Capital Punishment

Trip Start Sep 02, 2008
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Trip End Dec 14, 2008


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Saturday, October 11, 2008

Our first internal flight saw us fly from Cusco to Lima on TACA airlines which we found to be surprisingly good - so much better than long bus journeys. We decided to stay at a hostel close to the airport as we were due to fly to Brazil the next day, but yet again our choice of hostel wasn't the greatest. Aside from a group of Indian guys staying the hostel was totally empty and not particularly inspiring..it kind of felt like we were intruding on the family that lived there...and paying $30 dollars for the privilege!
The upside of living so far out of town was that it gave us our first experience of catching colectivo's...mini-buses that stop when they're hailed...they score highly on speed and price..not so well on health and safety! Still it's great people watching..when you can prise your face away from someone's armpit... and Jen's Spanish meant we were dropped off at exactly the right point on the motorway hard shoulder..right next to the river/sewer, but bizarrely just a short walk and we were in downtown Lima.  

We arrived in the Plaza de Armas just in time to witness the changing of the guard..a comical exhibition of terrible trumpet playing - seemingly this practice goes on for a good 2 hours so instead we went to get some lunch that happily coincided with England playing Kazakhstan. I won't bore you with the details (mostly because I can't remember that much to say) but the rest of our day was spent looking around Spanish colonial buildings and an old monastary with Catacombs full of old bones which was actually very interesting.

The next day we went to Miraflores, the seaside 'resort' area of Lima which had a beach front not unlike Brighton..with a very English looking pier, English looking mist and English looking sea temperatures, still some nutters had braved the cold and were doing their best to look like they were enjoying the surfing.

Later that evening was a first for us, as it was the first airport we've ever walked to, despite being harrassed by taxi's on the way (even when we were withing spitting distance of the entrance) we walked the 2 km's or so and arrived early enough to check in without problems for a our flight to Rio de Janiero..... 
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