POINTLESS – Piura
BEST TRAVELLERS – Salkantay posse (Bacci, Kate, Flic and Mark)
WORST TRAVELLERS – Anon. North Londoners in Colca Canyon seemingly similar yet soooooo different
BEST ACCOMODATION and VIEW – Llanganuco Lodge, Yungay with views of Huascaran
INTERESTING WEATHER PHENOMENON – Circular rainbow caused by ice crystals in Huaraz (see Flickr)
WESTERN FOOD – Chilli heaven curry in Huaraz
PERUVIANish FOOD – Trio of meats in Zig Zag, Arequipa (complete with bibs and flags marking the cow, ostrich and alpaca...
INSPIRING MOMENT – views of Machu Picchu from Llactapacta
LEAST INSPIRING MOMENT – sharing Machu Picchu with the hoards
FINEST GUIDE – Pre-incan Antonio on Salkantay
PROBABLY BEST BEER – Cusquena Red
REASON FOR PROBABILITY – Mike discovers he shouldn´t eat gluten and hence can´t drink beer
BEST ICE CREAM – Dolcetta chocolate and not lacuma flavour
WORST BUS – combi from Huaraz to Caraz
BEST BUS – surreal desert Cruz del Sur from Trujillo to Lima
NO. OF BINGO PRIZES WON ON CRUZ DEL SUR – Two
NO. PRIZES CLAIMED – None because they´re always returns to where you came from. Doh.
DISSAPPOINTMENT – Caraz near the Cordillera mountains.
BEST HIKE – Salkantay to Machu Picchu
ANNOYING CULTURAL PECULIARITY – 1) no drinking or buying alcohol (no, no theme here) before elections for 4 days. 2) Never getting a drink first before ordering food in a restaurant
LOCAL CAR – VW Beetle
REGRET – not spending more time in Huaraz and around
MUSIC – 80´s British pop power ballads esp. Roxette
ODDEST MARKET PRODUCT – bread decorated with baby heads for the Day of the Dead... go figure
GRINGO SPOT MISSED – Whole Peruvian coastline...
NEAR DEATH EXPERIENCE – Err. Liman taxis