Andrew Evans gives us a glimpse from the bus as it drives through Peru’s Sechura Desert.
Of all the borders I’ve crossed on this trip, the most drastic change I’ve felt so far was crossing from Ecuador to Peru. After days of lush green banana plantations and tropical lowland jungle, I entered the Sechura Desert–one of the driest places on earth. The vegetation disappeared completely and what started as a bare sandy horizon soon transformed into a flowing wall of dramatic sand dunes on either side. I felt like I’d been dropped into the world’s biggest sand box and as I watched out the window, the wind blew the sand into new drifts and patterns. This desert lasted through nearly 20 hours of bus time–all the way to Lima in fact. Everyone on board was busy watching a silly Japanese movie and so I retreated to the bathroom to try and film some of what we were passing through.
Andrew is back on the bus and traveling through Argentina. Follow his Twitter feed @Bus2Antarctica, and the map of his journey here. Bookmark all of his blog posts here, see videos here, and get the full story on the project here. Video by Andrew Evans.