Last day in Peru

Trip Start Aug 01, 2008
Trip End Aug 16, 2008

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Saturday, August 16, 2008

Hi Everyone,

     This is my last day here in Peru !!!  On my agenda today is to visit the famous Museo Rafael Larco Herrera. This museum, according to the Lonely Planet, has a very good collection of potteries from every known early civilizations in Peru, but do you think that is the reason I came all the way here, NOT.  I am here to see the Erotic ceramics, which were a special interest to Rafael Larco during his study of the Pre-Columbian sexual practice.  Here is definitely a GOOD collection here, every tourists were snapping photos and giggling the whole way. According to the local traditions, sex is a very important part of daily lives, not just for propagation of the human species but for enjoyment as well.  The Pre-Columbian cultures saw the union between a woman and a men a very important part of day to day living and represent them almost like karma sutra with all different sexual positions. The most strange thing I saw was the belief of the Pre-Columbian culture that sexual practice persists even in after lives. There are quite a few potteries depicting sex between a skeleton man and a woman or in groups of living and dead. A very unique exhibit indeed.
     After the museum tour, I took a taxi to Playa agua dulces in the Chorrillo district thinking that since there is a fishmarket there, I should be able to find some good seafood for a good price. That was way WRONG !!! as I later found out.
      As soon as the taxi driver dropped me off in front of the fish market, a "friendly" approached me and took me on a tour of the market. He first showed me the market, which I could have done myself, then he took me to his restaurant, fair enough. When I asked for the menu, I order seafood soup that has a good mix of the different seafood I saw in the market. I even told the owner that I wanted scallop, clam, crab,shrimp, fish and the works. I asked him to show me the menu first and let me know the price, okay 30 soles, about  10 dollars, reasonable. the owner walked away and brought back a small plate of deep fried corn kernels as an appetizer, which I thought was complimentary.  After about 10 minutes, the wife of the owner brought out this huge fish cooked in some sauce, I told her that is not what I wanted and to switch it. Another 15 minutes passed this time the owner brought out this bowel of steamy seafood chowder. Its yellow in color, completes with everything I asked for and more. There is a whole crab there, a scallop with shell, some small shrimps also with shell. yucca roots, floating seaweed( yum extra texture) mussel, fish meat, fish scales?, and pieces of clams.  The soup was a bit salty but it tastes like the ocean all mixed in a bowel, very good. Since this is the first salty meal I had in 2 days, it is quite good. With that said, until I cracked open the Ghost crab and started to eat it. It almost tasted like a bad diarrhea. I just sniffed it and spit the rest of the crab out.  Now the moment of truth, the BILL. I asked to owner to bring it out. When I saw it, my eyes nearly bulged out, 48 soles, I thought it is just 30 soles. He then said the "TOUR" wasn't free, its 8 soles, the fries corn kernels were 2 soles, the soup with "extra seafood" is 8 soles more. I tried not to look to surprised at his rediculous bill and asked him explain the whole bill to me again. He then repeated the same thing. Well, looking all around, since I am the ONLY gringo dumb enough to come over here, I DESERVED to be cheated.....  and besides, he probably won't get another one like me in a long time.  I wasn't happy, I left him that rediculous amount the left. Sadly, that was supposely my taxi money to get back and there is no exchange or bank in sight.

   I am left with no choice but to walk back to my hostel. Looking at my Lonely Planet map its only 4-5 kilometers, hey, I figure if I did the Lares trek for 3 days, a few hours walking on one of the most beautiful beaches in South America won't hurt right?   I am right for the first time today. Althought the walk took 4 hours to get back to my hostel, the beach and cliff was just incredible. Plus the sound of serial waves crashing onto the rocky shores were just the most relaxing noise in the world. I walked by some secluded beaches, saw surfers, took some nice photos of the beaches and listened some more to the pounding waves. I walked by this restaurant that serves seafood buffet for only 49 soles, darn, I should have come here the first place.  I also saw some people paragliding over the cliff at Miraflores.

    I returned back to my hostel, packed everything before I took off for the airport. That concludes my amazing trip into this mysterious country. 

    Please check out my next log for some of my after thoughts.
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