Tour of the city
18.11.2008 - 18.11.2008 24 °C
Tuesday 18th - and we were up sharp and off on a morning tour of Lima. As well as Millie we had another guide called Roxanne, who if nothing else was extremely enthusiastic and kept us all in line by clapping her hands if we dared to venture too far away from the flock. I felt like I was back at school at times LOL.
After visiting the ruins at Huaca Pucllana ( which pre dates the Inca's by around 5000 years) we zig zagged across the city crossing into different municipal districts and getting an idea of how vast Lima is ( population almost 10 million).
La Catedral was interesting yet sort of like Barcelona on a much smaller and less impressive scale, however we were all quite blown away when we visited the colonial complex of San Franscisco ( a convent, church, two chapels and the most amazing catacombs Ive ever seen.) The bones of over 70, 000 bodies are still there on display, having been re-arranged into ornate patterns when it was discovered in the 1950's. Have to say it was quite creepy but definitely worth seeing. We werent allowd to take any photos but I clocked one of the Aussies casually snaping his camera as he walked past so Im going to blackmail him later for copies so I can shock everyone back home.
Of course I couldnt walk past Lima's oldest pub without having a quick drink - we all ordered a few jugs of Chica Morada - made from boiled purple corn. Apparently we had the non-alcoholic version, which distressed me no end !!
Saw lots of Colonial architecture, particularly around the Plaza San Martin and Plaza Mayor, which were impressive but started to become a bit samey. We also spent a good long while in the Museo de la Nacion which gave us a taste of Peru's past and a good overview of what to expect when touring the Inca sites near Cusco later in the week. Lots and lots of ancient Chavin, Wari and Inca artifacts
Loved all the school kids parading around the museum who seemed really intrigued by us and kept trying out their English on us. Very very friendly people !!
Let the side down a bit by having a hamburger for lunch ( well, as anyone who knows me knows I have regular burger cravings and today was one of them - didnt go down well with everyone else though, who all munched their way through yet more raw fish !!!!).To be fair it was an exceptionally spanish sounding burger with raw chillies and garlic, but maybe I should've been a bit more daring.
Finally managed to get a watch this afternoon too- quite impressed with it actually, and we all headed off to the Rosa Nautica restaurant at night to watch the sunset ( its on the pier down by the beach,) and sip yet more Pisco Sours - am slowly foregtting what it was like to ever work it must be said and I found it a bit strange tonight when folk were asking me about my job and what it was like.
The meal was beautiful ( I had fresh Albacore Tuna steaks with Avocado risotto, which definitely made up for my lunchtime faux par with the burger)- one of the best meals Ive ever had, and the setting was just perfect, although we could almost have been in California and not South America. The restaurant was at the end of a pier not unlike Malibu and the clifftops leading down to it looked quite spectacular.
I gave up on the packing and went straight to bed when I got in - suffering the effects of my Pisco Sours ( Im slowly getting addicted !! Also manged to get sunburnt today - obviously the bloody Lancaster isnt working !!!