Yup the title is correct….we flew back on October 4, 2013 from Peru with temporary emergency passports to get us home. As required by Canadian customs we had to surrender these one page documents at the airport.
With my birth certificate stolen with my passport I had to get that replaced before applying for a passport, and after months of waiting, additional paperwork and a bunch of phone calls my Birth Certificate finally arrived.
The passport application and submission was the easy part….a huge snow storm guaranteed no line up and a big payment guaranteed a quick pick up….so today I got them…two new passports ready for vacation stamps!!
Our next Bike adventure starts this weekend – Baja Maxico
So now that we have our temporary passport, we know the Canadians will take us back….today we need to get an immigration card..that’s the card you get when you come in and surrender when you leave…we get them in Mexico all the time..but have never had one anywhere else.
Another early day to be one of the first in lines at the Peruvian Government offices…we had a great taxi driver and a piece of paper with the address, the floor and what we needed typed out in spanish…thanks Canadian Embassy for that!!!!! Again no problems…up to the second floor where an initially grumpy guy turned out to be quite efficient with the paperwork and funny…asking us where we were from and if we could give him a souvenir coin from Canada…
With all the tough stuff done we spent the day walking the parks of the meliflours area where our hotel was located. Loaded with lots and lots of college age kids, we had a coffee in starbucks where I managed to post about 6 days worth of pictures in an hour and have the best coffee of the trip!!
Lunch in the biggest McDonalds I have even seen in my life..and another dinned of bread, hummous, cheese and veggies….oh and our second night of older english movies with Spanish subtitles…. haha
Yikes…we got up really early to catch a plane to Lima…it is in Lime where we are to go to the Canadian Embassy to get replacement passports so we can go home in 2 days…
So I knew that we had to have a passport to get into a country…but needing one to leave is a bit weird..I guess it’s a bit different after 911…
The flight was great…up and down in no time, and a great way to see some of the country that we just rode through. We easily got through security with our paper copies and police report…thought you get a bit anxious telling the same story over and over, and seeing everyone else with passports. We arrived save and sound and flagged down an official taxi…we were warned not to get into just any taxi…and made our way across town to the Embassy…Oh and not just any embassy..the one with the big beautiful Canadian flag flying outside the new concrete building…the only modern building with green grass, flowers and shrubs around!!
So funny, I thought that once we got passed security where they strip you down of all bags, change, cameras and computers…like walking into a secure area at the airport..that we would walk into the embassy and see some guy named “Fred” sitting at a desk ready to help us…not so….everyone at the embassy was Peruvian…with English as a second language!
All went really well, we filled out passport applications as if we were applying for the first time, we submitted the paperwork and gat a call 4 hours later that we were approved and could come back to pick up our 3 day emergency one page passport. On to the hotel across the street and our 17th floor room overlooking the City. Dinner that night was bread, cheese and veggies from the local “Longo’s ” grocery store…just like home!
We rode of a great dirt road to see the condors rise out of the canyon on the thermals this morning and what a sight. 10foot wing span! Then we did a lot of back tracking today, back down the dirt road from the condors and back over the pass we rode yesterday…only today we stopped for a snowball fight!
We had a shorter day than usual today so we had time for mid-morning tea and a bit of a walk around town.
Tonight for our last time together, we had traditional Inca food served in clay pots…wonderful!
Today we rode through some very high desert….the temperature got down to 6 degrees. At speed that is cold! We did a bit of off road riding as the roads were either washed away in sections or never constructed….fun on these bikes!
We ended our day at a great hotel with a hot springs….a perfect finish to this great day!
Ok we have Emergency Replacement Passports….a one page document that we applied for at the Canadian Embassy….waited about 4 hours for and received with a smile! That was yesterday..
Today we went to the Peruvian Immigration Offices to get the entry card that you get when you enter the country…without that slip of paper there is no leaving….and without the Passport there is no entry card….
So what is adventure travel without an adventure! The best part is that Mike and I can’t speak a word of Spanish…yes even after all the travels we do to Mexico….so I’m going to put my head down when we get back and really start to learn this language!
I may not be able to post pictures for a while as the internet connections down here are really really bad…..but there coming!!
Wow are we awake today! After the full day at Machu Picchu Mike and I had a small pizza and a beer in the local square and headed back to the Hostel for a snooze before dinner with the gang…we didn’t make it for dinner but we made it for breakfast!! 12 hours of sleep!
We did a bit of shopping on the way to the train that will take us back to Town of Ollantaytambo..check out the shoes! The train ride back included food, flowers and a fashion show…now that’s a great way to keep the tourists happy!!
Pizza and beer in a small town not originally part of the tour (due to the change in schedule with the train strike)….and our third night in a Hostel.