10.07.2007 -17 °C
We changed money, sorted our bags and generally relaxed before the intense schedule the next few weeks has installed for us acorss Peru, Bolivia and Brasil...
We had the first a day in Lima by ourselves and decided to catch a taxi into Lima´s main square. The traffic was awful and the car fumes were horrible! We eventually figured out how to get in the Plaza de Armes (entrances were barracaded due to a teaching strike!). The square was very picturesque, with the President´s Palace and one of many cathedrals in Lima being the main focal point.
Plaza de Armes
We walked around for a while before having a tour around Catedral San Francisco. The paintings and architecture were just fantastic and the history was very interesting. We got to walk down into the depths of the catedral into the catacoombs, where and estimated 75,000 bodies lay in huge underground vaults. A large amount of bones are on display and there are some areas they cannot excavate as they have almost become the foundations of the building.
Catedral San Francisco
We met our group that night and went out for a meal. The Leader is Pervian and full of information and local knowledge, he explained the ephasise of using local companies and produces for anything we do... The following day, having met our group we caught the bus to Pisco....and so the journey in Peru begins....