First Day in South America
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January 30th, 2007 – by: gopackjo
Well, I am on the road again. I decided to take this trip because I had some time off before my next job starts in March, and I had some frequent flyer miles burning a hole in my pocket. Walla!! You've got a three week trip to South America.
But in the interest on financial responsibility I am going to try to keep the cost as low as possible. That means roughing it in cheap hotels and hostels. Now, I have been to about 40 countries but I've always maintained a certain level of comfort. :)
My flight left Madison at 10:30am yesterday, and the first two connections went perfectly. The last leg was the flight from Atlanta to Lima, and it was scheduled for 6 hours in the air. We had just passed over Cuba (not alot of lights) when the announcement came over the PA.
I got through customs at about 12:20am, and headed out to the taxi stand. At this point you have to prepare for battle because the bargaining begins. Having done my research I knew the Taxi should not cost more then $15 to my hostel in Miraflores. Well, everybody was quoting $29 off of an official looking, laminated sheet of paper, so it took about 15 minutes of bargaining and walking away to get it down to $15. Then the taxi driver got lost for a while before finding the place.
After arriving at the Eurobackpackers Hostal the room looked good, but no A/C and shared bathrooms (as expected). With zero air circulation through this windows, and no fan, the no A/C was the toughest one. I may have gotten 2 or 3 hours of sleep. Hard to believe I've got below freezing temps coming in the next few days. I'm actually looking forward to it.
This morning I walked the kilometer to the oceanfront. I wanted to check out the beach, but really didn't feel up to climbing up and down he 500 feet from the cliff I was on. It looked nice anyway, and was much cooler there. :) This afternoon I'm going into downtown Lima to see the sights. Then at 5:45pm I take a bus to Tacna in the south of Peru, then on to Chile. 18 hours on a bus will certainly break a record for me. And First Class was not available! Oh well, saved a few bucks and they said it was still pretty nice.
I may check in tomorrow from Arica, Chile.
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