Lima is alright actually.....

Trip Start Jan 19, 2006
Trip End Jan 19, 2007

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Thursday, September 28, 2006

Had a lie in til at least 8.30am. Everyone is always so noisy here beeping all hours, etc is v irritating!

Then after eating the remainder of our cold chinese we got a collectivo (local minibus that stops every 30 seconds to pick up people) to northern Miraflores and Huaca Pucllana a system of pyramids created from adobe with bricks about 1400 years ago. They were constructed in chambers one on top of each other and then filled with layers of offerings to the gods consisting of farmland, seafood remains and human sacrifices (usually women).

Were amazing structures and are currently being renovated although a lot is still in very good condition. It appears that a lot were built to survive earthquakes as they were trapazoidal structures (built in smaller triangles so only one area could potentially be destroyed).

Pretty interesting stuff and the main site I wanted to see in Lima.

Back to the hotel we checked out and then got another collectivo into the old town or Centro. This took about an hour to get to and eventually the buildings turned from colonial or fake colonial detached buildings to concrete monstrosities to lovely ornate old, french looking galleries and then colonial different coloured buildings. We walked to the mustard coloured Plaza de Armas and wandered around the cathedral, governors palace etc before noticing that a demo would be starting shortly. Police armed in riot gear started to congregate and we noticed some armoured vehicles with water canons. Apparently these are often used here for protests. We headed off to a restaurant for lunch which was recommended in the book and was quite olde worlde with equally olde waiters. Food was disappointing which I am not sure Dave will ever recover from as he keeps going on about it.

Then kept wandering more streets before heading to the central market to look for warm jackets for our treks etc to come. Almost forgot to mention a recent highlight. We have booked a 10 day trip to ANTARCTICA. I am so excited we got it for about half price to leave mid Nov. I am also v excited that we have our own cabin and I can actually unpack my bag properly for the first time (sad I know but little things.....).

Anyway had no joy with jackets but was interesting to see the markets and china town. Each street sold different things from wedding dresses to dentist chairs onto any type of medical equipment. Very odd. Street sellers sold only tape measures or cooked quail eggs. It makes you wonder how people make a living, if they do at all, and how poor so many families must be.

Got a collectivo back to the ocean and had a look at the view and the very posh shopping centre here Larco Mar which is a world away from the rest of Peru with chain restaurants and v expensive shops. Went into the Marriot hotel to laugh at the restaurant prices and then down the road to a little local restaurant where we had 2 courses for about a quid.

Then had to kill time before our 22.30 bus (I managed not to fall asleep before we got it). Got the Movil Tours bus which was great and slept very well yet again!
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