Our family’s New Zealand adventure

After months in South America and taking buses, we were eager to finally take a plane. We were so excited for a change of scenery and discover a little part of New Zealand.

Our flight was at 23h55.

Prior to our departure, I read the information here and emailed info@mpi.govt.nz to be sure about the things we could take with us. I, then declared few things so as to avoid any issue in the custom,even the bamboo fan of Karen. 🙂

Auckland

Arriving at the hostel, we found out that Carlo made an error in our reservation dates. We missed one night. After admiring the grandeur of our first hostel in New Zealand, we went out and explore a bit our surrounding, searched for a grocery store and went back to the hostel.

While Carlo was napping, I took the girls to the zoo.

It was not only the girls who have enjoyed the zoo but me as well.

Juicy Snooze

There’s a well equipped kitchen in the hostel. The family room is actually immense and for the first time after two months, we have a lot of space.  We were hoping to stay for one more night but apparently all rooms were occupied. It was then that we decided to leave the following day for Tauranga.

During the late afternoon, we took a walk and ended up in a night market. There were stalls of Asian food which made us so giddy. We lined up for dimsum and siopao. Then, I let Carlo and the girls looked for a  table while I get some bbq and bubble tea. No, there was no beer for sale.

We stayed for a while and listened to the live music. Surrounded by my fellow Asians. It felt like home.

The following morning, while checking out, the staff advised us to first book our bus tickets instead of heading straight to the terminal without reservation. He then called the ticket office, reserved our seats and afterwards, we walked to the terminal.

We stopped from time to time. Checking some shops and going ga-ga over sushi display. Erin and I went to buy some sushi, while Carlo and Karen went to a dollar store. Erin joined them while I waited outside.

Along the way, we found a bookshop called Jason Bookshop. The girls found one book each and we continued on our way to the terminal. Stopping once for some smoothies and reminiscing the abundance of fruit juice stalls in South America.

Our bus  for Tauranga was at 12h25. Our driver, Nigel is a funny fellow and his announcement during our trip would elicit some laughter from the passengers.

After almost 4 hours, we finally arrived and being Saturday, almost everything was closed by 15h. We took a taxi, after passing by an Asian shop, to our accommodation.

I have booked our accommodation thru Airbnb. At first, we thought that we could do everything easily by foot or public transport. Then after grocery shopping and walking to and fro New World, with two bags (one for each adult) and two small ones for the girls we both agreed that renting a car was not a bad idea.

We spent one afternoon, walking in the Moturiki Recreation Reserve.

We also drove to Rotorua and along the way stopped at Kuirau Park. We tried the thermal foot bath in the park then the girls played for a while.

At Rotorua’s visitor centre, we asked info about the Kerosene creek and bought some cute post cards.

It was raining cats and dogs as my husband drove away from the center while I held the map and guided him, positive that this time my map expertise would not fail us.

After having our lunch here, we continued on our way. And it was a loong one. As luck would have it, I missed the sign for the creek.

Desperate for that warm water of the creek, we followed a sign of a  mud pool ,thinking it was like a thermal bath, so we went, ready to take a dip. And we learned that it was not.  Then we drove on. After driving for almost an eternity, we turned back and finally found it. There were some cars parked near the creek. The latter was not that crowded but I thought that rain would not hinder some people to visit the river.

 

While the three were already enjoying the warm water and I was changing into my swimsuit, it rained again. I put everything in my  backpack and covered it with my umbrella. Didn’t even  bother changing into my swimsuit top, I joined the rest of the tribe in my bra. We had a lovely time, laughing as we bathed in the warm water of the Kerosene creek  and all the while letting the pouring rain add its magic around us .

Erin and I slipped as we changed. We laughed it off and wet back to the car with our muddy clothes.

Then as we were heading back to the house, a twin rainbow appeared. What an spectacle to end our day of adventure.

31.10.2018 Tauranga. It’s our last day here and the sunniest morning of all 4 days of our stay. We would have liked to have a weather like this one during our excursions. Anyway, the chickens are having a blast. Check out time is 10h as usual. The plan is for Carlo to drop us near the bus stop and he’d return the car in the garage.

sWe went to the library of Tauranga while waiting for Carlo. It is next to the tourist office. We were so excited for different reasons. The girls for the free wifi connection and myself being surrounded with books and magazines. The two shortly read their books and afterwards Erin being the smartpants hid the Ipad with a magazine while her Ate continued with her book.

When husband arrived, we headed to the seaside and had some drinks and nacho in La Mexica.

Our bus to Auckland was at 12h40. It arrived in Manukau City around 15h49. From there, we took another bus, direction airport. We have booked a hotel near the airport for our last night in Auckland.

We waited at gate 11 , where the shuttle service of our hotel picked us up.

During our 10 min stop in Thames, Erin went down with Carlo and it was then that the accident occurred. She later told me that she was holding it until she gets to the toilet. I saw her vomiting and thought of getting down while Karen napped but decided against it. I told myself that Carlo could handle everything. 

01.11.2018 5h27 Hotel. Our plane for Tokyo is at 9h50 today. I reached out to my Facebook group for Japan tips and realized that I should have plan better. Anyway, let’s hope for a fun Japan sojourn.


Mauruuru koe ki Aotearoa!


Travelling to Uruguay and Buenos Aires

Concordia-Gualeguaychu-Fray Bentos-Colonia del Sacramento-Buenos Aires

It was sunny when we left Puerto Iguazú. We had hoped for the same weather during ourtrip to the Iguazú Falls the day before.

From P. Iguazú we took an overnight bus for Concordia and fortunately, I had taken our blankets out from our luggage because it was freezing at night. I have asked the staff if he could change the temperature but maybe he had forgotten my request.

Arriving early morning, I could not recall where our tickets were. The stickers for our luggage were attached to them. It took me ages to find them (side pocket of my backpack) and of course, caused delay which was not appreciated by the driver.

Once in Concordia, we took a bus for Gualeguaychu.

Our trip was only 4 hours, yet we were served coffee twice.

We thought of staying there for the night but changed our plan and instead decided to go to Uruguay the same day. Our destination: Fray Bentos.

We have passed the border without any fuss andt while the staff was putting a stamp on our passport,  I was so excited having crossed another country mainly by bus.

The travel time to Fray Bentos from Gualeguaychu was 1h15mins according to our tickets. And yes we arrived on time.  Inside the bus terminal of Fray Bentos, Uruguay, there’s a tourist  office. After getting some information, we decided to stay for the night.



We stayed in Hotel Colonial. My husband likes this kind of hotel with high ceiling, wide windows and spacious courtyard. This remind us of the one in Arequipa and in Vigan.

Before searching for a resto, we walked in the plaza as the sun went down. The girls excitedly running everywhere. I guessed they were so glad to finally being off the bus, the parents as well.

In the morning, Carlo bought some bread and pastries from a bakery nearby. The girls had their breakfast by the balcony while we drank our instant coffee by the door. Then, it was time to check out and to discover another place.

We took a bus for Colonia del Sacramento. We stayed for 2 nights in a hostel called Hostal de los Poetas. This is run by Ariel and his wife,Carla. Only 3 months in operation when we arrived. Breakfast is included and there’s a kitchen as well which we appreciate.

The girls were lent some coloring books and pencils. I, on the other hand,was able to exchange one book.


We also visited the Barrio Histórico.

After two nights, we left Uruguay and took a ferry for Buenos Aires.

Buenos Aires

Off shore, I was somewhat disoriented. Was it the heat, the traffic or the vastness which lay in front of us? Thinking that taking a taxi instead of a bus would be better, we waited for  one to stop in front of us. Then, when nothing was happening we crossed the street where a couple of them were taking passengers. We waited for another taxi to come which could accommodate us and our 4 luggage. 

Our hotel is right in the middle of the city. The staff were nice, but we were glad it was only for one night.

Second day in Buenos Aires

On the second day and the day of our departure, we were to meet Celine and her family. We decided to walk going to the resto, but we missed a turn and felt like we were moving far from the street where we should be taking, when we decided to take a taxi. We were getting late for our appointment.

That day, the street was full of life, people and ….traffic. There was a street demonstration going on. So we get off the taxi and walked again, until we reached our restaurant. Fortunately, we were not the only one who were late.

And as we walked around the city, the hotel staff let us leave our luggage till it was time for us to go to the airport.

As we cruised along the busy street of Buenos Aires, our taxi driver and Carlo chatted away. Football, politics and a bit of family. The girls were starting to dozed off. I was half listening to the men in front of me,  concentrating my gaze outside, as it changed from busy street to a long line of greens and trees.  We were almost at the airport.

In the land of parilla and chimichurri

Jujuy to Salta

Everyone was getting off the bus, while someone was shouting Jujuy! So, we went down as well. The drivers knew we were going to Salta but did not take us to the new bus terminal.  I asked a man for direction but he said that the terminal was 1 km  and he indicated a bus which would take us to the Nuevo terminal. And yes, we were glad to take the bus.

We took the Salta bound bus at 15h30 and arrived after 2.5 hours. We had sandwiches while we waited for the departure.

I was amazed by the Nuevo terminal and its buses. A far cry from the buses, we used to take when I was a small girl.

13.10.2018 We have booked two nights in a hostel called Gaucho Backpacker Inn. There’s a kitchen and shared CR and bathrooms.

It was a bit difficult find a money exchange being Saturday. Most ATMs charge fee which would make one cringe in disbelief. We also forget that from 12h30 up to 16h or even 17h the shops are closed.

We found a restaurant called La Fogata. We were famished and so ate almost all the bread served to us before the main course. This was a big mistake. 😉 given the  hefty portion of the parillada for 2 that we shared. Good service, by the way. The lady even served a small portion of fries for the girls.

14.10.2018  7 am We had a long night. Our neighbor partied from 23h last night and the music is still on. It felt like I partied the night away minus the apéro.

Before midday, we returned to the center and  visited the museum near the plaza 9 de Julio. We were not able to visit the one in Arequipa so this time I have insisted on going.  It was an interesting one but left me feeling uneasy and disturbed.

Our bus for Corrientes was at 17h. During one of the check points around 22h, IDs were checked and some passengers were asked to open their suitcases.Ours being one of them. Unfortunately, two passengers were carrying an important amount of money and interrogation process lasted  until half past midnight.

15-16. 10.2018  Corrientes  We booked in a hostel for one night and  arrived at around 10h in the morning, the day where there was a féria and almost everything was closed. Still craving  for some parillada, we found a resto which serves a buffet lunch but not as good as the one we had in Salta.

In the evening, we joined the rest of the residents in the Camba Cuá park for the féria.

In the morning of our departure, we walked along Parana River in Punta San Sebastián. We ended up in a small restaurant where we waited almost an hour to be served. Why we stayed? One has to pay the order first. So along with 6 or so people ahead of us, we waited for ages and could not do anything other than wait.Verdict? Not worth the wait.

Our bus for Iguazu was scheduled at 21h30. Anna Lia, the staff of the hostel let us stayed in the girls’ room until 16h as we vacated our own room at around 10h. Having known that we’re leaving late, she agreed that we leave our bags till 20h30.So with a few hours to spare before our night bus, the fambam went malling.

For someone who doesn’t like the AC, remember to bring a sweater 😉 It could get too chilly inside the mall. And bring a book or something to read while the others dance battle.

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Corrientes to Puerto Iguazu

  • Bus company : Rio Uruguay
  • ticket price : 1055.-/ per person (no discount for the girls)

17-19.2018 We arrived in Iguazu at 6h40  and headed to a bakery shop near the terminal. We planned to stay for 3 days then head to Uruguay. Afterwards,  back to Buenos Aires where we would take the plane for New Zealand.

We planned  to see the falls on the 2nd day of our stay here. Unfortunately, it was raining but we went ahead anyway.

The next day was sunny and was a good day to return to finish the tour in Iguazú falls but our shoes were all wet. And no one has the strength to go back after our rainy trip.

My quest for chimichurri

What I found was not the chimichurri I’ve hope for, a bit disappointed so will just stick to my version.

Next is our trip to Uruguay…

In the land of parilla and chimichuri

11.10.2018 From Tupiza bus terminal, we took a Villazon bound bus at 9h30 and by 11h15 we arrived in our destination. We exited the terminal and took a taxi to go to “frontera”. Before passing the border, we changed the rest of Bolivianos and some Argentinian pesos.

We lined up and showed our passport with the rest of our form filled the first time we arrived in Bolivia. Baggage were scanned and then we were in Argentinian soil. It felt unreal that we finally arrived. With only some difficulty in understanding the way some Argentinian talk, it felt we were still in Bolivia.

Few meters away, we took a taxi which would take us to the Terminal de Ómnibus de La Quiaca. Our destination: HUMAHUACA

Humahuaca, Argentina

I thought we’d easily find a supermercardo  in Villazon border or the terminal in La Quiaca, unfortunately, we didn’t and the bus for Humahuaca in La Quiaca (12h30)was about to leave in 10 minutes when our taxi reached the terminal. We had 2 checkpoints in a span of 45 minutes.

We were famished when we arrived in Humahuaca at 16h.  And despite the sandwich milanese & hamburgersa in the terminal,  we longed for a better dish. Nanay’s lesson: dried fruit/fruit bar in the backpack–all the time!!

As we got off the bus, a man asked for our luggage sticker and then handed our bags. I didn’t understand,at first, that we need to hand him some money for the effort.

Our cabana is not in the center. It’s a room with one double bed and a bunkbed, an area to make some coffee and bathroom. There are still some construction going on but despite that, the sunset and the horses complete the beautiful paysage.

Our neighbor was a kind Argentinian couple in their 60s traveling to the south. In the evening as were  leaving to have dinner, they were preparing their parilla. We hoped to find some but ended up having some llama for entrée. 😦 It was good, actually but our  girls were not happy and Erin was so devastated having tasted what she called her 2nd favorite animal.

12.10.2018 Carlo and I woke up early. The sun was slowly coming up and we let the girls sleep longer. We chatted while having some coffee, mountain and horses in front of us. It made me so happy to have moments like this with him where I could cry with gratefulness in my heart. ❤

Anyway, I cut my drama short and started to pack. Our host was a nice fellow and though crisis has recently affected their country, he said, tourists, especially french ones are coming steadily in Humahuaca.

We checked out and went to the terminal. Taking advantage of some time left, we walked around the center and looked for a café.


Heading to the terminal we found out that the bus bound for Salta was full, so we decided to take the one going to Jujuy around midday. Cutting our trip in two.

missed our  ride..  😦

Next is our stay in Salta.

Bolivia with kids: Three day Uyuni tour

Potosi to Uyuni

06.10.2018 The girls seemed oblivious of the paysage. I could not blame them. Mountains and valleys do not affect them that much. Though the presence of llamas does. There were ooohs!! and ahhs! everytime both of them see the llamas grazing. This  ride was short compared to the previous ones yet displays the vastness and beauty of Bolivian nature.

We took a taxi from our hotel to the Potosi Ex Terminal  for an  Uyuni bound bus. As usual, we did not reserve our tickets. The girls paid full and there’s also a terminal fee collected by a woman who stood infront of the bus scheduled to leave. With some fruits, chifles and sodas, we were ready to go.

  • bus : Turismo 11 de Julio
  • uso de terminal : Bs. 1.- (the girls did not pay)
  • ticket to Uyuni : Bs. 25.-/person (no reduction for the girls)


Some might find this less important yet when you’re tired, all you wanted to do is find your seat number (unless the driver said that it’s asiento libres) These numbers could sometimes be found where the lights and a.c. are.

We reserved a room in Uyuni for one night. Our accommodation, kidded Carlo, is  a preparation for Japan’s capsule room. The girls were in one room with a bunk bed and ours is just 5 steps away. We are for windows and well-lit rooms but in case it’s the opposite, I’m still grateful that we have a room for the night.

Erin’s 9th birthday celebration

We celebrated our youngest birthday in Uyuni and went to a resto called Cactus,where we had a free cocktail c/o a flyer found in an agency.

There was no cake or brownies available in the mercado so she chose banana with chocolate as postre. And with some candles and sprinkles bought earlier  her “cake” was then complete. It’s true, happiness can be found in pink and blue cake sprinkles just look at her face. 😉

For our excursion, we went to an agency not far for from our hostel.  We have chosen the 3-day excursion and was able to have a bit of discount.

ready to go

Cost of the 3 day tour for a family of 4: Bs. 3000.-

Tour includes: transport,food and accommodation

Not included: Isla entrance fee(30.-) Nat’l park entrance fee (150) Aguas termales (6), shower/C.R. en route

First day

The departure was at 10h30. We replenished our “snack bag” after depositing our baggage we’d leave behind during our 3 day tour. The german couple who would be in our group turned out to be a french couple in their early 20’s.

We spent the night in Los Lipez. One has to pay Bs 10.- for the shower which is usually locked. Someone would hand the key and would say “10 minutos”! Hmm, was hoping to stand in the shower for a day…Zut, alors!

Second day

We left the hostal before 8h and headed to another attraction. Our stops varied from 5-30 minutes and the drive were quite long.

“Imagine how many slimes we can make w/ those borax. ” Ate said,seeing the borax on the lake.

a group of vicuña

At night,we stayed in another hostal, which was more basic compared to the the one in Los Lipez. It was so cold that 3 blankets were not enough. Though we had an option to  rent a sleeping bag, we skipped it thinking that with our alpaca socks, bonnet and sweater it would be okay. And we were wrong!

Third day

We were to wake up at 4h in the morning and should leave between 4h30-4h40. We decided not to wake the girls up at 4am and instead let them sleep until it was time to go.

I woke up early, too early in fact! 🙂 It turned out that I still have the local time in PERU in my cellphone. Imagine Carlo’s face when he found out. So my 4am was actually 3am and Peruvian time. I was ready to go, our bags as well. 🙂 Anyway, Carlo and I went back to sleep. Telling myself that at least I do not need to hurry changing coz I already did,  but we woke up 15 past 4h. We quickly grabbed some coffee, munched a pancake and managed to leave 10 before 5h. As we headed to out, the other groups were also starting to leave for the day’s excursion.

Carlo and his llamas in images

By 9h on the third day, we were on the border of Chile and  left Tim and Laura to board their vehicle which will take them to Atacama. We stopped for lunch and then to the Valle de las Rocas. Before 16h30 we arrived in Uyui.

Reflection

We were given list of our 3 day tour and snack was not included. I was worried that there won’t be any tienda along the way. Yet, in some stops, there were possibilities to buy and get bottles of water or other snack.

our group with Bryan, our guide/driver

We have been really lucky having french couples in our group. First in Cuyabeno, then in Salar tour. The latter didn’t return to Uyuni after our tour but continue to Chile.

The tour has showcased Bolivia’s amazing landscape and we were in awe of it all.  Gracias, Bolivia!

Bolivia with kids: Sucre to Villazón by bus

While finishing  the first part of our Bolivian trip, the rest of the family were out for a walk. Giving me some quiet moment. 🙂 The staff of our hostel was kind enough to let us stay until 19h30 and Carlo gave her Bs 50. We were told that it would be okay to leave at that time. But alas! the traffic was terrible. We were barely moving and the terminal was only 15 mins. away. Night at the terminal of Cochabamba was really animated and full to the brim. We deposited our bag then  went to eat before leaving. There was half an hour before departure.

We didn’t see our bus right away. Not realizing that there was another  Bolivar bus leaving at the same time. Ours was right behind the first one. It was a frantic moment combined with all the commotion and busyness around us.

and our baggage?

Cochabamba bus terminal

  • Bus- Bolivar
  • Seat type- semi Cama
  • terminal fee-Bs2.50

Nevertheless, we made it . And our baggage that we didn’t see being stowed was secured underneath our bus.

02.10.2018   Today is our 2nd month anniversary away from home and our first day here in Sucre. We arrived at 4h15,an hour before our scheduled time, in the morning. The lights in and outside the bus woked me up. I told Carlo that I would go down and find the baño. While I looked at my watch, he said that we have arrived. This early? So we woke the girls up and headed down the bus to get our  baggage.

We waited in the terminal until 6h30, napping every now and then. Half listening to the children crying and playing, trying to politely refuse vendors with their wares displayed all over them. Watching people enter and exit the terminal with their baggage on their back. I am amaze how they carry everything,wrapped in this colorful cloth.

This reminded me of our village where I grew up, where once upon a time, we carried almost everything on our head, sometimes using woven tray.  Ahh, those days!!

Anyway, at 6h30, we were all so glad to exit the terminal and  head to our guesthouse.  We were not able to take our usual monthly photo today. Maybe tomorrow while in the plaza, when out tiredness won’t show and the whole family all scrubbed and cleaned up.

02-05. 10.2018 The girls got sick after a day in Sucre. While I stayed with both of them, the Papa went out and took our laundry for washing. Then walked in the plaza with J.C., a french who is travelling for a month.

inside the Museo del Tesoro

The girls did get better after a day and we explored the center. We visited the Museo del Tesoro   which is infront of the plaza. We  also went to the library of  Alliance Française where the girls stayed for a while to read.

Sucre in images

My youngest, as a part of her birthday gift, received her own luggage while in Sucre. This somehow resolved the constant bickering of who would take care of the mini valise where we put some school supplies and their knick-knacks.

After 3 nights, we checked out and instead of taking a bus, we decided to take a taxi to Potosi. A time-out for bus ride and a good excuse for acquiring a fourth  luggage.

05-06.10.2018  Potosi  We arrived at 15h. We chose our hotel in prep for our 3 day desert tour. It was grand compared to the other accommodation we had so we were so excited. Erin who loves bathtub take advantage of it, unfortunately the plug was missing.  Shower cap to the rescue!

We welcomed the warmth of our room with gratitude,  nevertheless it was too much for us. So we turned our heater off yet the room was still so warm therefore we slept with open windows. In the morning, sound from a school nearby greeted us just as the sun was coming thru our window.

breakfast buffet

The noise didn’t wake my youngest who that morning turned 9 here in Potosi and we would be celebrating in Uyuni. After our breakfast, we took a taxi to the EX terminal, our  bus to Uyuni was at 11h30.

  • Uso terminal/adult – Bs. 1.-
  • Bus fare/person – Bs. 25.-
the usual…

06-09.10.2019  Our Uyuni tour will  soon  be posted here.

10-12.10.2018 We left Uyuni yesterday at 17h and opted to take a taxi ( $100) instead of waiting till the evening for a bus. We wanted to leave early. The owner of the agency who handled our tour suggested that we go Tupiza instead of Villazón and sure glad we did.

The road  leading to Tupiza was a good one. The landscape breathtaking. How can Bolivia be this stunning? Anyway, after an hour,we arrived in Atocha and here the road changed, we followed an unpaved road which lasted for about 15 mins. Then paved , winding and close to the ravine- road again for another 1.5 hours or so. The rest of it till before Tupiza was still in construction. I was gripping the car tightly as the driver made his way to the narrow and dusty road. It was so dark and the black sky was gloriously enhanced  by stars. It would be sunny tomorrow, I thought. Trying to be calm as I look at the ravine and at the trucks coming in our direction. The girls were sleeping and Carlo was looking ahead.

We made it safe to Tupiza ;). After circling several blocks, the driver finally found the hotel. We stayed two nights. Taking advantage of the space to catch up on the girls’ lesson. To just chill by the pool, read books or merely relax and enjoy the warm weather.

12.10.2018 It was a sunny day when we checked out from our hotel. Outside,the street was already busy. While waiting for a taxi to pass by, a woman who got out of her pick up truck  asked us if we were checking out. After learning that we were, she said that her driver could take us to the terminal. The kind woman is the owner of the Hotel Mitru , I later found out from our driver. The latter didn’t accept anything from Carlo. Now you know where to stay when in Tupiza. 😉

At the bus terminal, Carlo and Karen walked around to check for our tickets. He was told to talked to a man who was discharging some boxes and luggage from the bus in front of us. Si, the bus is going to Villazón and would leave in 10 mins.

We left at 9h30 and by 11h15 we were at Villazón . We exited the terminal and took a taxi for the “frontera”.  As suggested in our guidebook, we changed money before crossing the border. I emptied my wallet for any Bolivianos not wanting to leave any coins like what happened  after our stay in Peru.

The street near the border is lined up with shops but the café is some blocks away from it as told by the policeman. We were so tired and have no more strength to walk farther, so we ended up buying some orange juice instead.

In front, the blue and white flag seemed to wave at us. Welcoming our tired and hungry tribe with the warmth of the sun. And a promise of some carne à la parilla and chimichurri .

Argentina, here we come!

 

Le Machu Picchu

par Erin


Maman, moi et ma sœur sommes allées au Machu Picchu !
Nous avons pris le taxi à 3h du matin pour aller à Ollantaytambo.


Après nous avons pris le train pour aller à Aguas Calientes.
Quand nous sommes arrivées,  nous sommes allées vers une dame qui nous attendait. Elle nous a dit de venir au centre de la  Plaza de Machu Picchu Pueblo  à 8h 30 et on est parti prendre le bus à 10h 30.


Après nous avons fait la queue pour prendre le bus c’était très, très long 😡.   
Ça a pris environ 30 minutes, en fait le Machu Picchu c’est des ruines incas.


 Quand nous sommes arrivé à peu près en haut du Machu Picchu, nous avons attendu à l’entrée environ 30 minutes. Après nous avons cherché notre groupe.  Ca a pris environ 30 minutes 😕


 Après on est monté, nous avons vu des lamas c’est trop cool!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Comme c’était très long on a loupé une partie du truc.

Hasta la vista,Pérou pt. 2

Notre voyage au Pérou en trois semaines

dans le bus

Quand nous sommes arrivés à Lima,  la capitale du Pérou (il paraît qu’il pleut jamais à Lima) il n’était que 7h00 du matin. Il y a plus d’habitants à Lima qu’en Suisse. Nos parents sont allés prendre des tickets de bus pour le lendemain matin.

Nous sommes restés à l’hôtel España. Mon père a déjà dormi là-bas à la belle étoile vu qu’il n’y avait pas de toit et qu’il ne pleut jamais à Lima. C’était un peu énervant de porter la valise en haut car  il n’y avait pas d’ascenseur 😭.


Il y avait beaucoup de peintures imprimées. Notre chambre avait quand même un toit. A midi, nous sommes allés nous promener, nous avons fait du lèche-vitrines et nous avons mangé au KFC, 5mn après, plein d’élèves sont venus en vitesse dans le fast-food. On était impressionné: Plein d’élèves comme ça 😕😬.

Nous étions en train de rentrer quand … nous avons vu un choco muséum, nous sommes rentrés dedans et nous avons commandé du chocolat chaud tout de suite. Nous avons acheté du chocolat 😋. Le soir nous sommes allés à un restaurant coréen. Quand nous étions en train de marcher nous avons vu les signes chinois. Je suis du signe du cochon et Erin est taureau. Quand nous sommes rentrés il n’était que 20h00, le soleil s’est couché et nous aussi.

Le lendemain matin nous sommes allés à la station de Oltursa et nous sommes partis en direction Arequipa. Nous sommes restés au Flying Dog. Vu que c’était dimanche, on voyait pas grand chose où aller, Nous sommes allés à un restaurant colombien. J’avait pas très faim et j’avais un peu mal au ventre donc j’ai pris un coca et j’ai très peu mangé. Nous sommes rentrés et j’ai un peu dormi 😅. Papa et Erin sont allés faire des courses, après nous avons fait une partie de billard et c’était déjà l’heure de manger. Nous avons mangé peu et on s’est endormi.

C’était que 8h du matin et on m’a réveillé😡. Le petit déjeuner était bon 👍🏻. Après nous sommes parti pour Cusco avec Cruz Del Sur. C’est le voyage que j’ai moins aimé car la dame devant moi a complétement baissé son siège à 150 degrés. Donc j’ai très mal dormi 😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡
Nous étions arrivés à la station j’ai pris un chocolat chaud et un empanada.
Nous sommes allés à l’hôtel Sami House.  On a réservé une chambre pour cinq vu qu’on savait que la chambre pour quatre allait être petite.  On a pas eu la chambre pour cinq car il y avait déjà des gens. Alors on a pris celle à quatre 😢.

Nous avons un peu visité la ville et nous avons mangé à Todos Chicken (on mange du alpaca). Après nous avons mangé une glace. On est rentré, nous nous sommes reposés et nous sommes allés à un marché où nous avons acheté des aliments et des habits chaud pour les autres endroits ou il allait faire froid. Nous sommes rentrés et on a fait à mangé de la purée de patate et des boulettes de viande (j’ai galeré pour faire ces boulettes), c’était  très bon 😋. Nous sommes allés nous coucher. Mes parents ont réservé un autre hôtel. Le Bright hôtel,

Après nous sommes allées au Machu Picchu (Erin a écrit dessus). Quand nous sommes rentrés du Machu Picchu c’était 3h00 du matin. Ce matin là nous nous sommes réveillés à 13h00 environ. Après le soir,  nous avons rencontré une autre famille (la famille 10 pieds:  http://10piedsautourdumonde.com ) qui faisait le tour du monde 🤗 . Nous avons pris un apéro et nous sommes allés manger de la pizza 😆😆. Nous sommes rentrés et nous nous sommes couchés.

Le lendemain matin nous sommes partis pour Puno. Jai remarqué qu’il y avait beaucoup de dentistes (c’est parce que ces personnes mangent que des cochonneries). Nous avons mangé à Chifa Yunod et nous nous sommes couchés. Le petit déjeuner était trop bon. Il y avait des céréales, des fruits, des boissons chaudes et froides.

Après nous avons visité le lac Titicaca et les îles flottantes. Nous avons rencontré la présidente de l’île qui s’appelle Marta, nous avons aussi visité leur maison et nous avons fait un tour avec leur bateau.

On pouvait faire des tampons sur les passports. On a pas pu manger à midi parce qu’on avait pas de temps, moi je suis allé sur le toit du bateau on avait une plus belle vue que de en bas. Quand nous sommes rentré on devait vite se dépêcher car notre bus partait à 14h. Nous sommes arrivé à temps le bus est parti  à 14h pile 😱. Nous avons aussi rencontré une autre famille qui faisait aussi le tour du monde😄. Maintenant nous sommes en Bolivie à Copacabbana nous sommes à l’hôtel MIRADOR. J’aime pas trop le petit déjeuner ici pas varié.                                 

Karen💖