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Huanuco

PERU | Monday, 13 July 2009 | Views [607]

healing for the spine

healing for the spine

Found a hotel (Fergo) just around the corner from where the bus came in. Got a nice room con bano and tv for 15 soles(double). Not sure that it´s a good idea to have a tv, time just disappears watching mindless programs and we tend to stay up really late and wake late. Every day there is something to do wherever we are, some place to visit or a bus trip to take. We are never lazy and hardly ever sleep in, life sometimes feels too busy but one month in each country is really quite a short time and we get to see so little really.

We ate well in Huanuco and in one restaurant we even got to meet the chef, his staff couldn´t understand our questions about the menu so he came out to help, white hat and all. We took a taxi (5s) out to visit the ruins of a temple of the people called Kotosh (entry 3s ea), they were contemporaries with the group at Chavin. We had a guide here called Antonio who was really great and learned all about the marriage ceremonies performed here, they practised animal sacrifice on the full moon but not human (whew, at last some sense...). Although Antonio had told us that he guided voluntarily at the end he told us we had to pay him. We have no problem with paying but wish people would be upfront at the start. Caught a mototaxi back to town (3s) and realised we could have caught one of those out there, they are much more fun to ride in than a car. The taxis are small cars like our old suzuki altos and they have lpg gas bottles in the back like we run our heaters on and they run their cars on them. Kent says its perfectly safe but Carol feels like she´s riding a bomb.

The market was right by our hotel and we got to wander all over and thru it. There are some seriously wierd smelling stuff for sale in the food department we can tell you.

It is much warmer in Huanuco than it has been until now, we are now back into our teeshirts and sandals and it´s a wonderful feeling. We are now trying to figure out what to do next, where to go etc. We are happy to be off the tourist trail and would like to be out in the backblocks for a while.

 

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