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South America » Peru » Lima » Lima » Lima April 12th 2014

I'm here in Peru .... I made it!! Sooo busy at the airport. It felt like every flight arrived at the same time and apparently they do! My driver Mario was there to great me and provide a very calming influence. Thank goodness as it would have been very easy to have been swept away in the sea of people. I was wisked away to the lovely Maritza's appartment after a 30 min drive. Have posted a view from her lounge room. The flight over was pretty good and the pilot landed very well (see, I'm feeling like I can comment now that I have landed a few times lol) but it felt like10 hrs instead of 5. Most probably because I am still trying to recover from the jet lag and haven't really stopped. But, ... read more
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South America » Peru » Lima » Lima » Lima February 20th 2014

19 February 2014 – Wednesday – Lima, Peru Walkabout Lima. San Isidro and Miraflores. We are staying in a small apartment in San Isidro, Residencial Sori, at 3060 Avienda Arequipa, one of the main through roads in Lima. It is very noisy with steady traffic all day and most of the night. We begin our day with a walk in the neighbourhood and a disappointing coffee and empanada at a local bakery. (The coffee was so poor, more milk than coffee, micro-waved but still cold, that we sent it back and asked for a bottle of water in its place.) Both San Isidro and Miraflores are residential/commercial suburbs south and nearer the coast than the historical centre. The streets are lined with lovely, well-maintained houses and apartment blocks, as well as high-rise business towers of a ... read more
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South America » Peru » Lima » Lima » Lima February 11th 2014

Sunday 9th February (Odyssey Day 93) It was a lazy breakfast of bread rolls with jam today. We certainly had an easy start to the day. Ellie and I soon headed out to the San Francisco Monastery and catacombs. It only cost S/. 7 to enter this beautiful looking monastery. You do need to have a guide to take you around though and we had to wait about 10 minutes for the next group with an English speaking guide. The tour was very informative but a bit rushed. The guide was certainly enthusiastic about the place, though he seemed to speak in a whisper most of the time. Perhaps that was just his way of adding to the enthralling atmosphere of the place. In the ossuary are piles of the bones of approximately 25000 people found ... read more
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South America » Peru » Lima » Lima » Lima November 22nd 2013

I started writing this in Cusco airport waiting for Lima flight and chose title purely for alliteration. However it has proved to be horribly prophetic. Who has ever heard of an entire city of 9 m people totally banning the sale or consumption of alcohol for 48 hrs before & on the day of a major civic election? Well....you guessed it...Lima does..& it just so happens that the election is on Sunday..so no wine till Monday here! Luckily we head to Amazon tomorrow, but meantime really are drinking lemonade...yeughh! I assume they don't trust people to tick the favored box after imbibing uno coppa or dos. who knows, but I bet Pachacuchec didn't inflict that on his people. Agua Calientes was a unique place with no road access and only buses up & down mountain to ... read more
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South America » Peru » Lima » Lima » Lima September 18th 2013

Well hello all!!!!! I have been in Peru for almost a week now and have only now gotten a chance to write about it, so yes, its been a bit crazy. Which also goes for the functions on this keyboard, so my apologies for typos and weird symbols, like this one {. So I left from Vancouver, after beeing thrown out of the car by my parents, and immediately there was something wrong with my ticket. Classic. I had not one booking. I had two. Not so classic. I immediately said I would keep both if they were right beside each other on the flights. The Air Canada guy pretended to humor me as he cancelled my dreams of riding executive class-like ever again. But he got everything sorted. I was selected to have a more ... read more
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South America » Peru » Lima » Lima » Lima September 14th 2013

Up around 9a.m. for breakfast and meet&greet. Yummy buffet-style choices: scrambled eggs, meat, cereals, yogurt, fruit, breads, honey, etc. Sat with Kathy (from plane) and met Lisa & Farrah. Given the options of the day - several tours were arranged (walking and bus) but the four of us opted to explore on our own. We had very few pre-conceived notions of the city and a very short list of specific things we'd heard about, so we figured that we could figure it out! First, though, I wanted to go hang-gliding (never done it and what a view from the cliffs over the ocean!) with a married couple from Chicago. Unfortunately, I had no way to meet back with my girls so decided to postpone. It worked out for the best, though, because they reported later that ... read more
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South America » Peru » Lima » Lima » Lima September 13th 2013

Okay, this is the boring post that covers the travel day. Gotta be done...if only to see if this thing's working! Next days are written, but we're about to head out for adventures, so posted later tonight. Many, many more pics to come! Seattle to Houston Left home at 3:30a.m., flight from Sea delayed to 7:30a.m., flight uneventful - mostly slept - watched new "Sleepy Hollow" tv show for free. Baggage issue in Houston, had to run out to baggage claim, grab it, recheck to Lima and get back through security. Made it to the gate just in the nick of time! Still, had time to call mom and then Katie while boarding. Gotta make sure someone knows what's going on at all times! Super excited for the trip and nervous about the group dynamic and ... read more
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South America » Peru » Lima » Lima » Lima August 22nd 2013

Current Location: Cuenca, Ecuador Ron I want to write a little on our train experience on July 27th, 2013. A train runs once a month from Lima to the town of Huancayo in the mountains. On the way, it reaches a max altitude of 4829meters (15,700 feet) before coming to rest in Huancayo at 3260 meters (10,600 feet!). I dont know why it only runs once a month -- the trax all seem to be in good shape, etc. though im sure i wouldnt know a 'bad' track if it hit me in the face! Ha! The journey started from Lima's Desamparados (downtown) station at 7am on a rainy morn. We had changed hostels on thursday from the Kaminu in Barranco to the 1900 Backpackers in downtown Lima, well knowing that we'd have to be up ... read more

South America » Peru » Lima » Lima » Lima August 9th 2013

9/8/2013: Arrived in Lima and went to the point hostal in barrio barraco around 13, got a nice room and some good breakfast/lunch while waiting for the girls. When they came we went for a walk and found a starbucks on a small plaza. Walked a little more and had dinner at a nice burger place. Really delicious. Back to the hostel where we had some beers in the patio and tried to teach some brazilian guys danish and they ended up singing it. 10/8/2013: Got up a little late and went for a walk downtown around plaza de armas and the center.. Beautifull city, but we were really tired so we didnt spend too much time there.. In the evening we had dinner at the hostel and ended up drinking and playing games. Then we ... read more
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South America » Peru » Lima » Lima » Lima July 25th 2013

We are finally here! But this trip wouldn't be an official dovzak-heath trip without an official screwup (like when we got on the wrong train when leaving Varanasi 4 years ago and, boy, was that a screwup!!!) so we decided to get it out of the way first thing this trip so we missed our connecting flight out of LAX to Lima!! Oh, boy!! Not very good! On retrospect, it was due to a series of events that came together, conspiring against us. First, our flite in PHX sat on the runway for an hour until traffic cleared @ LAX and then the luggage took a half an hour to come out (why we didnt just check our bags right thru in PHX dont ask me!) and then we waited a good 20 min. for the ... read more




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