19 hour journey, rubber food and visa troubles...

Trip Start May 08, 2013
Trip End Sep 30, 2013

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B&B Tradiciones Lima
Read my review - 5/5 stars

Flag of Peru  , Lima Region,
Friday, May 10, 2013

Last night we set off from Madrid at 11.10pm for an 11-hour journey to São Paulo in Brazil. I've done a lot of long-haul journeys over the past year and a half, so I really was sort of dreading just sitting on the plane for 11 hours to Brazil, but I actually managed to sleep for about 7 hours which was fantastic! When I woke up after my first sleep, I honestly couldn't believe that we were half way through the flight and there was only 5.5h to go. Then I fell asleep again and there were only a couple of hours left at the end, and that is when I ate some rubbery plane food. I'm not particularly fussy these days, but the food really was approaching inedible! Anyway, can't complain, our flights for the entire round-trip to South America were £340 each! So I really wasn't expecting a lot.

We waited in São Paulo airport for 3 hours for our connecting flight to Lima. We didn't have to clear any security or anything like that - it was straight off the plane into the departure hall for the next flight. Easy. From São Paulo to Lima we flew over the Andes which was magnificent to look at out the window (for the brief time I was actually awake) and we even flew over Lake Titicaca which is on the border of Peru and Bolivia.

We had a bit of a problem with the immigration officer in Lima Airport. Despite attempts to get an entry stamp for 60 days on our 'tarjeta andina de migracion' (immigration card basically), this particular man would only give us 30 days entry. (British people are actually entitled to 90 days, or even sometimes 183). Seemingly how many days you get depends on 'the mood of the immigration officer' which is unfortunate as we will now have two choices: 1. stay illegally and pay a fine on departure or 2. do a visa run to Bolivia at some point. I think we will probably do the visa run and spend an unexpected couple of days in Bolivia, as there are a couple of things we could do just across the border.

We had a driver waiting for us in arrivals in Lima Airport who whisked us through the streets to our accommodation in Miraflores. No hassle from pesky taxi drivers!
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