Lima - capital of Peru
Trip Start Feb 18, 2011
43Trip End Feb 17, 2012
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There are nice walkways along the coast, huge department complexes with ocean-view restaurants, global-chain fastfood shops and modern supermarkets. You can buy everything, but to our surprise, apart from the basic goods it was pretty expensive.
However it is still a city of a developing country, as you would see by the very old vehicles blowing off black exhaust gas.
We spent our time visiting china town, the magical water circuit (see pictures), watching paragliders soaring along the cliffs and relaxing at our guest house
It was the climax of the pre-election-time while we were staying there. All the major parties organized political parades through the streets guarded by the police. We came across one of the parades in Cusco - there were singing and cheering people, a megaphone-car, which was playing the slogan-song of the candidate accompanied by a bunch of girls in traditional cloth dancing to the music, followed by a group of policemen with shields and rifles... almost like a carneval ;)
Another interesting thing was the strict alcohol-ban in the whole country at the weekend of the elections.
The first kind of trouble we got into since we started the trip was at the international airport in Lima.
Getting there is usually the biggest problem, because the only practicable way seems to be to take a taxi. There are plenty of taxis around, but to get INTO the airport, they have to show their drivinglicense, taxilicense and valid registration of the car. Very few of the "taxis" can fulfill these strict requirements ;)
So usually the drivers just tell you it won't be a problem, but then they drop you off somewhere outside... if you are lucky in the vicinity of the airport
Luckily we had assistance of our host from the guesthouse, who was calling the taxis over, asked for their papers and checked if everything was valid. The 11th taxi (not kidding!) was finally ok, and so we arrived safe and in time at the airport.
But then... mh.. to keep the entry short, I'll just write the important keywords =P
sayo checked in.. my ticket rejected.. iberia messed ticket up... iberia office = telephone besides toilet (not kidding!)... "customer-service-guy" offering to help me... paying 50$ to fake iberia office to fix the ticket... missed the flight... supervisor -> airport-security -> police -> getting my money back (yippieh)... calling real iberia hotline... missed 2nd flight while waiting for iberia to fix the problem... finally able to check me in, but they "lost" our bags... arriving at 3am in Santiago de Chile... bags were there, but several items stolen.
Hui, got pretty long anyway ;)
The price of learning our travelling lesson (don't book your ticket with Iberia!): a lost day, ~100€ extra expences for replacing the items and a bunch more grey hair on my head :P
Next entry: Santiago de Chile