Trip Start Sep 07, 2011
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However, I did get to Lima safely. I was expecting a real l dump because everyone had slated it. But, it wasn't as bad as I expected. Apart from the smog, it was fine.
I spent a couple of days in a hostel before meeting up with my tour group who I would spend 15 days with and do the Inca trail.
I had been told by a Peruvian that I had to eat ceviche whilst in Lima
Apart from the ceviche, the other memorable thing about Lima is the taxi drivers! They didn't fall asleep, but they were absolutely crazy. To be fair though, choosing to go from the centre of Lima, to our hostel, past the international football stadium, where Peru were due to be playing Paraguy that night, at 5pm on a Friday, probably wasn't the best move! Chelsea (crazy Canadian from my hostel) and I were finally allowed into the 4th taxi we flagged down and what should have been a 15 minute journey turned into one that lasted almost an hour. And it wasn't for the driver's desire go to quickly, because believe me, when he had any chance he was driving like a rally driver, swerving in and out of lanes, cutting up lorries, buses and anything else in the way! Worryingly, my seatbelt didn't work, so I sat in the middle of the car, hoping (rather naively) that any impacts wouldn't reach me there, clinging onto the seat in front!
Off I went to my hotel to join my G Adventures tour
The next day before heading off to Nazca, we went to a tiny food market and ate local food - ceviche for most, but fish and mashed potato for me - the ceviche was the better choice. Mine was ok, but a little bland.