Unfortunately we had to go back to Quito to pick up all our stuff... We were still travelling on one rucksack as we'd left the rest in Quito, whilst we went to the Galapagos.... So after an early departure from Montanita and hugging our belongings for 14 hours we arrived back to our least favourite place, got ripped off by two taxi drivers picked our stuff up, bumped into Lani and headed out to grab some grub as we'd eaten and drank nothing all day....Another 6am start followed the next day as we headed to the airport for our flight out of there to Lima....A quick 2.5 hour flight and we were there... The sun was shining again and we were back by the coast.... Met Darragh from Ireland in the airport and we shared a lift to our hostel... In Barranco, right by the water...Just as it should be!!! Although, it doesn't look quite as appealing as what we've been used to... Perhaps something to do with the masses of amounts of traffic on the road.... Oh and if you think people drive like loonies in London, you have to check Lima out.... Seriously white knuckle!!!!
It was only
Grand, Grand, Grand
To rival any European city
right we hit the beach for the afternoon as there was no June gloom.... And after dithering around getting cash and what not, we got down there just as the sun started to lose a bit of heat, which believe us was a good thing....We were then entertained with a dramatic rescue of two blokes who had swam too far out and got caught in a rip tide and couldnt get back, along with two other people who went out to save them ... All of whom had to be rescued by three lifeguards from another beach who were drafted in and went out to save the day, with the help of a local who'd gone to get his jet ski out.... All drama.... After all that excitement and as we were getting a bit cooler we decided to go and grab some food and found a great spot outside. As it was mothers day they'd got lots of special little things going on and we ate there..... Rather than at a more traditional restaurant, some of which must have been really good as they were queuing out of the doors....!!!! Time for an early night, recouping energy ready for
a big exploration mission on our second day!
We could do the am or the pm city bus tour and invited Darragh to join us. We decided to chill out, linger over breakfast, have a steady walk into the Miraflores district where the bus went from and have a look around there before the 2pm tour.... You can imagine..... Practically had to sprint there..... Thankfully we arrived at 1.55pm and they'd changed the time to 2.30pm.... Time for some lunch in the Park before taking our top deck seats in the Sunshine! The bus tour took us past all the sites and had a stop off at the Monasterio de San Francisco, which is like all the buildings in Lima, really colonial and pretty and unlike a lot of the other building which have suffered much destruction from earthquakes over the years, this one has been well restored.... Not that we can show you any pictures as they were forbidden... And when we say forbidden we mean really forbidden..... Darragh and I entertained ourselves by counting the number of signs to tell you no photos could be taken... 7 in the first room alone and this continued throughout every
What lies beneath
Who would have known what we would of found down there
section.... The most we counted was near the library.... 12 signs... We got the message and kept ourselves amused.... The freakiest thing about this tour is when you go down below the Church to the Catacombs..... It's such a shame we couldn't take any pics as no words will ever capture the extent of this one.... Imagine.... Metres worth of bones, human bones.... All arranged together in deep pits, by this I mean.... Thousands of human left femurs all together in one pit, followed by the next pit that has thousands of right femurs, followed by the next pit, which has skulls..... creepy is not the word.... Apparently they were arranged like that as archeologists who excavated the site could count them..... I ask you... Who would choose to do that job?!!!! Anyway once we were free of that we entertained ourselves again trying on Alpaca hats before it was time for some more sight seeing and home....The weather had been a lovely British summer type day when we set off, but by now it was 5.30ish and really cooling down..... We were all dressed as typical Brits in shorts and t- shirts and me in a vest top and
Gothic or Baroque
I can't remember but either way the architects did a great job
bikini.... Hmmmmm.... How ridiculous did we look.... Shivering on the top of the sight seeing bus!!! Thankfully we only had an hour to go and an hour later three ice bricks got off the bus in the dark and warmed up with the 45min walk along the coastal path back to the hostel, a hot shower and warm grub, where we were joined by Whopper.... A hard core surfer from Scotland, who kept us intrigued and in fits of laughter with his stories of surf holidays with his mates and the best one.... Chainsawing down a tree at a hippie commune!!!!! What a guy.....So a lovely 3 days in Lima, which surpassed our expectations with loads of culture, pretty buildings and friendly folk, very cosmopolitan too but we'd expect nothing less from the city that gave us the lovely Eduardo Hass x x
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