12.10.2007 - 14.10.2007
Hi guys and girls,
Im here, im safe but im very very tired.
The flights were LONG!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am still so tired. My body clock is all mixed up so I got to my hotel in Lima at 1am and couldn't sleep until 3.30am. I got up at 9.30am and just had breakfast. I was so hungry. My flight from Sydney was delayed for 2 hours which in a way was a good thing because it made less waiting time at Buenos Aires. What a weird airport. Everyone smokes in the terminal and there is no money exchange or Internet cafe in transfers without going through immigration so I could do nothing but wait the 5 hours until the Lima flight came in. I couldn't even get a coffee because I had no pesos. The flight coming in however was long and tiring, I slept on and off in half an hour stints but when sunrise came, we were flying over Patagonia. That's the southern alps just off Antarctica. Man what a view, I took a few pictures, it took my breath away. Just for as long as you could see there was these ice covered mountains and it did really look like you were on another planet.
Not real impressed with Aerolineas Argentinas. My Spanish is shocking, I'm lucky if I can pick u´p a single word in a whole sentence and they do not like speaking in English. I was luck at BA Airport though that because I greeted the guy in transit in Spanish. he knew straight away that I some English and switched so he was fine and helpful in getting my connecting flight.
I still need sleep so after this will go back upstairs and get a few hours. Its 10.48am here and I am going to spend the next few days doing a few tours of Lima. At 2.30pm here I am doing a 3.5 hour tour of Historic Lima that takes in Ancestral Lima, Colonial Lima and contemporary Lima, I guess that's from old to new. I have no Peruvian money yet neither so have to try find some. The airport transfer had 3 other Aussies on it but they are all doing different tours. 2 of the guys had been waiting for my flight for 2 hours so got picked up at like 10.30pm and had to wait around. They were annoyed because their tour started at 6am the following day so they were not going to get any sleep. There was also another girl on my flight in the airport pickup but once we got picked up we were on our way.
Lima is a real scary looking place at night. The girl in my airport bus said it reminded her of when she was in Africa, you don't walk the streets here at night if your a tourist. Doing the day its kind of interesting, I mean I have not left my motel but the noise, the cars are all dented and don't stop at intersections, they just honk before they get to it. There are dogs everywhere walking across the streets and there is construction everywhere, no cranes, no scaffoliding no safety equipment.
My hotel is real nice and the bed was fantastic after 33 hours in transit. The shower was hot and all up, its a great hotel with friendly staff. They take US dollars which is helpful for me.
I have 3 days here before my tour starts. My plan is to do the city tour today. Then a Lima by night tour tonight which includes dinner and a show. Then a day tour tomorrow which includes a lunch and also The Pachacmac and museums of Lima. The Pachacmac is a sacred citadel with shrines and was built dating back to the beginnings of Christianity where pilgrims came to pay tribute to the deity the Pachacmac oracle.
Anyway thats long enough for my first entry. See you guys soon.