Trip Start Apr 30, 2012
5Trip End Jul 31, 2012
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Museo de la Inquisicion
Monasterio de San Francisco
Museo de la Nacion
Upon arriving in Lima airport we were greeted by a daunting crowd of Peruvians and a local band! A driver was waiting for us and took us to our hostel in Miraflores. Lanes are superfluous in Peru, as are indicators. Most cars just seem to go wherever they like on the rode and honk furiously when they want to move across. As a result, our first taxi ride was a bit disconcerting. On the plus side, our hostel turned out to be really nice!
The first day in Lima was quite comical, as we both failed to realise that it was a public holiday (may-day) and proceeded to walk for two hours along a not-so-scenic highway to the national museum, which was inevitably closed
Our second day was more successful. We headed into downtown Lima and walked around the historic Plaza de Armas under the ridiculously hot sun. Needless to say, Joe got burnt. We had an interesting tour of the Spanish Inquisition Museum, where we got an insight into the brutal punishments of the time. We also visited the catacombs in the San Francisco Monastery; a slightly eery experience. There were a ton of pigeons outside the monastery, and Joe was furious when one of them defecated on him. The highlight of the day, however, were the Huaca Pucllana ruins. We had a hilarious guide named Jorge, who spoke excellent English and was quite the comedian. He was super intelligent and gave us a real insight into the 400 AD adobe pyramid. Only half of what is left is uncovered, and it will take another 30 years to uncover the rest. Most of the ruins have been taken over by the modern city. When he showed us the guinea pigs they kept, he gave us a hard time for finding them so cute and treating them as pets
Our last day in Lima we spent at the National Museum. We paid 7 soles each for an English guided tour (around $2). Most people think that the Incas were the only native Peruvians, but they are actually only one of many. The Incas were the most recent; however, their culture was only around for a short period of time. It was interesting to discover that there were so many cultures that pre existed and co existed. We saw mummified bodies, ceramics and 1000 year old jewellery. Interestingly they didn't acknowledge gold as a particularly luxurious item. To them, it was on the same par as silver and copper. Then we took a nice walk along the beach cliff-edge and had some amazing fresh lemonade. At lunch, we both had a good laugh when the English menu translated sauteed onions to 'sweaty onions'. At the markets, Joseph bought himself a rip-off t-shirt that says llama instead of puma, which he found quite humorous. Then he got absorbed in the Peruvian supermarket for what seemed like an hour.
Tomorrow we leave for the Inca capital of Cusco. We'll keep you updated!