After 21 hours of traveling, we arrived in Lima, Peru. We had to pinch ourselves that we were actually there and this was the beginning of the adventure of a lifetime. Peruvians certainly know how to handle tourism . . .. can’t say enough good about them We were met at the airport and whisked to our hotel, making sure all the paperwork was looked after and given the details about the next day. By then it was about 1:00 a.m. Had a lovely hotel which was part of the Casa Andina Private Collection group and settled in to our new surroundings. Believe it or not, we had to wake up very early as the Olympic Gold Medal final game was on and we HAD to watch it, as this was no ordinary game and CANADA was playing. Very interesting watching it in Spanish, but all that mattered was the scoreboard. After the game we went to a buffet breakfast and leisurely got used to our new surroundings and the welcome heat, considering that it was minus 35C when we left Edmonton at 3:00 a.m. the day before. Decided to prowl around the Miraflores area for a bit before our guided tour began. In that one hour I burned . . .. not like Jamaica, but nevertheless very red and very hot. The back alleys and twists and turns provided photographic vistas everywhere you turned. I do wish we had had longer to explore.
The tour was very personal and took us to the high spots of Lima . … a very old City and very, very large. One should NOT consider driving there . . it is hair raising . .. and lines on the road are a mere suggestion, if not to be totally defied. Not kidding . . . bus mirrors were 1/4 inch from each other and if there is a diagonal spot someone will figure out a way to get into it and in the midst of all that there are motorcycles weaving in and out and pedestrians basically playing Russian Roulette with their lives. Lynn remarked that it was quite comical that I wasn’t freaking out . .. guess I was shell shocked by the whole thing.
In the evening we went to La Rosa Nautica for a delightful evening meal and enjoyed watching the sun set on the Pacific Ocean. This was the first time we tasted Pisco Sours and they are quite refreshing. What a perfect ending to the first full day of the South American Adventure.