Getting scared by evil birds...

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peaceful
I sat my alarm clock, but I woke up earlier. I couldn't go back to sleep, instead of that I went to the balcony, sat down and started to take some pics and write before forgetting the details.

Finally, it was about 8:30am when we got ready and went to get breakfast. I was looking for fruit and Shawn for a cup of coffee. We saw a kiosk offering organic coffee the night before, but it was closed. While we were walking I saw another restaurant recommended on LP, we'd go there for lunch or dinner. Anyway, we went to another kiosk and asked for fruit salad and sandwiches for Shawn. While they were preparing our meal, we'd go to take a look for coffee in the nearby.

While we were looking for coffee, Shawn discovered a small place not on the main road, but on a side street, which advertised "desserts".
me and the sweet lady
I think that that was the keyword, hahaha. If they have desserts, they should have coffee too. The place was small and there were people having breakfast - a good sign - also the cakes looked so yummy :P

When we were entering, the old and sweet lady that ran the place, told us that we'd be the last customers. I thought we'd be the last customers for breakfast, but no: they were closing business. How sad! We asked for 2 cups of coffee, which was really good, she made it by herself, the whole process including toasting the grains, wow!

This cafe was her son's, but business didn't go as good as expected. So, they'd close. The son wasn't feeling that bad about it, but when he thought about the walls and all the messages on them written by all the people who visited this place, he got so sad.
ready for breakfast II!
.. Oh! I wish we'd have discovered this place earlier, but at leas we found it. It was written on the walls, that the coffee was really good and we totally agreed. It was also written that the desserts here were really delicious. We couldn't eat at that time, but decided to get some to take with, hehe. The lady gave us a special discount. It broke my heart seing the lady packing and the truck coming for the furniture :(

Time to leave, to the park? Not yet, first breakfast part II, hahaha. We went to the kiosk and our fruit salads were ready. The girl came with them and then brought 2 sandwiches. Mmm, I didn't order any, but Shawn did it, hahaha. The 2 were for him OMG! I should have asked the girl not to put watermelon on mine. I was about suggesting Shawn to exchange my watermelon for some of his pineapple or melon, but he doesn't like watermelon either, and asking him for his pineapple would have been a big mistake.
working at the kiosk
He loves pineapple and so do I, hahaha.

I broke the ice, when I asked the girls if I could get a picture of me inside the kiosk. They found it hilarious and even gave me tips to get a funnier picture, like holding the fruits. Actually Judith say: "take the guineo" Guineo? what's that? well, they call guineo to the bananas, hahaha. We don't use that word in Peruvian Spanish, hahaha. Well, it turned to be that the kiosk was also a tour operator - multitask! I told Judith that we'd go for a trekking to El Pital community but want to do some whale watching when we were back. She told me they have a tour in the afternoon and that we could join it, mmm. Good idea!

Well, it was time to go to El Pital now. It wouldn't be a long drive, but not knowing how to go it might make it last longer, hehehe.
Welcome to el Pital
Well, my driver wasn't the best and the GPS (me) wasn't the best either, hehehe. Anyway we'd find our way and always you can ask the locals. The answer was: "Largo, largo, largo" Which means: keep straight. Everything you asked the answer will be the same, hahaha. I realized that in other town, hahaha. Oh! this was another thing I learned with Shawn. He never got lost, everything was part of his plan to show me around the different areas, hahaha.

Finally we arrived to El Pital, saw a tourist cabin but nobody was there. The only person we saw was a woman at the comunal laundry, mmm. Would that stop us? No way! We decided to park next to the cabin and do the trekking by ourselves. How difficult could it be? There was a sign about the trekking "Golden Ball" or "Bola de Oro", following it you can admire the flora, fauna and see the community.
Mickey Mouse!
Snickers, checked! Cameras, checked! So, we were ready to go!

At the start of the trekking, we were able to see some houses and how people live there. The houses were small and they are in the middle of the forest, awesome! It was so peaceful there, we were able to listen to the silence, hahaha. It was easy to follow the path. I was just enjoying watching houses, but didn't see many people, just a few and a girl at a window. I waved to her and she did it too.

We kept on walking and the houses were disappearing while we were getting more into the forest. The first animals I saw were huge ants! Shawn was the leader now.  Has he been here before? No, not even 4 yeas ago, but I think I'd be safer if he went first, hehehe. Just in case ;)

We weren't sure how long we'd walk.
starting to get scared
We'd continue until we got tired. Suddenly the path started to become unclear. Which way to take now? Well, that issue wasn't that big. We kept on walking while we were chatting and I saw a vulture - or sort of it was a small one anyway. I was happy, since the only animals I have seen so far were insects.

But it didn't take long until this excitement turned into worry, hahaha. We kept on walking listening the birds. That bird wasn't alone, there were at least 6 of them! OMG! and they sounded and saw so evil!!! I was thinking those things could easily carry me, hahaha. I stopped and told Shawn, there was no way I'd keep on going. I just realized we were in the middle of nowhere with these evil birds above us and it was smelling like a dead animal. Help!!! hahaha.
the shy girl


Shawn agreed and we started our way back to the car. He was teasing me about the fact we should have kept on going a bit more, just to see what happens. What? no way! hahaha. In our way back I saw the little girl and she recognized me and waved first this time. Sweet!

We drove back to town and this time, it didn't take long. As a good guide Shawn showed me the surroundings before, lol. Our Whale Watching tour was scheduled for 2 pm and it was noon, so we had plenty of time. Better having lunch before the tour and just in case I'd buy a pill against motion sickness, hehehe.

We went to one of the restaurants in my list "Rey Hoja". It was on the Malecon. I ordered the specialty of the house: "Encocado de Camaron" shrimp with a coconut sauce and Shawn got the "Chicharron de camaron" Fried Shrimp.
Shawn was working soooo hard, hahaha
Do you notice we love shrimps? hahaha. The meal was delicious!!!! I'm writing a review of this place. And I also liked the atmosphere here. It was great eating outdoors, enjoying the sun and quiet town. I took my "Mareol" - against motion sickness.

Then we walked to the Handicraft market. I wanted to find a magnet, but no luck... Went to the hotel quickly and we had a minifridge, so I left the cakes we got earlier there. Ok, it was almost 2 o'clock, so go back to our multitask kiosk and decided to rest at the beach before starting the whale watching adventure, yay!!!!


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peaceful
peaceful
me and the sweet lady
me and the sweet lady
ready for breakfast II!
ready for breakfast II!
working at the kiosk
working at the kiosk
Welcome to el Pital
Welcome to el Pital
Mickey Mouse!
Mickey Mouse!
starting to get scared
starting to get scared
the shy girl
the shy girl
Shawn was working soooo hard, haha…
Shawn was working soooo hard, hah…
minigunther was ready to leave
minigunther was ready to leave
clothes were still wet...
clothes were still wet...
nice boats
nice boats
quiet road
quiet road
view from my balcony
view from my balcony
it was so quiet
it was so quiet
minigunther in Puerto Lopez
minigunther in Puerto Lopez
:)
:)
inside the cafe
inside the cafe
cake!
cake!
chocolate mousse
chocolate mousse
trying to decide for a cake... at …
trying to decide for a cake... at…
nice beach
nice beach
Shawn!
Shawn!
time to work :P
time to work :P
none of us likes watermelon :P
none of us likes watermelon :P
leaving the town
leaving the town
they gave us some directions :)
they gave us some directions :)
yes, getting closer
yes, getting closer
in our way to El Pital
in our way to El Pital
not much to see in the road
not much to see in the road
click!
click!
the communal laundry
the communal laundry
Golden Ball Path
"Golden Ball" Path
the map Golden Ball trekking
the map "Golden Ball" trekking
starting our way
starting our way
the community
the community
local houses
local houses
one of the neighbours
one of the neighbours
a little girl
a little girl
following him
following him
vegetation
vegetation
the path
the path
the ants are huge!
the ants are huge!
ant house!
ant house!
road was getting not so clear
road was getting not so clear
not much to see
not much to see
the first evil bird...
the first evil bird...
more evil birds
more evil birds
more vegetation
more vegetation
everything was green
everything was green
we are in the middle of nowhere!
we are in the middle of nowhere!
car was still there, hehehe
car was still there, hehehe
back to town, this is the main chu…
back to town, this is the main ch…
having lunch, yummy!
having lunch, yummy!
mareol!!! anti motion sickness , y…
mareol!!! anti motion sickness , …
nice beach
nice beach
so relaxing
so relaxing
perfect spot to wait
perfect spot to wait
this is my spot!
this is my spot!
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