Arrived ALIVE!!!!

Trip Start Jul 31, 2005
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Trip End Sep 05, 2007


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Wednesday, July 25, 2007

So after just a week we left Colombia, for no other reason apart from the fact that we really are running out of time! We decided that we are so short on time now that we couldnt even go overland through Ecuador, so after getting up at 2am we jumped on a plane bound for Lima - Peru.

Of course nothing runs smoothly and we had hassle at Bogota airport, they told us that we needed to pay $60 departure tax each because we did not have the correct immigration papers! Yeah right, immigration only gave us a stamp - that was there problem and they were promptly told to solve it! We only had to pay about $30 each in the end.
The flight was quite turbulant and we flew over the huge expanse of the Amazon for what seemed like ages, looking out of the window all that we could see was huge masses of green with winding rivers. All of a sudden the green changed the highest jagged snow capped peaks you have ever seen - we knew we were almost there - this was the Andes.

We landed in Lima and passed by immigration and customs quicker than anywhere else before! The bus service which acts like a shuttle has supposedly closed down, so the only option apart from the local bus service which was a no no with all of our luggage was to take a rather overpriced taxi.

We are staying in a really nice hostel in Central Lima, it is located right a short walk from the main Plaza and is a huge old Mansion with lots and lots of character. Yesterday we visited the nearby San Francisco church and convent, we took a tour which was all in Spanish to see the famous Catacombs which lie beneath the church. The poor girl doing the tour, everytime everyone looked we would look and go ahhh, everytime she smiled we smiled back! When we got outside we both said that we had understood about two words of the entire tour - oh dear!

Today we walked around the plaza and looked at the outside of the Cathedral (we visited that yesterday too), and hung around until noon to watch the changing of the guards at the presidents palace - that was pretty amazing. We walked through Central Lima looking in the huge Mercado Central, eating some yummy street food in Chinatown, hanging out in the huge plazas and having a fun time.
Lima is a lovely city, Peru is much cheaper than other countries we have visited recently and as we crossed the equator again - it is now winter again!

We are heading about 5 hours south to the desert oasis of Huacachina from some heat and fun sandboarding and dune buggying!

Hugs

AlinMatt
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