I arrived in Lima on Sunday the 28th to be with Esther for the New Year’s holiday and to prepare the 4×4 for the trip next week with Ron. The 4×4 was in very good condition went I bought it two weeks ago, but there are always things that need attention. It got a full tune up including injector cleaning, a new timing belt, front brakes, and two new tires.
On Tuesday, we traveled 140 kilometers south of Lima to a small fishing village called Cerro Azul. We have been here before and a normally quiet village tranforms into a mini Woodstock on New Year’s
Eve. The beach fills with people camping and as midnight approaches the latin rock bads start playing. Party continues on into the weekend as more and more people arrive from Lima.
New Year’s Eve day we relaxed on the beach and walked to the village fish market as well as the new municilpal food market. The old market was damaged beyond repair in the earthquake two years ago so they built a new one. You can still see the effects of the earthquake and tidal wave that followed had on the village. Many of the homes and shops were heavily damaged and some remain unrepaired.
At midnight the party was rajing around us while an umbrella of fireworks exploded. The band up the beach was playing a type of rock with latin overtones. Our once quiet beach was a sea of people’s tents. While there were mostly young people, whole families with children, grandparents, and dogs were enjoying the weekend which is the traditional start of the Peruvian summer season. We went to bed around 2:30 and the band was still playing went we got up at 7:00 the next morning. Since Ron was flying on a buddy pass, I had to fly back to Houston that night to accompany him to Lima that night. On our way back to the city, we
stopped for a visit and lunch with Esther’s family,uncles, aunts, cousins, and friends, at their beach house. It was a perfect New Year’s.
Tonight, I fly to Houston on the red-eye which arrives at 6:00 AM. Ron and I will return on the 4:00 PM flight toLima. On Monday morning, we start driving to Pisco. Check back in a few days for more updates.