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Lima

Peru

overcast -17 °C

We changed money, sorted our bags and generally relaxed before the intense schedule the next few weeks has installed for us acorss Peru, Bolivia and Brasil...

We had the first a day in Lima by ourselves and decided to catch a taxi into Lima´s main square. The traffic was awful and the car fumes were horrible! We eventually figured out how to get in the Plaza de Armes (entrances were barracaded due to a teaching strike!). The square was very picturesque, with the President´s Palace and one of many cathedrals in Lima being the main focal point.

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Plaza de Armes

We walked around for a while before having a tour around Catedral San Francisco. The paintings and architecture were just fantastic and the history was very interesting. We got to walk down into the depths of the catedral into the catacoombs, where and estimated 75,000 bodies lay in huge underground vaults. A large amount of bones are on display and there are some areas they cannot excavate as they have almost become the foundations of the building.

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Catedral San Francisco

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We met our group that night and went out for a meal. The Leader is Pervian and full of information and local knowledge, he explained the ephasise of using local companies and produces for anything we do... The following day, having met our group we caught the bus to Pisco....and so the journey in Peru begins....

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Farellones

Chile

sunny -17 °C

Rental ski gear in tow and wearing nearly all of our clothes we began the winding, twisting and turning up all the steep little roads. We were finally dropped off at our hostel and after a quick check in we were off to the slopes!

We started on green runs so Nic could warm up but eager as ever, we both quickly jumped on the ski lift and headed higher and higher and were eventually happily skiing on the reds!

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On our way up

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Nic preparing for the red run

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Obviously she wasn´t prepared enough....

The views from the top (3350m high) were amazing. We were in the heart of huge Andes mountain range with Santiago now a distant "village" (!) in the background. We had beautiful sunshine, clear blue skies and crisp lovely snow. We were in heaven!

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David after one of his falls!

We´d had a couple of spectacular falls and ended our first day tired but very happy. We returned to a cosy hostel thanks to the log fire and chilled out playing pool, chess and chatted to fellow skiiers!

The second day was more skiing, though as we were still getting over our jet lag it was a lot more relaxed. We basically had the slopes to ourselves, it was bliss.

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Checking out the slopes

We made our way back down, down, down into Santiago and finished off our two days of skiing with a few Pisco Sours!!

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The sunset over the Andes just as we were leaving

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Trying out pisco sours for the first time...

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Santiago

Chile

overcast 15 °C

We left New Zealand at 5.30pm and landed in Santiago, Chile at 1.30pm! We had officially time travelled and were feeling the effects! After a weird night´s sleep we walked into town and had a stroll around the main square and a peek inside the Cathedral.

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Preparing to land

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Inside the Cathedral

During our stay in the city we also caught a furnicular railway up to the tops of Parque Metropolitano where a huge statue stood. From high up we could clearly see the Andes and the thick layer of smog which seemed to constantly hang over Santiago. We took in a dose of culture at the Precolumbian musuem. This was really interesting as they had artefacts dating from 100 to 400BC and mummies which were created 2000 years before the Egyptian versions!

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View of the Andes from Parque Metropolitano

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We sampled some local street food including the renowed "hot dog" with gucamole, tomato, mayo and if you´re daring some mustard!

Santiago city is a modern place and allowed us a gentle introduction to South America. Tring hard to get our spanish right, we even managed to have conversations that involved football! Having said that, this wasn´t too hard as the Copa America is currently on and the whole place is crazy for it. A real treat to see the likes of Brasil and Argentina thrash it out! (That comment was obviously from David!)

Still, with the draws of a modern citry at our fingertips, the Andes mountain range was looming overhead and we needed to get out of the city.....

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Back to Auckland - Goodbye New Zealand

sunny 10 °C

We had a lot to sort out and after doing all our jobs, checking passports and tickets etc we were about ready for a drink! We visited Auckland's Skytower which is 382m high. We were wisked up to the dizzying heights courtesy of an elevator that had a see through floor! The eventual view over the night-time skyline was fantastic and a great way to end our stay in New Zealand.

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Raglan and Coromandel Peninsula

9 °C

Wow! Did we hurt the next day or what! Still our adventure must go on! We jumped in the car and ended up in Raglan for lunch. This is world famous for its surfing. It did nothing but piss it down hard and was just incredibly windy as you can see....

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There were no surfers to be spotted....

We then drove to the Coromandel Peninsula the following day and explored. We had fantastic weather for this - A lovely crisp sunny day and we made the most of it. Off to the beach we went.....OH...but this wasn't any old beach this was Hot Water Beach! You can dig a hole in the sand and enjoy an thermal treatment! Even though the tide was on its way in, we could still bury our feet in the sand and in doing so nearly burning our soles...

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The beach has other powers toooo

We also took a stroll to Cathredral Cove a huge archway on a beach.

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David with a little energy

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David liked jumping that day...!?

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Posted by nicdavid 04:06 Archived in New Zealand Comments (0)

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