Last night I went freecamping in Perú close to the coast on a hill where both a lighthouse and a Jesus statue were located. Boca del Rio (“river mouth”) is located closely to the city of Tacna, where I hitchhiked to in a single ride with a lovely old lady going to a big church here. I plan to stick around here for the next few days before crossing to Arica, Chile, a city that formerly belonged to Perú and where the Atacama desert begins – the driest place on earth except for Antarctica! I’m really diggin’ Perú as the people give zero fucks about where a hitchhiker goes camping. Besides the lighthouse and statue, there are also a few telephone towers here and in the early morning there were a few men climbing them up and working on them. They just dropped by to have a chat with me while I was smoking a cigarette next to my tent. Peruvians in general love having a little chat on the streets, beach or a terrace and most of them find it very courageous that I dare to travel by hitchhiking alone in their country. I’m really excited to explore Tacna, though I don’t have a sleeping place yet. I did look up where the bomberos (firemen) are stationed as a backup for couchsurfing. The city also houses a significant Pakistani population and is the only place in Perú with a mosque (Wikipedia knowledge!), so I hope to maybe try some Pakistani food next to the Peruvian dishes and its famous Pisco Sour. First order of business is a shower though, as the dust from freecamping on the beach doesn’t wash off by itself!