Steve's Adventures in South America
I bought a one-way ticket to Venezuela and I'm not coming back until my tube of toothpaste runs out...


Map of Peru

Most of the crew on the rafting trip continued their adventure onto Cusco to visit Machu Picchu. Myself I have other plans. Today I start my journey back to the UK.

Bags packed I fly to Lima, Peru's capital. I need to overnight there before I start my various international flights back to Ol' Blighty. Choosing a cheap hotel from the airport I grab a taxi to take me there.

Driving through a rough neighbourhood I am reminded somewhat of the first day I set out on my adventure. There in Venezuela I was also driven through a rough part of part town on the way to a cheap hotel. Back then I remember being fresh faced, concerned for my safety and spoke no Spanish. And now? Well after some thought I concluded I was clean shaven, the guys on the street corner could do me some damage and my Spanish definitely still sucked!

A lively last night in Peru I did not have. I had picked the wrong part of town to stay. This place was mainly an industrial estate - it took me 45 minutes of walking just to find a suitable restaurant to eat at! I can't say I was too bothered, it had been a good night last night and I still had a couple of days of tiring travelling to go. With a 5:00 am start in the morning I valued the need for some decent sleep.

Posted by Steve Eynon