Ahora soy en la selva de Peru. Y tambien estoy practicando mi español!
On Thursday David and I boarded a bus for an 8 hour trip east to the high jungle of Peru. We were headed to La Merced (= God's mercy), which is a small village town where Jonty used to lived. It was an amazing bus ride through the mountains, with amazing panoramic views. My only concern was getting altitude sickness along the way, which is something I have encountered every other time I´ve been in the mountains. So before going I head some "colca tea" which is made from colca leaves (the same plant cocaine is made from). Now don't worry I'm not becoming a druggy, this tea is very common in Peru and very legal! I also took some other medicines and made it along the entire route without illness! Thank goodness the last part of the trip was made in the darkness so I couldnt see the huge drop offs on the winding road we were on.
It seems it festival time in La Merced because since Ive been here there has been a band playing literally the entire time. (Ive now been here a day and a half). The same people in the band playing the same song over and over and over! That has been the only downfall of this city. Besides that the scenery is gorgeous. We climbed to a high point to see the whole city which is situated along a stream in a valley surrounded by mountain peaks on every side. We also visited a botanical garden and tried cacao (which is what chocolate is made from) and I saw a tree where coffee beans grow!
Well, my time at the internet cafe is up! I will post more tomorrow with pictures!