Last night at nine we caught an overnight bus to Chachapoyas. There was a stewardess welcoming us onto the bus. After we left she served tea and box dinners of chicken and rice. Our seats were on the top level. The bus was full but the seats reclined to 140 degrees so they were pretty comfortable. I slept, listened to music on my phone, read, and woke up periodically to look out the window. There were a lot of trucks on the windy road. This morning we woke up in the mountains.
Chachapoyas is at 7600 ft and we started at sea level so we were going up all night. We arrived at Chachapoyasat about 7:30 got our bags and walked to our hotel. The roads were muddy so we might have been wiser to get a cab even though it was only about eight blocks.
The Hotel let us have a room immediately and after settling in we went out to find coffee. While we were sitting on a bench in the park a nice looking young man sat on the branch across from us. You could tell he wanted to practice his English. He was sixteen. He said he wants to visit the United States and he loves English. He was in Chachapoyas to take a math exam. If he did well he will be able to go to Lima for school next year.
We made plans for tomorrow. We went to the collectivo (van) station to figure our how we could get to the ruins at Kuélap tomorrow. It sounds like we can get a van at 2 in the afternoon. We will spend the night in a guest house near the ruins. I’m guessing we won’t have Internet.
We also explored Chachapoyas. We bought some bread. The vegetables in the market were beautiful and I found a great yarn store.
Our hotel is beautiful and our room is impeccably clean but it is cold. The weather is overcast and rainy. When we are walking around it is warm enough but our room is like a cave and it is cold! We napped and read all afternoon snuggled together to stay warm.
We had dinner at a great restaurant Duke found on Trip Advisor. We talked to a lady from Switzerland who is on an extended trip through Peru exploring on her own. In the picture below you can see Duke’s beef hanging from a little clothesline. We had great soup and as an appetizer a plantain cooked with peanuts and cheese. They also gave us complementary test tube drinks. While we ate we watched a kitten dart from place to place as she surveyed her territory.