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South America » Peru » Lima » Lima » Lima December 14th 2007

Thursday 13th December: On Tuesday evening I went out for a bite to eat in Aguas Calientes and found that the village was saturated with restaurants all vieing for business. After looking at a few menus I chose a place which could have easily seated 80 plus but there were only two other couples in there. All the other restaurants also have few people in them, probably because it´s the low season. Incidentally, I gave a miss to the stuffed guinea pig on the menu (apparently a delicacy out here) - otherwise the food was good. I made an early start yesterday morning to catch the 5:30 bus to Machu Picchu; 'arrived just after six in a full bus. The entrance procedure took a few minutes (entrance fee £25). I went directly to Wayne Picchu - ... read more
River Aguas Calientes
Head in the Clouds
Looking down from Wayne Picchu

South America » Peru » Lima » Lima » Miraflores December 13th 2007

Well, almost at the end of our trip. We are now in Lima having completed the last stretch of the journey. La Paz was a city anywhere we have seen before. Complete with a witchcraft market (where you can pick up dried llama foetus and stuffed armadillo..), women in bowler hats selling anything you could ever want and more, and a constant barrage of tooting cars. From La Paz we went to the original Copacabana on the shore of Lake Titicaca and caught a boat to the Isle del Sol, birthplace of the Incas. The contrast with La Paz couldn´t have been greater as we wandered across the island with some great views of the lake in the peace and quiet apart from a llama which wanted to practice it´s spitting techniques on us! We spent ... read more
James or a Llama?
Sacsayhuaman
Condor in the Colca Canyon

South America » Peru » Lima » Lima » Lima December 12th 2007

The end has come to three fantastic months getting to know South America. At 3pm I left the Belly Button of the World (that is what the Inca´s dubbed their central city of Cusco) for a long stretch in the Lima airport. It was difficult to say goodbye after sharing so much time with such a wonderful family and knowing that I will not be back any time soon. Almost everything fit in my baggage and so far it is being allowed onto the plane in its zipper-busting condition. There is so much to report but so little I can remember right now. My last Sunday I spent the morning in the plaza de armas witnessing what I thought was a unique holiday display of a military parade complete with marching band, city officials and a ... read more

South America » Peru » Lima » Lima » Miraflores December 10th 2007

Happy Holidays Everyone! We definitely miss the holiday feeling down here in Lima. It is just not the same as the weather gets warmer and warmer. Everyday starts off with low clouds followed by clearing around noon. The average daytime temperature along the coast (when the Sun comes out) is about 70-75 degrees. After thinking about it for a long time, Mom and Dad Bergeron decided to come down to Peru for a week for a quick visit. We spent the first few days in Miraflores and Lima getting acquainted with the surroundings, eating great seafood, visiting museums, and sampling a few Peruvian beverages. Dad was very interested in trying the cuy (guinea pig) but after hearing that it had too many small bones, he decided to pass. They were very interested about seeing the Andes ... read more
1am After Their Arrival in Lima
Trying Some Different Foods
Plaza de Armas in Central Lima

South America » Peru » Lima » Lima December 9th 2007

We have made it to Peru, after an agonising 28 and half hour bus ride. It wasn't quite as bad as it sounds as we had big chairs that were like arm chairs that reclined so we could sleep. We crossed the border no problem I expected it to be a lot more hairy. As we travelled out of Ecuador we saw miles and miles of Banana plantations. The scenery varied and we got to go through some really small market towns and see how the majority of people in South America live. We wouldn't have seen this if we had flown. The small towns are fasinating it is just one main street with market stall after market stall some market stalls are just piled high with hundreds of watermelons. When travelling through Peru to get ... read more

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South America » Peru » Lima » Lima » Lima December 8th 2007

Flight to Lima We travelled from Puno to Juliaca on a coach transfer that was waiting around for some Americans for ages, so much we worried we would miss our flight! We need not have worried as our flight was delayed and we hung around the tiny airport watching mini-sandstorms skitter across the runway. To our horror the French family from hell (from the train) turned up and acknowleding us, sat right opposite us in the departure lounge. The mum was still as miserable as ever but the kids amused us by knocking each other's heads with an empty water bottle. Eventually our flight arrived and we boarded and headed off for Lima. It was still very windy and the plane tussled with the air on take-off. We touched down in Arequipa to collect more passengers ... read more
Jase last 1lt of beer!!
rachs last icecream!!! yes jase had a huge one to!!
firemans parade in the plaza

South America » Peru » Lima » Lima December 5th 2007

I´m not usually one for getting up early on a Sunday but this one was an exception. We were going to go to a car show organised by the Club del Automoviles Antiguos del Peru. Gonzalo had spent most of Saturday polishing his Mercedes and I was hoping that I might see a Mini or two. Gonzalo and his brother, Jose, arrived to pick us up and we set off on our way to Plaza Mayor in the centre, stopping on the way to register and check out some of the other cars. Once we arrived at the square everyone parked up and eventually the whole square was filled with cars. The place was filled with people; a mix of men looking knowledgeably under car bonnets, car owners loitering by their cars proudly, families, photographers and ... read more
Number 144
Gonzalo´s Baby
Triumph

South America » Peru » Lima » Lima » Miraflores December 4th 2007

Day 6 Friday 30th November 2007 Lima, Peru. I arrived in Lima at 08:25 following a long sleepless flight. It was a free for all outside the airport as I was mobbed by the dozens of taxi drivers. I negotiated a price of 40 Soles (£6.50) for the 45 minute journey to the hotel Girasoles which is located in the Miraflores district of Lima. The journey in the 1973 Datsun Sunny was fun to say the least, it was rush hour and there are no rules in terms of lane discipline etc.. Much of Lima is like a run down Spanish city and the place is shrouded in low cloud and fog for much of the year but apparently it does lift in January for 8 weeks or so. Karl at Travel Nation had booked an ... read more
The Palacio de Gobierno in Plaza Mayor
Convento y Musgo de San Francisco which has vast catacombs
It´s OK they dont bite - Plaza Mayor

South America » Peru » Lima » Lima » Miraflores December 3rd 2007

fingers crossd!!! for all of you who get this as well, I´m testing the system to see if it works...VERY scientific!!!... read more

South America » Peru » Lima » Lima » Miraflores December 3rd 2007

Greetings All! Well a lot can happen in a week, especially when you dont try. Since we last spoke I have become a Llama farmer and married a Peruanan gipsy woman called Mariella. Clearly I am lying......I am working on the Llama farmer bit. Last week Chris and I actually met our first English amigos out here, Jess has been out here for two years and speaks really good Spanish...I found this out when the school mistakenly put her in my class. Her and the teacher were basically conversing in Spanish...it went a tad over my head to be fair. On Wednesday we had another cooking class and this time there were seven of us! It was actually a really good laugh and a few of us went out for beers to wait for it....´The Old ... read more
Graduation Day!
Technicolour Fountains!
This one is for you Robin




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