Trip Start Feb 19, 1992
49Trip End Jun 28, 1992
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It was dirty, people are not nice, and everyone on the street is trying to get a piece of you. Walking with our backpacks to the hotel (mind you we were about 7 people), we had stuff thrown on us so we'll take them off (a known scam, you take off your backpack and someone grabs it and starts running), I was separated from the groups while some punk tried to grab my watch, and right after that another idiot tried to do the same thing.
They got nothing.
I got a few scratches.
-- start rant --
It seems that in Lima, stealing is a sport, and those hypocrites probably go to church every Sunday.
This explains the lack of pictures, I didn't want my camera to be stolen or ripped out of my hands (hopefully without the hand attached).
Overall in South America I found that hypocrisy rules the day. They all consider themselves religious people, but stealing and idol worshipping are done after church.
If you're white you're fair game, and lying is done staring you in the eyes with full sincerity (especially in Peru where lying is an art form).
-- end rant --
We went to the gold museum, which was very nice is considered essential to visit if you ever go to town. I was especially impressed by the Antique Weapons Museum which you'd love if you're into that kind of stuff.
In the morning we were sitting having breakfast in the main square (Plaza Mayor), where a lot of business transactions are done, men and women in business suits are running around, and government buildings are abound.
Suddenly, out of nowhere, someone stops, takes off his pants next to the fountain and takes a dump.
No one paid attention.
The guy just got up, pulled up his pants and continued walking leaving his "official government protest" behind.
That was it for me.
I had to get out of that town, and so did everyone else.
I continued to the Inti Raymi festival in Cuzco, Alon, my travel buddy for the last several months, continued to Ecuador.
Avoid if you can, or do what we did, go for a night to see the gold museum and get to say that say that you were there.