08 March 2006

Camana

We tried the beach but it was too cold. And there was a minor fiasco trying to get there.

We passed it, and made it almost all the way to Arequipa, but decided to try our luck with a random smaller bus going back the other direction. It didnt take long, and there was a very friendly english speaking guy at the restaurant where we were dropped off. Thank goodness we didnt get stranded there. It was a small place in the middle of nowhere. We had traversed probably one hundred kilometers of completey barren dunes between there and la Punta Camana. These were severly impressive, massive, mountainous wastes of sand. That it is habitable to humans defies my imagination. But we made it out of there.

It turns out that la Punta Camana, and Camana proper are two different places. It is noticable on a good map, but not in the Lonely Planet. La Punta was the beach. It was warm outside, but the water was cold. Too cold for C. So we went into the city proper and have been here for the last couple days. I like it a lot here.

The people are very very pleasant, and the town itself feels so much mellower than Lima, and unlike la Punta, it hasnt been destroyed by a tsunami, which is nice.

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