For recreation, I was taken in a thermal bath; the water was very brown and did not smell very good, but was pleasantly warm. To put me out to dry on a cactus, was not a particularly good idea.
In Trujillo I was taken to the ruins of Chan Chan, which was over 1000 years ago a big city. On the walls many animals were depicted, but no rhinos.
I can remember many endless bus rides. We reached Arequipa, the largest city in the south of Peru. There is a nearly 6,000-meter-high volcano named Misti, which can erupt at any time - thank God he did not know when we were there.
From Arequipa we went - of course by bus - to Lake Titicaca, the largest lake in South America. It is 15 times as large as the Bodensee and lies at about 3800m. There we took the boat to various islands, some of which consisted of only one type of reed. There even lived people - who were very friendly, albeit dressed a little strange.
Next we came to Cusco, the ancient "navel of the world" of the Incas. Although the Spaniards have destroyed most of it, there are still many Inca ruins around. The Incas built great walls and worked the stones with great effort. In the middle of Cusco one can find a 12-angled stone.
A few hours from Cusco, the biggest attraction of Peru, the fabled Inca city of Machu Picchu lies. The ruins look not much different from Cusco, but the location between forested mountains is really stunning.
Towards the end of the journey we have spared us a bus ride of more than 20 hours and flew to Lima, which lasted about an hour. Lima is one of the largest cities in the world and has nearly 9 million inhabitants. The old town is quite nice, there are some nice places.
Overall, I liked it very well in Peru. People were mostly very friendly, cheerful and quite noisy, but they never paid much attention to me. I got along very well with the animals, although I knew none of them before. Very friendly were the guinea pigs, which are often held in the kitchens. They even invited me to eat the fresh grass with them which was delicious. Later I found out that people eat the guinea pig as a feast. So it was clear to me why they are kept in the kitchen. The Peruvians are very practical.
I came to an island in the sea, where many birds were breeding. Previously their poo was exported as Guano to Europe. A cormorant has confused my horn with the beak of his boys and tried to feed me with fish. Yuk!
In the rainforest near Cusco, a large beetle sat on my back and clung desperately. When I could finally throw him off, I recognized a certain similarity between him and me; he probably thought I was a relative. He had a horn on the nose too, it was a rhinoceros beetle.
The most beautiful encounter was with a condor. It is a large vulture with about 3 m wingspan, who invited me to a scenic flight. When I looked down into the deep canyon, I initially hesitated, but then I took the courage and I flew with him. What a great experience! This experience really can not be beaten, that's why I'm ending now.
Stompie and my new friends