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Lima

overcast 15 °C

Another early start for 10hr drive, got pulled over by the cops at one point and from his tone he wasn't a happy chappy apparently pointing to a few irregularities, like the trucks lights weren't on, which is a law here to have them on at all times, even on a sunny day like today a 1pm. The guides were both over at the cop car and managed to talk their way out of it but I will get the scope later as I believe bribes were in the equation someplace.

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Arrived late afternoon, had dinner and to bed for a day of sightseeing in Lima tomorrow. Wondered around Lima the next morning in the Old Town area admiring the architecture, checked out a few churches (from the outside) and the palace, where we watched the changing of the guard and then headed of to Iglesia San Francisco to check out there church and the catacombs. The church itself was quite interesting with
a lot of quality woodwork throughout,some destroyed by earthquakes but still a lot of original stuff there. Also there was an awesome library, with all original books still of the shelves, which is unfortunate as they are all exposed to the elements and wasting away, but design of it was really cool. Then we went into the catacombs of it to see the bones (mostly femurs and few skulls were left), there are apparently 2 more levels
under the first level we were on that have still to be exposed so who knows what is down there. The catacombs here were not as impressive as those in Paris but was still interesting being under a church and seeing it in perspective.

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After seeing dead people we traveled by local bus (assisted by some random American/Peruvian women who saw our confused faces at the ticket machine) to Lacomor (sp?), a shopping centre built into the cliff face along the shore line, had lunch here while watching para-gliders drifting past a few meters above our heads before sailing to the beaches below. Also checked out the local Indian Markets and picked up my Peruvian Football shirt to add to my collection of 2 now.

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Quite night tonight as early morning wake up tomorrow to travel to some islands and ending up in the dessert for
a night under the stars.

Posted by Tony's Travels 18:48 Archived in Peru

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