,wie es weitergehen soll und kann, entschieden wir die Reise um 2 Monate zu verkuerzen und bekamen noch eine kleine Finanzspritze und motivatorische Unterstuetzung von Zuhause. Irgendwo hatten wir uns verrechnet...aber die vielen km, die grosse Distanz, Reifenverschleiss usw. machten sich doch bemerkbar. Also werden wir Anfang Februar 2006 wieder in Deutschland sein.

So feierten wir unseren 2 Hochzeitstag bescheiden aber gluecklich im Irish Pub in Cusco, Peru, genau 1 Jahr vorher waren wir in Homer, Alaska gewesen, und liessen das vergangene Jahr mit seinen Erlebnissen Revue passieren. Anschliessen feierten wir mit Derreck (KTM), 2 Englaendern, die mit einem Landrover unterwegs waren in der beruehmten Nortons Rat Bar in Cucso. 2 Tage spaeter fuhr Katja alleine nach Macchu Picchu, ich genosss 2 freie Tage mit Derreck in Cusco. Leider war der Morgen von Katjas Macchu Picchu Trip verregnet, dennoch genoss sie einen wundervollen Tag mit einigen bekannten Leuten in MP. Schaut euch die Fotos an, der Regen hatte auch etwas Gutes, es war spektakulaer. MP ist leider sehr teuer geworden, ein Grund warum nur Katja hinfuhr, ausserdem hat ein Amerikaner sowohl die Eisenbahn als auch ganz MP gekauft und vermarktet dies entsprechend. Gerade als wir weiterwollten, trafen unsere Schweizer Freunde ein, wir blieben noch 2 Tage laenger, feierten, besprachen gemeinsame Geschaeftsideen und arbeiteten an einem Businessplan. Nach ueber 2 Wochen in Cusco ging es dann Richtung Titikaka See, auf die Uros Schilfinseln und dann ohne Bike ueber die Grenze nach Bolivien nach Copacabana. Dort genossen wir einige ruhige Tage am hoechsten Schiffbaren See der Welt. Zurueck in Puno ging es nach Arequipa, von wo aus wir den Colca Canyon mit den beruhemten Condor Ausguck besuchten. Ueber einen 4800 meter Pass ging es ueber eine halbgeteerte Strasse nach Chivay, wo wir in einem netten Hotel unterkamen. Die Condore waren einfach unglaublich, mit ihren 3 meter Spannweite schweben sie ueber deinem Kopf und scheinen wie Wesen aus einer anderen Welt. Vom Colca Canyon ging es zurueck nach Arequipa. Unser letztes Peru Abenteuer ging zu Ende. Nach wundervollen 2 Monaten in diesem schoenen Land ging es zurueck Richtung Panamerikana in Richtung Chile. Besonders der unberuherte Norden hatte es uns angetan, aber Peru hat uns ueberrascht mit freundlichen Menschen, interessanten Gegenden und viel weniger Kriminalitaet als wir dachten. Jetzt, kurz hinter der Grenze in Chile freuen wir uns auf dieses neue schmale Land im Sueden. Der Lauca Park im Norden war unser erstes Ziel, dann kommt San Pedro Atacama und dann Bolivien. Der letzte Teil dieser unglaublichen Reise beginnt.

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English version.....

Katja survided the flight over the Nasca Lines...afterwards we headed over Abancay direction Cusco. Close to Abancay Katja vanished in a cloud of dust, when stones dropped down the cliff overhanging the road. A little earthquake shook some seconds, but luckily Katja came out alive. In Abancay Katja started fighting with a cold, spent all evening in bed but made it to Cusco the next day where we pitched the tent in a newly opened campground. Derreck, a british friend we knew from Canada, welcomed us with open arms, after two accidents with broken shoulder and broken hand, he was hanging around here for a while now. Katja didnt feel very good the following days, spent some nights in the Tavellers Hut / but we both enjoyed some relaxing days reading on the sofa. Klaas and Willi, a couple travelling for more than 10 years, Stewart and Sheryl on 2 XT600 were there, so serveral Travellers popped in and out and we enjoyed the company. We spent a nice week, Reading, talking, sharing informations, having some beer, without thinking about Ruins here in Cusco. While planning our Macchu Picchu trip we received the information that our account balance does not show as much money as we thought, so after thinking a while how to proceed, we decided that we have to cut the trip 2 month short and received some financial and motivational support from home. Somewhere we have miscalculated a bit...but the long distances, tires and some other parts did cost us some more money than we expected...so we are coming back to Germany in Jan or Feb 2006.

We celebrated our 2nd wedding anniversary with some Sheperds Pie in an Irish Pub in Cusco, Peru, exactly one year after Homer, Alaska and let all the great things of the past year passing by. Afterwards we celebrated with Derreck and and english couple who was travelling with a Landrover in famous Norton Rats Bar in Cusco. 2 days later Katja was travelling on her own to Macchu Picchu. Unfortunately the morning was rainy, but she had a great day in MP, check out the pics which are spectacular. Mp unfortunately is getting more and more expensive because together with the train it is owned by the americans who exploit it as much as they can. When we were readys to go on, our swiss friends arrived from Huaraz, forcing us to stay some more days, so we had some wine, discussed some business ideas, started a business plan. After more than 2 weeks in Cusco we headed off to Lake Titikaka, to the Uros Islands and then without the bike over to Bolivia to Copacabana. There we enjoyed some relaxing days at the highest navigable lake of the world. Back in Puno we went to Arequipa from where we visited the Colca Canyon, the second deepest canyon in the world with the incredible Condor outlook. Travelling over the 4800 meter pass on a half paved road to Chivay we found a nice hotel. The Condors are incredible with its 3 meter wings span they look like birds out of a movie. Our last Peru Adventure was coming to an end. After 2 wonderful month in this wonderful country we are coming back to the Panam heading over to Chile. Especially the undiscovered North was great, Peru was surprisingly friendly, interesting people, beautiful countryside and less crime than we expected. Now, having crossed the border to Chile we are looking forward on travelling this country in the south. The Lauca Park in the North was the first part, now there is San Pedro Atacama then Bolivias salt lakes...the last part of this incredible journey starts....


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Posted by Martin Wickert at August 27, 2005 11:04 PM GMT
 
 

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