We just left the unbelievable Chavín ruins, dating back 3,000 years. If you missed that video, make sure you go back to learn some incredible history and see what’s underground this ancient complex. Now we’re heading back across the continental divide. We camp at our highest camp ever: 13,000 feet of elevation. Then it’s time to make our way down to the dusty coast of Peru, navigating the insane traffic of Lima.
The reason we need to get to Lima is we have a flight scheduled! The graveside memorial for Eric’s mom is at the beginning of October. Then we’ll do a big loop of the country, finishing with Christmas with family in the Los Angeles area.
We’ve been stuck with the Jeep at this dusty mechanic’s lot for nearly three weeks now. The good news: we love our Jeep home and have everything we need. The not-so-good news: we are stir-crazy and ready to get back on the road!
Our personal visa clock is running down. Every day we’re here is one less day we have to explore southern Peru. But we don’t have a choice. The government has done nothing with our official request to get our temporary import permit reinstated (this is basically the Jeep’s “visa”). The person with the power is more than 1,000 kilometers away.
However, we finally made some progress this past Friday. We connected with some real people, who now know how long we’ve been waiting and have said they’re going to do something about it. Who knows, maybe Monday or Tuesday we’ll get out of here?