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Aug 16, 2018 - Gamarra the textile district.

Off after breakfast to change some US$ to soles. There is a money changer around the corner from our Hotel but he is not open yet, so we continue on to Parque Kennedy. We are hoping to remember this area from when we were in Lima in 2004. In actual fact, nothing seems familiar at all. We remember the square and restaurants but the rest ?. We exchange some money at a bank so at least we have some Peruvian cash. Then we choose one of the restaurants for a coffee and to people watch for a while. Miraflores is an affluent part of Lima with nice...

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Aug 15, 2018 - Happy 60th Birthday

Happy Birthday to me!!! 60 I can't believe it. A lie in this morning and a leisurely breakfast. Hotel Manaquehue is average. Targeted to the business traveller but okay as it is close to the airport. At breakfast I get a lovely video message from the kids wishing me a Happy Birthday. Very special!!! We catch the airport shuttle to the airport at 12noon (checkout time) for only US$5ea and arrive in plenty of time for our 3.10 flight to Lima. We are told gate 14 but on checking the board, the flight is delayed till 4.20. The gate for...

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Jul 29, 2018 - Days 11

A late flight 7.10pm for our flight to Lima, we have 2 nights here, our first morning we went for a short walk the after lunch a half day tour of the city. South America is a very Catholic country so there are lots of highly decorated church's, lots of gold. We visited a fountain that had Pisco instead of water, Pisco is an alcoholic drink that South Americans drink, it is best served as Pisco sour, I've got the recipe hope they sell Pisco in Melbourne. Not sure I would drink from thevfountain though, too many pigeons sitting on it for my...

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May 6, 2018 - May 6, 2018 – Lima, Peru

May 6, 2018 – Lima, Peru After 2 pisco sours last night, I slept like a log. I repacked my suitcases again as the pisco which I had bought early on in the trip was here at the hotel. Roberto and Walter had brought it back when they left us at Nazca. I went to breakfast about 8 and met up with Richard, Susan, Coleen, Gerhard, Robert and Diane. Robert and Diane will leave tomorrow to go to the Amazon for 4 days. Richard, Susan, Coleen and Gerhard are on the same flight to Houston that I am on. Since I had booked a day room for today, they...

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May 5, 2018 - May 5, 2018 – Puno to Lima, Peru

May 5, 2018 – Puno to Lima, Peru We did not have to get up at the crack of dawn this morning as we didn’t leave the hotel until 10:20. We met, however, at 10 a.m. to celebrate Donna’s birthday. Cheo had gotten a cake for her with one candle on it (smart fellow). It was a really good Black Forest one. After that we headed out to the airport. Puno is so hilly that we had to drive for an hour outside of Puno to reach the airport. When we got there we got checked in for our 1:30 flight. The airport is a fairly small one, and there weren’t many...

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Apr 22, 2018 - April 22, 2018 – Lima, Peru

April 22, 2018 – Lima, Peru I was awoken this morning by a couple of Americans who were talking and laughing loudly. Since the rooms open on a courtyard and since the windows are all open, I could hear everything they were saying. After they finally quit about 6:30, a couple started up in Spanish. I just decided to get up and be done with it. I had breakfast at the hotel and then came back to the room and repacked my suitcase. I brought an extra suitcase so am leaving some things here at the hotel so I don’t have to carry them with me....

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Apr 21, 2018 - April 21, 2018 – Lima, Peru

April 21, 2018 – Lima, Peru It is another beautiful day. I had a late breakfast and then spent the morning just being lazy and getting caught up on my email. This afternoon, I was picked up at 3:30 for my tour of the Museo Arqueologico Rafael Larco Herrera (Larco Museum) and the Circuito Magico del Agua or Magic Water Park. I signed up for a group tour, but I was the only one so I had a private tour. My tour guide had worked at the Larco Museum for 8 years before becoming a tour guide so I had a really great tour of the Museum. The Museum...

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Apr 20, 2018 - April 20, 2018 – Lima, Peru

April 20, 2018 – Lima, Peru This morning I took a city tour of Lima. To catch the bus, I had to go to the Larco Mar which is a shopping center built on a bluff overlooking the Pacific. I took a taxi from the hotel to the center. The tour bus was a double decker bus, and I was able to ride on the top deck. Unlike the bus in Quito which had windows but no roof (that is until we went under some low overpasses when they activated a sliding roof), this bus had no windows so you could get good pictures. It also had a sliding roof which could be...

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Apr 19, 2018 - April 19, 2018 – Quito, Ecuador to Lima, Peru

April 19, 2018 – Quito, Ecuador to Lima, Peru I spent a quiet morning at the Hilton Colon by repacking my suitcase and reading. I checked out at noon which is the checkout time and spent the next 2.5 hours sitting in the lobby reading. I had the bellman put my suitcase and backpack in temporary storage so that I wouldn’t have to bother with them until I was ready to leave. At 2:45, I got my suitcases and was standing by the door waiting for the G Adventures arranged taxi to the airport. Glen and Libby were just getting out of a taxi. They...

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Feb 11, 2018 - Paracas by the sea and our Mexican evening

Here’s a thing. What happens when you put suncream on and then change your shirt and shorts and go out on a bike without remembering that there are exposed parts without suncream on? Answer you get red knees and arms boooo. Fortunately you do not look like someone who still has the outline of her swimming costume showing even when she has taken it off. Obviously no names mentioned. So last night we had the long awaited Mexican evening. They had set up drinks bar, food bars and everyone serving were dressed up in what I assume were typical...

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Feb 9, 2018 - Thursday 8th Lima with a half day tour.

Well here we are in the Capital city of Peru, Lima. Dave and Irene had arrived there originally from the UK. Had a swift breakfast and was greeted by our guide Sonia. She had plenty of knowledge and understanding but as we had heard the Pre Inca, Inca and Spanish eras it was very difficult to remain engaged. It was further strained when it appeared that the City tour was being conducted at speed and without photo stop opportunities due to traffic and time constraints. This clearly was not on but after a few poorly chosen stops for...

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Feb 8, 2018 - Back to Lima for sun sea and stuff?

Today we woke at a sensible time 7 and then showered in nice water, shaved for th first time in five days- Irene is pleased to see this. The hotel is a Marriott and is really good quality in terms of facilities. Shame we are not here long enough to use them. But using as many as possible I treated my bites and wandered down to breakfast to have a nice quiet time. Ran round to the local launderette with two big bags of rather smelly clothes and then left to see the city. More to come as the bar is calling and the photos have not uploaded...

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