Trip Start Jan 01, 2008
87Trip End Dec 29, 2008
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Our flight to Lima left Santiago on time and after yet another time zone change we arrived in Lima airport at 22.30. After over 24 hours of travelling and crossing who knows how many time zones (and still in the same day!) we were absolutely shattered! We had arranged for a taxi from the airport and thankfully he was there waiting for us. An hour later we pulled up at our B &B for the next 4 nights, the D'Osma in Barranco, a bohemian type district close to the sea and the tourist area of Miraflores.
We were not terribly impressed with Lima as it was quite cold and damp and foggy for most of the time were there but maybe as we were both suffering from major jet lag we were not in the best frame of mind to enjoy it. We explored Barranco and Miraflores, taking note of the many, many warnings we had been given of violent crime and mugging etc. ( I have to say that after Sierra Leone, it didn't seem so bad).
Before coming to South America we joined the SA Explorers Club www.saexplorers.org a non profit organisation with clubhouses throughout South America. They can provide a wealth of information and assistance to travellers in South America and are well worth joining for anyone travelling here.
I try out my very, very basic Spanish on the LAN website to book our flights to Cusco (the fares are 30% cheaper than on the UK site!!). I try (for about 20 mins.) to pay using my credit card until it is pointed out to me that what I have to do is to print of an email and take this into a bank or supermarket to pay and to collect our eTickets a novel approach, but amazingly it works very well!
We arrived at a very busy Lima airport, still wondering whether our eTickets would work but they did and the check in process was better than just about any airport we have experienced on our travels (maybe BAA should send their Heathrow managers here for training!).