Trip Start Feb 02, 2013
22Trip End Feb 26, 2013
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We woke up this morning at 5:00 a.m. to get ready and go to breakfast. A porter came and took the rest of our luggage and we headed down for breakfast. Breakfast at the Ritz is amazing, they have everything you could possibly think of and you could easily eat a whole meal and not even try half of the buffet. So yummy!
After breakfast we took a car to the airport. We didn't leave from the normal airport, but we left from a smaller airport. There was hardly any security and it was so nice to be able to just walk on the plane whenever we want and hang out.
The plane is big. It's about the size of a united airplane, but it is customized on the inside with these giant seats that lean really far back and all sorts of great stuff
The flight to Lima was about 6.5 hours. I tried to sleep for some of it, but there was a lecture on Peru and Peruvian culture. After the first lecture, I got to sleep a little, played scrabble a little and then the chef brought us our first meal. Hold up! A CHEF?! I couldn't believe it, but we have a chef that travels with our plane the entire time and cooks for us. I asked more about it and apparently when we land in different countries he travels to the markets to pick out local fresh produce and foods so that he can prepare our meals for our flights. Our first meal was three courses!
During the rest of the flight we had another lecture (which I slept through, whoops) and the got ready to land in Lima, Peru! After we landed we went through customs which was very easy, a bus came to take us immediately to a museum called the Larco Herrera Museum, one of the worlds largest collections of pre-Columbian art, with many Moche, Nazca, Chimu and Inca pieces. Basically there was lots of erotic sex art (see picture). We were able to see their full collection and their warehouse where they store pieces not on display (which was huge!)
After the museum we headed to check into the hotel and have dinner at the hotels Observatory. We are staying at the Miraflores Park Hotel in Lima. Its beautiful and directly over the water. As we were driving to the hotel I enjoyed people watching and looking at the culture around me. It is much different than I expected - much more American than I expected, and much cleaner.
Our real destination in Peru is not Lima, however, so tomorrow we depart for Cusco early in the morning. We cannot take the private plane for this one destination so we will be going to the local airport and getting on an itty bitty airplane. Im very excited about Cusco, Ive heard wonderful things about it and I know it will be beautiful.
Until then... :)