Lima - Taxi, taxi, taxi

Trip Start May 12, 2013
Trip End Jul 30, 2013

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Flag of Peru  , Lima Region,
Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Went to the Bolivian embassy to get our visas done this morning. Pretty straightforward, handed over our passports, return flights, yellow fever vaccination and credit cards. We were told to return to get them at 4pm.

We then took a cab to Centro to sightsee. First stop was the Plaza de Armas, where there was the presidential palace on one side, and the Lima cathedral on the other. A nice 16th century fountain in the middle of the square as well.

Walked to the famous San Francisco cathedral after. It was bigger and more majestic than the Lima cathedral on the outside. Got swarmed by a bunch of schoolgirls from Peru for photos then, exotic Asians I guess. We took a tour of the interior of the church and cloisters. There was an amazing library with winding stairs and huge collection of old books, but no photography was allowed. The catacombs was quite big as well, and creepy with skulls.

Walked to the central market (which was basically a large hawker center and market) to search for food, and we ended up at the Chinatown next to the market. The funny thing was we didn't see much Asians along Chinatown except for a few shopkeepers. It wasn't as big as imagined (supposedly biggest in Latin America) as well. Many chinese restaurants though. We walked along the main streets and settled for a eatery serving some noodles with ceviche(raw fish), potatoes and spices. That only cost 5soles ($2).

Walked backed towards plaza de armas. There was nice colonial buildings along the way. Soon we found our way to the Santo Domingo, the oldest church in whole of Latin America. There was a guided tour as well which ended at the top of the bell tower. Good views of the cities from above.

We had to make our way back to the embassy to collect our passports by now, and started flagging cabs down along the street. The cabs here have no meter and work on a preagreed fee, so we haggled past 15 drivers before getting a cab that would take us to the embassy for a good price.

Picked up our passports and had the same taxi haggling exercise to get a ride back to our hostel. A good lad gave us a good price of 10soles($4) back.

Made green curry for dinner thereafter.

Miraflores tomorrow!

Lima, Peru
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