Trip Start Jan 01, 2008
Trip End Dec 29, 2008

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Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Well! The journey from Auckland, New Zealand to Lima Peru was a beauty! We left Auckland on a LAN Chile flight to Santiago at 17.30 on 5th August (the first sunny day in weeks!), crossed the International Dateline which meant that 11 hours later we arrived in Santiago around midday on still on the 5th August. Our connection to Lima was not until 20.05 so we got a spot of lunch and decided to treat ourselves to a business class lounge to try and get some sleep. Big mistake! After settling down with a glass of wine we seemed to be surrounded with screaming kids. As their parents seemed incapable of exercising anything remotely approaching control and we lacked the Spanish language skills to remonstrate with them, we headed backed to the main departure lounge which was seemly lacking in any children (we knew were they were to be found!!).
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 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!).
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