In Lima & in love

Trip Start Aug 11, 2009
Trip End Sep 30, 2010

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Albergue miraflores house

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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Ok, so I don't love Lima itself, but its a lot nicer than the guidebooks make out. Maybe its just the relief of getting Bevan's stolen Ipod back from our criminally minded hostel in Cartagena, or our first flight without major dramas.
A taxi from our accommodation into central Lima takes an hour (although that includes an interesting experience with our first taxi which prolonged things a little), and suddenly we are in what looked like a European capital. The main square is bordered by an impressive cathedral and the parliament building complete with changing of the guard (who sure give Monty Python some competition when it comes to silly walks). Nearby is the large monastery complete with catacombs and museums about everything from gold to the Inquisition.

But back to my new love - the handsome Peruvian with beautiful eyes. His name is Conquistador and he is a Peruvian Paso horse. Three bus connections find us lost wandering a dirt road amongst corn fields before we find the horse riding stables, where we are taken on a two hour ride past ancient ruins and along the beach with waves crashing on the shore (and two sea lion corpses). The Peruvian Paso horses are trained to perform an extra gait - it's a strange combination of walk, trot and pace with a very high knee action, the result being trotting speed without any bumping or lurching. However after 2 hours on his horse Poet and alleged bruising of the posterior, I'm not sure Bevan is appreciating the smoothness of the gait.
Before you feel too sorry for Bevan I will point out that we booked the hostel we are staying at solely because they have guitars which can be freely used by the guests (and free pisco sour cocktails, so that's me contented listening to guitar).

That morning we visited the Wari ruins at Pachacamac, 30km from Lima. While the site is not that impressive as no reconstructions have taken place on the 1200 year old buildings, it was a satisfying view of our first ruins simply because of the effort involved to get there by bus. The scale of the ruins is impressive though and the site took over two hours to walk around.
And it was probably a good place to start, as our next stop is the hopefully more impressive ruins near the town of Trujillo, north along the coast from Lima.
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ronmarg on

Ah ha - a holiday romance.
I promise I won't tell Fly.

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