Lee here. I'll journal the first part of the trip and Andrea will take over at the Amazon. The trip really started last January when I received a call on a weekday morning from my friend Andrea in Little Rock. Sitting in my office in Seattle, I held my breath, anticipating her news. The prior May, Andrea and I took an Adventure Life trip together to Peru, and we had recently submitted our journal to AL's annual travel journal contest. That trip to Peru had been magical, and the thought of returning so soon by winning a contest seemed too good to be true. But true it turned out to be, as Andrea shrieked WE WON!!!! loud enough for even my co-workers sitting nearby to hear. Peru, here we come again!
We arrive in Lima from Miami at approximately 9 p.m. Blessedly we sail through customs, our bags arrive on time and intact, and our hotel is directly across the street from the airport. We go to bed as soon as we check in, because a) we are beat; and b) we have to be back at the airport by 7:20 am for our flight to Arequipa!