The longest day...

Trip Start Dec 15, 2008
Trip End Jan 16, 2008

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Lan flight 601, Row 20 A and C

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Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Not wanting to sit around in Lima airport for 6 hours waiting for our midnight connection to Santiago, we took a stroll outside the perimeter of the airport and negotiated a favorable rate into town with an unofficial taxi. Along the way we hatched a plan with our taxi driver, Martin, that we use his services and knowledge of the city for the next 5 hours for a fixed fee. This would not only make our getting around the city a little easier, but also make his day a little more interesting! Since his English was not too bad this ended up to be a rather good move.

First a trip into the Plaza de Armas, we checked out the Cathedrals and Parliament buildings and walked around the square. Then off to the city park and flower market, where they have huge arrangements already made for funerals, weddings, anniversaries etc...

Then off the beach for a sunset walk and views, then up the hill to Miraflores (the playground for the wealthy Limanians). This is definitely the place to stay if in Lima, packed with markets, clubs and restaurants. We settled on a light meal at an Arabian cafe with our driver before heading back to the airport.

We eventually checked in close to 1 am and decided to just stay awake for the duration of our flight. Two timezones and 3.5 hours later we arrived in Santiago.
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