First REAL day in Peru!

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06: Front view of the El Tambo hostel in Lima. Our window was the top left. :)

Thursday 21 Feb, 2008

Finally at the hostel “El Tambo” in room #305. The local time is 3:00am! (midnight SeaTime) Whoa! I just took a shower and got confused at first... C=caliente; F=frio. Our luggage took forever at the airport... Chris got the “red light” but Gloria and I zoomed through. We met with Claudia and her dad (kisses on the cheek!) and drove through the MAZE of Lima... probably 20-30 minutes to our hotel.
Git it Girl!!

3:09 am local


Wow, what a crazy day! We're finally back at the hostel, and my feet are very tired. We got up about 9am and had breakfast here. We met up with Claudia and Sixto (her father) and we were headed off to our big tour of Lima! The roads and traffic here are very interesting!! Pedestrians walk whenever they want.
08: The bathrooms at Pachacamac were much like those all over Peru. No toilet paper, and a small waste basket for the used paper (gotta bring your own!)
There are vendors selling anything ALL over the city, including the roads! Things on the road like stop signs and the “dashes” between lanes are more like suggestions than rules! The roads seem to intersect in all sorts of odd ways. People turn across multiple lanes of traffic! Oh yes, and everyone honks if they get anywhere near (even if by slowing) another car, pedestrians, or whatever. Sixto was driving us around all day (what a trooper!) and I was getting a bit of motion sickness due to the crazy manner in which it's necessary to drive here!! Our first stop was Pachacamac... ruins located on the outskirts of Lima. On the way we passed an island where the Presidente has a house.
30: another area of the Pachacamac ruins... this was the convent/monestary. Men were not allowed!
The adult entrance price for Pachacamac was S/. 5.60. The ruins were very interesting. Claudia said all the rocks were original and they were very colorful! I even found a rock with my initials engraved!! The big structure on the hill overlooked the ocean and was probably like a “defensive lookout” structure. Oh! and before we got started I used their bathroom... NO T.P!!! (just like Mike said!) It also seems they don't flush it cause every stall has little cans with what appeared to be used T.P! So... I guess we're not supposed to flush the paper?!  We saw another structure at Pachacamac which was made especially for women. Any man who tried to enter was killed and so was his family and neighborhood! *whoa!* Even the male guards were castrated!
After all that we headed to the beach in the Costa Verde area of Lima.
35: My first plate at Rustica: 1) mango, 2) choclo, 3) solterito, 4) ceviche, 5) seco de res.
We had a FABULOUS buffet lunch at Rustica. All the food was delicious and exotic, and I tried a lot of it!! They have over 100 dishes to choose from, and they come from countries such as Spain, Italy, of course Peru, China, Argentina, and Japan. The cost of the buffet is S/. 49.00 including beverages.

drink: chicha morada, tastes like sweet berry tea... but it's made from purple corn!
coffee pronounced like “chanchamayo” from Peruvian jungle! YUM! <---this coffee is DELICIOUS!!
Note: I'm not sure if all the food was labeled properly... I wrote what was on the card next to the serving dish. :) [thank you Yadi for the corrections!]

When we were sufficiently stuffed, we decided to walk around the beach for a while and take photos. The waves were HUGE! Many kids were digging large holes or burying themselves.
73: The boys in the band! :)
Food vendors were all over the place! There were a lot of people and the weather was nice (28 degrees celcius = 82.4 degrees Fahrenheit) and humid. I only brought one tank top and I was sweating most of the day! Oh, and in many places in the city I saw stray dogs! After the beach we headed to an area called Barranco where we saw a beautiful church, saw a few musicians, took some cute group photos and saw another view of the beach. One interesting thing about Lima is the architecture! It's very random! There's some Spanish influences, then there's completely run-down places, and some structures are painted in vibrant colors! Most of the doors, whether commercial or residential, had barred-gate style doors like in San Francisco. Most businesses have someone standing directly in the door to meet (or whatever else) the customers.
88: Fuente Laberinto del Ensueño is cool!! I was not prepared to go in. Maybe next time!
I saw a lot of guards/police in all areas of the city... keeping things orderly. I even saw one on a “tower!” After the Barranco area, we headed to a place called Circuito MĂĄgico del Agua of the Parque de la Reserva. [If I remember correctly, I think the cost to get in was only S/. 4] On the way here we saw the very colorful sunset! The park has 13 fountains, all with different themes, types of shooting water, music and/or lighting. I think we only saw 6 of the fountains, but they were still really cool! The “fuente laberinto del ensueño” is a circular fountain where anyone could get in and enjoy the randomness of all the jets of water! It was fun to watch all the screaming kids! Another very spectacular fountain was the “fuente de la fantasia” which had ALL kinds of criss-crossing jets, integrated music and video, lazers and goodies! The park was very packed with people and the “security” people kept getting upset with Chris that he had a tripod.
117: another view of the middle fountain!
Something about “no professional equipment.” It was very nice and after this we headed to dinner at Pardo's where we had pollo y fritas. It was all very good and moist and delicious. After our tummies were full we ran across the street to the market for some water and fruit. Our last stop of the evening was the Plaza de Armas. This “park” with a fountain in the middle was surrounded on all sides by beautiful buildings! One was a church. Another was a military complex with armed guards. I don't know what the other buildings were... but they were certainly gorgeous! Our evening wouldn't be complete without the stress of finding out that all Cusco transportation is on STRIKE?!?! After a few hours of debates, phone calls, checking Internet and figuring out Plan B... we finally got a flight to Cuzco a few hours later than the original. As I like to say... things always work themselves out! Time for bed!! :-}

2:18am local

Note: On this day alone, I shot 436 photos!! No wonder it took me so long to go through and pick out the good ones! ;)

yadilitta says:
I'm so glad, you enjoyed Peru although the changes of plans, hahaha. Everything was part of the adventure ;)
Posted on: Mar 18, 2008
Wendyveer says:
Looks great girl...I realy want to vised this country one day!
Posted on: Mar 18, 2008
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06: Front view of the El Tambo hos…
06: Front view of the El Tambo ho…
08: The bathrooms at Pachacamac we…
08: The bathrooms at Pachacamac w…
30: another area of the Pachacamac…
30: another area of the Pachacama…
35: My first plate at Rustica: 1) …
35: My first plate at Rustica: 1)…
73: The boys in the band! :)
73: The boys in the band! :)
88: Fuente Laberinto del Ensueño …
88: Fuente Laberinto del Ensueño…
117: another view of the middle fo…
117: another view of the middle f…
01: A colorful shop across the str…
01: A colorful shop across the st…
02: The view from the roof of our …
02: The view from the roof of our…
03: El Tambo has 4 floors and an a…
03: El Tambo has 4 floors and an …
04: The view down the stairwell at…
04: The view down the stairwell a…
05: Our first continental breakfas…
05: Our first continental breakfa…
07: Heres something new! A drive-…
07: Here's something new! A drive…
09: The gift shop area at Pachacam…
09: The gift shop area at Pachaca…
10: The guide map for Pachacamac. …
10: The guide map for Pachacamac.…
11: All the stones that make up Pa…
11: All the stones that make up P…
12: the ruins of Pachacamac, with …
12: the ruins of Pachacamac, with…
13: A view of the large defensive…
13: A view of the large "defensiv…
14: A close up view of one of the …
14: A close up view of one of the…
15: parts of Pachacamac are mounds…
15: parts of Pachacamac are mound…
16: the sea-side of Pachacamac, wi…
16: the sea-side of Pachacamac, w…
17: a bull fighting ring below Pac…
17: a bull fighting ring below Pa…
18: Gloria and Chris atop some ste…
18: Gloria and Chris atop some st…
19: Gloria and Chris - zoomed in!
19: Gloria and Chris - zoomed in!
20: the front, ocean-side of Pac…
20: the "front," ocean-side of Pa…
21: These were some comfy LookOut …
21: These were some comfy LookOut…
22: Claudia leads Gloria and Chris…
22: Claudia leads Gloria and Chri…
23: another view of Pachacamac... …
23: another view of Pachacamac...…
24: large rock piles at Pachacamac…
24: large rock piles at Pachacama…
25: Gloria, Chris and Claudia walk…
25: Gloria, Chris and Claudia wal…
26: its amazing to think these ro…
26: it's amazing to think these r…
27: one of the very tall walls tha…
27: one of the very tall walls th…
28: I found my initials engraved i…
28: I found my initials engraved …
29: a purple-ized view of the de…
29: a "purple-ized" view of the d…
31: the womens convent. The male …
31: the women's convent. The male…
32: the restaurant Rustica with co…
32: the restaurant Rustica with c…
33: the many choices in the Rustic…
33: the many choices in the Rusti…
34: we were first introduced to th…
34: we were first introduced to t…
36: My 2nd plate at Rustica: 1) al…
36: My 2nd plate at Rustica: 1) a…
37: me, Chris, Claudia, Gloria and…
37: me, Chris, Claudia, Gloria an…
38: My third plate at Rustica: 1) …
38: My third plate at Rustica: 1)…
39: Finally, my dessert plate (top…
39: Finally, my dessert plate (to…
40: We are the PowerPuff girls of …
40: We are the PowerPuff girls of…
41: a cool indigenous-style doll a…
41: a cool indigenous-style doll …
42: Sixto, Gloria, Chris and Claud…
42: Sixto, Gloria, Chris and Clau…
43: hmm... this doesnt look like …
43: hmm... this doesn't look like…
44: the busy beach at the Costa Ve…
44: the busy beach at the Costa V…
45: yay! volleyball! :)
45: yay! volleyball! :)
46: Gloria and I love it here! So …
46: Gloria and I love it here! So…
47: kids getting pummeled by some …
47: kids getting pummeled by some…
48: whoa... that was just ONE wave…
48: whoa... that was just ONE wav…
49: a young boy running away from …
49: a young boy running away from…
50: an adorable young boy, fast as…
50: an adorable young boy, fast a…
51: surfs up!!
51: surf's up!!
52: some of the cool seaweed and o…
52: some of the cool seaweed and …
53: catching the wave...
53: catching the wave...
54: ...and riding it all the way!
54: ...and riding it all the way!
55: a view of the beach from a roc…
55: a view of the beach from a ro…
56: one of the favorite things for…
56: one of the favorite things fo…
57: a few guys having trouble keep…
57: a few guys having trouble kee…
58: some of the cute kids in the s…
58: some of the cute kids in the …
59: too funny... girls in a POOL a…
59: too funny... girls in a POOL …
60: BUMS laying in the sand!! ;)
60: BUMS laying in the sand!! ;)
61: Chris borrowed one of the Coke…
61: Chris borrowed one of the Cok…
62: a really pretty building!
62: a really pretty building!
63: some of the square architect…
63: some of the "square" architec…
64: one of the larger buses we saw…
64: one of the larger buses we sa…
65: a beautiful orange church in t…
65: a beautiful orange church in …
66: on an angle! :-D
66: on an angle! :-D
67: the front of the church in fis…
67: the front of the church in fi…
68: inside the Barranco church... …
68: inside the Barranco church...…
69: sideways view of the inside gu…
69: sideways view of the inside g…
70: the square across from the bea…
70: the square across from the be…
71: Some guys playing music on a b…
71: Some guys playing music on a …
72: These women are selling bead n…
72: These women are selling bead …
74: The ladies are trying to sell …
74: The ladies are trying to sell…
75: this is the plant that grows t…
75: this is the plant that grows …
76: another cool church in Barranc…
76: another cool church in Barran…
77: A view of the beach from Barra…
77: A view of the beach from Barr…
78: STAIRS!! yep, they are everywh…
78: STAIRS!! yep, they are everyw…
79: I really liked this window. :)
79: I really liked this window. :)
80: Chris and a cool blue wall he …
80: Chris and a cool blue wall he…
81: Cool fountains at Circuito Mag…
81: Cool fountains at Circuito Ma…
82: This fountain was called the F…
82: This fountain was called the …
83: This is the far away view of F…
83: This is the far away view of …
84: The Fuente Laberinto del Ensue…
84: The Fuente Laberinto del Ensu…
85: Fuente Laberinto del Ensueño.…
85: Fuente Laberinto del Ensueño…
86: Fuente Laberinto del Ensueño …
86: Fuente Laberinto del Ensueño…
87: Fuente Laberinto del Ensueño
87: Fuente Laberinto del Ensueño
89: everyone has a good time at Fu…
89: everyone has a good time at F…
90: I love this cute girl blocking…
90: I love this cute girl blockin…
91: the Fuente de la FantasĂ­a was…
91: the Fuente de la FantasĂ­a wa…
92: kinda hard to tell, but there…
92: kinda hard to tell, but there…
93: crazy jets of water of Fuente …
93: crazy jets of water of Fuente…
94: cool lazers and lights of Fuen…
94: cool lazers and lights of Fue…
95: it looked cool when the lazers…
95: it looked cool when the lazer…
96: the Fuente de la FantasĂ­a sho…
96: the Fuente de la FantasĂ­a sh…
97: the Fuente de la FantasĂ­a sho…
97: the Fuente de la FantasĂ­a sh…
98: lots of interesting stuff at F…
98: lots of interesting stuff at …
99: the Fuente TĂșnel de las Sorpr…
99: the Fuente TĂșnel de las Sorp…
100: the Fuente TĂșnel de las Sorp…
100: the Fuente TĂșnel de las Sor…
101: another view of the Fuente de…
101: another view of the Fuente d…
102: the Fuente MĂĄgica was pretty…
102: the Fuente MĂĄgica was prett…
103: after the fountains we went t…
103: after the fountains we went …
104: pollo y fritas for dinner ton…
104: pollo y fritas for dinner to…
105: we visited the grocery store.…
105: we visited the grocery store…
106: the cathedral at the Plaza de…
106: the cathedral at the Plaza d…
107: a pretty painting of a local …
107: a pretty painting of a local…
108: some of the interesting archi…
108: some of the interesting arch…
109: Another cool building at the …
109: Another cool building at the…
110: closer view of the cathedral
110: closer view of the cathedral
111: front and center view of the …
111: front and center view of the…
112: another fun view of the cathe…
112: another fun view of the cath…
113: one of the other beautiful bu…
113: one of the other beautiful b…
114: another part of the cathedral…
114: another part of the cathedra…
115: the fun fountain in the middl…
115: the fun fountain in the midd…
116: the Government building at th…
116: the Government building at t…
118: one of the ASSAULT vehicles g…
118: one of the ASSAULT vehicles …
119: a fun, crazy view of the Plaz…
119: a fun, crazy view of the Pla…
120: the city of Lima is... I do…
120: "the city of Lima is..." I d…
121: another fun sign by the Plaza…
121: another fun sign by the Plaz…
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