This brings me to the end of my Peruvian excursion.
We wound up going to Chi Cha the next day for lunch, and found it underwhelming and overpriced. I flew back home to Seattle out of Arequipa that evening, while Hewby stayed another couple of days to have some bike work (rather poorly) done before heading on to Bolivia.
The trip was a mixed bag for me. Amazing riding, some great food and some really friendly people, fascinating ruins and culture. On the flip side, dishonest hostel owners, exorbitant fees set up to fleece tourists, and the occasionally trying weather conditions on the Altiplano. Add more than a dash of frustration at my crappy Spanish, which allowed me neither the ability to praise what I enjoyed nor criticize what I disliked.
On balance, I'd definitely do it again. I think I just need to brush up on my Spanish, and next time come for longer
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