Dopey Taxi Driver

Trip Start Oct 02, 2009
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Monday, November 9, 2009

After an 18 hour bus journey from Mancora we arrived in Lima around 1pm on Tuesday. Lima, which is the capital of Peru is the country's largest city with around 9 million inhabitants. Whilst in Lima we stayed in a part of the city called Miraflores, set above the Pacific Ocean this is the touristic centre of Lima & definitely the closest to a European area as we've seen so far. The bar manager in the Loki in Lima is Liam from Dublin, sound fella & looks exactly like Stephen Ireland. One of the 1st things that struck us about Lima is the traffic is absolutely mental, & the drivers just as bad.

Altogether we spent 3 days in Lima, the first day we didn't do much but went out that night in an area called Larcomar. It's a large entertainment centre built into the cliffs overlooking the Pacific.

On the wednesday we went to the 'Museo de la Nacion'. Apparently it's one of the biggest & best museums in South America. We didn't find the majority of it that great to be honest, but if we had got a guide it would have been better as we would have known what we we looking at! However the exhibition on the 6th floor was very interesting & a little disturbing. It was an exhibition about a group called the 'shining path' & the reign of terror they carried out in Peru over a certain period of years thanks to their leader Guzman. The reason it was disturbing was because it was an exhibition of pictures.

In the afternoon we went to the 'San Francisco Convent'. One of the oldest cathedrals in South America. Here we got an excellent tour of the famous catacombs. The underground catacombs are the burial ground for around 70,000 bodies and most of the bones are still visible. Our guide told us that years ago people believed that being buried under the church in these catacombs was the best place as they would be closer to heaven. We went out again that night, we had our taxi driver singing the Paul Mcgrath song, & finished off the night with some roadworks & a visit to a casino.

On the Thursday we played 6-a-side soccer on astroturf, badly needed. In the evening we went to 'The Magic Water Circuit'. It's a park containing 13 water fountains. It's the biggest park of fountains in the world, & is in the Guinness world records. They put on a great water, lights & music show. This is an example of the show, taken from youtube:

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Jo Curran on

Hi Guys - Can't believe ye are still doing the blog it is keeping us all well entertained during this period of rainwashed, flooded Ireland -- Looks like ye are having a ball..... talk soon

kevin keane on

hows it going boys, glad its all going well for ye. kepp the blog going, its a good old read!

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