|Posted by Gary & Lynette Landy on November 6, 2012 at 6:55 PM|
After experiencing temperatures around 30C whilst in Santiago it was a slight shock to be back around 20C here in Lima, so no tanning was gotten today whilst touring the Ruins etc.
Interestingly, we understand that Lima only has an annual rainfall of between 3 - 5mm per year. As you would expect with very little rainfall it is very dry & dusty here.
We began our day here in Lima at 8:15am, meeting our Tour Manager in the hotel lobby & were arranged into groups for our tours of Lima for the day. Scenic offer "free choice" tours in a couple of places during our South American experience & Lima was one of these free choices. Prior to departing Australia we had chosen to do the day tour that included the Huaca Huallamarca Ruins, which is Inca ruins that have been excavated right in the city (walking distance from our hotel). These ruins were amazing to see being that they were Inca Temples & burial sites. Unlike Egyptian Temples & Pyramids these have flat roofs. The reason behind this apparently is that the Incas held important ceremonies & prayed to the Gods up there as they saw this as being closer to their Gods & more advantageous.
After the Ruins we proceeded into Lima central for a brief tour of the City. We were fortunate in that the tour included seeing a changing of the guard at the Presidential Palace....the "goose stepping" was amazing to see!
After a 30 minute delay caused by 2 of our group who didn't listen (their words) to our guides instructions about where & what time to meet we were then taken to a private Museum to see items unearthed from tombs & other excavations in Peru which date back well before the Incas to 3000BC. The symbolism in the items recovered & there representations to their Gods, the Earth etc were beyond belief. After touring the museum, which for a private collection was massive, we were provided with a typical Peruvian lunch & the local alcoholic drink......Pisco Sour (a high alcohol spirit drink made from grapes).
Now it was back to the hotel for a siesta before the welcome cocktail party at 6:30pm. It won't be a late night, as we have an early start tomorrow morning as we depart the hotel at 7:30am for Lima airport to fly to Cuzco & then a bus ride to the Sacred Valley for 3 days of acclimatisation at high altitude before our train ride to Machu Picchu.
Categories: 2012 - South America