Trip Start Nov 05, 2006
182Trip End Jan 14, 2008
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Our first day of tourism (we spent one day researching the next phase of the trip at South American Explorers), was spent making our way through the long alleys and colonial heart of the city to visit the catacombs, national museum and our favorite, the museum of the Spanish Inquisition.
The cathedral is beautiful, but at this point, cathedrals no longer impress me (Ah! The jaded traveler!). So, on we went to visit the catacombs. The catacombs are located directly below a monastery, which also has itīs own cathedral, but a more interesting cathedral because it has a series of Reuben's paintings depicting the Passion of the Christ. Strangely, theyīre just nailed to the wall, barely protected from anything whether it be human, animal or weather. Lima is possibly the most humid place weīve visited, so I donīt imagine these paintings will weather the years too well. This is sort of a find if you like amazing, very large scale, Ruebens paintings. The best painting though is not a Ruben, but a version of "The Last Supper" where the main entree is cuy! Yes, the furry little guinea pig had his day at the last supper in addition to being a national favorite dish of Peru as well as Ecuador. We passed through the rest of the church and headed into the basement. The walls closed in and the ceiling dropped and we were officially in the catacombs. Winding our way through the maze we came upon room after room with the bones of thousands of Lima residents stacked on the floor. Since previous earthquakes had unsettled the bones, the care takers re-arranged them into strange geometrical patterns. This would qualify for the "jobs we donīt want to do" category. Now, one of the things you canīt help think about when youīre in the catacombs is the earthquake frequency in Peru. Always aware of the nearest exit, we quickly made our way through the twists and turns and happily emerged back on the street.
The following day, we decided to stop being tourists and headed to Mira Flores to catch up on movies and treat ourselves to some more refined cuisine. Lima is definitely worth a visit should you find yourself in Peru. We enjoyed great shopping, wonderful sushi (!), and managed to catch up on some flicks.