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Published: August 8th 2011
After leaving Huacachina i arrived into the greyness of Lima and, after spending an hour cycling in circles for a bit, eventually found the hostel to meet up with Jake again. I really did not like Lima as a city. It's absolutely huge and to get to the center from the Miraflores area, where all the tourists stay, it's a 30 min bus ride or 15 min taxi. While i was in Cusco i made a friend at the hostel who lives in Lima, so had a free guided tour of the city. In one day you can pretty much see all there is in Lima, walking round the center and going to a few museums. The highlight was probably the San Francisco monastery catacombs, where they buried the dead for a couple of hundred years. There's lot's of old bones and you can walk around the catacombs for a while which was quite cool.
After 2 days in Lima i booked the bus up to Barranca, near the oldest ruins in South America at Caral. The ruins at Caral are around 4000 years old, so while not as impressive as Machu Picchu, where quite interesting. Very few tourists go
Ruins at Caral
4000 year old pyramids
to them though, so getting to and from them proved a test of my spanish! The next couple of days were a haze of buses to get up to Mancora. After the first bus was 1 hour 45 mins late and the second was 3 hours late i was non too pleased with the Peruvian transport system! I eventually arrived in Mancora on Sunday morning, in time to watch the Cupa Americas final. I booked my bus ticket to Quito and spent the next couple of days relaxing on the beach. Only the second time i've been on a beach in 5 and a half months so was nice to chill out for a bit. The food was really good in Mancora, their traditional dish is ceviche which is fish marinated in citrus and was really nice and there was also a really good Thai restaurant!
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