First stop Lima
07.04.2008 - 07.04.2008 24 °C
Awake at 3 Am for 3.30 pick up to Airport .. negotiated security Ok .. and started a fridge magnet collection of the countries I have been to with Chile.
Met up with Steve and Linda from NZ who I had met earlier and were on the same flight, but connecting to a Cuzco flight. Nice to catch up and share experiences, they went on a private Valparaiso tour but unfortunately the guide was really only the driver and spoke limited English, they were really just driven around and told 'get out good photo" with no real explanation unlike our guide on a large tour who gave plenty of information.
Landed in Lima and the drive to the hotel in a plush suburb the holds the golf club and embassies was an eye opener! dranamatic driving tactics .. streams of minibuses picking up locals on the road into the city tooting horns to warn of arrival and lane change. No pedestrians dared walk on a pedestrian crossing as no-one was stopping.
The hotel again seems very well appointed, I wanted a bit of comfort especially in South America where I would struggle with the language and am definitely getting that. Only problem is the national pass time of tooting the horn and a particular road that goes past the hotel is where two traffic flows merge sounds like there are a lot of close calls. Also car alarms of various parked cars seemed to be set with a low tolerance because they were going of with traffic flowing past. so no daytime snooze.
Went for a walk around the emabssy area - but no organised tour. Plenty of that to come.
Had a few Cerveza in the hotel bar and met a couple from Torquay who would probably be in Cuzco at the same time and hotel and a Guy from Vancouver who was a mining engineer who passed on some handy tips for Cuzco etc. He had fond memories of NZ from a trip and also watching NZ win the World Amateur Golf Tournament at his course in Vancouver storming past the yanks after being 7 shots at the start of the final day.