Puno - Lima
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
This is the last (official) day of your 11-day Capybara family adventure. In our small bus, we drive about 45 min to the nearby town of Juliaca where we jump on a plane back to Lima.
In Lima, our local guide Nilton (Excursions Lima and Surroundings) picks us up and takes us on a city tour.
About 8 million people live in Lima, a lot of migration happened from the highlands during the time of conflict between government forces and the Maoistic Terror Organization “Shining Path”.
Plaza San Martin
Jose de San Martin, the liberator of Peru
Pedestrian zone with many shops and boutiques...
as well as American influences...
It is no trouble at all to exchange money.
Plaza de Armas
Pizarro's Palace, nowadays the presidential palace...
is heavily guarded.
The Archbishop's Palace
We enjoyed an excellent lunch at Gaston Accurio's restaurant.
San Francisco Monastery
The earthquake-safe catacombs contain an estimated 70,000 burials. Until 1803, the catacombs were the only cemetery in Lima.
Monks sorted the bones of approx. 25,000 people by femur, tibia, skulls, etc.
Nil takes us back to Miraflores for a quiet evening.