Peru is 6 hours behind the UK so we went to bed around 3:30 equivalent! Managed to get some sleep though obviously woke up early and it’s difficult to get back to sleep. K said she slept well. Anyway leisurely start this morning as we’re not meeting for the tour until 9:00. We went down to breakfast just after 7:30 as we were both up and ready. Quite a nice spread of the usual fare. We both had freshly made omelettes and fresh fruit etc.
On to the tour at 9. The post rush hour traffic was really busy and we took longer than planned so it seemed like all our viewings were a bit rushed. First stop was this really huge mud brick structure covering 15 acres call Huaca Pucllana.
We then continued onto downtown Lima and after driving around Plaza Mayor and Plaza San Martin we were dropped off outside the Church of San Francisco. It looks wet in the photo but that’s because they were washing the pigeon dropping away! We weren’t allowed to take photos in the church complex itself but it was very impressive – we got to go into the underground catacombs which full of pits of bones and sculls etc.
We then walked past the old railway station, now a library and to Plaza Mayor where the presidential palace is and lots of fine buildings around the other sides.
We were then taken to a private museum – Museo Larco – for a very quick tour of loads of excavated artefacts. Pretty impressive amount and quality of stuff for a private concern.
The mini-bus dropped us back at the hotel and we went in search of lunch in Miraflores. Ended up (after not finding the mall) in a nice local café. K had a seafood rice dish which was OK but she expected the rice on the side and D had a dish which was a fillet of white fish on a bed of potatoes and asparagus with a cheese sauce and covered in prawns – it was very yummy if a bit rich.
Back to the hotel for a rest before looking for a light supper and packing up for an early transfer to the airport tomorrow on the way to Cusco.