Day 02 Thursday May 10 – Lima & National Museum

We set our alarm for 7:30 but were both awake at 6:30 despite our short nights rest. We dressed, took care of some organization of the room and met Carl and Janet for breakfast at 8:00. Our hotel serves a breakfast buffet which was quite good. Our choices included eggs, several meats, cheeses, bread and various fruit. Also included, which was kind of strange, was steamed vegetables. The coffee was excellent, thus we had a good start for the day.

After breakfast we had a short while before we met with the entire group for the first time at 10:00AM. Edgar, our leader for the Peru part of our travels, is very organized and had a very nice get acquainted meeting. He also provided us with maps and a detailed itinerary of our next two days in Lima. Our fellow travelers consists of two couples from Illinois, two couples from Iowa {who are not traveling together), one couple from Wisconsin and two sisters, one from New York and one from Virginia. Other than the sisters, the group consists of what we in our community call “active adults”. Ashleigh and Kelley are young enough to be any of our children. Hopefully they will not find us too boring.

image

image

At the end of our meeting Edgar talked about altitude sickness and offered a sample of the native cure. He passed our coca leaves which we chewed and then we finished the meeting with a toast of pisco sours. I told Edgar it was no wonder that I had never heard anything bad about an OAT trip, coca and pisco before 11:00 AM on the first day of the tour!

We then embarked on about a 2 hour walking of the Mia Flora district to get oriented and get a little history and ended with lunch at great restaurant, Vista al mar, where I had the best ceviche I have ever had along with a wonderful pan seared fish.

Our group at lunch

We then boarded an awaiting bus for a city tour which included the National Museum of History, the city plaza and the San Francisco Cathedral Catacombs, which we saw on our visit last year. We still enjoyed seeing it again.

image

Pigeons at San Francisco Plaza, just like last year!

After returning to the Hotel at 6PM, we were again on a bus at 6:45 on our way to dinner. We had an excellent meal and an opportunity to visit and get to know our fellow travelers better. The consensus of the four of us is that it is going to be a very good group. Everyone is interesting and fun to talk with and there seems to be no abrasive personalities.

We are trying to get to bed earlier tonight and tomorrow our group has a free day. We are not going on an optional tour of an archaeological site near Lima because we did it last year. We plan to have a relaxing day sightseeing, window shopping and eating.

Posting the blog is a real challenge from the tablet. Editing and adding photos is very difficult so please excuse me for the limited photographs. Hopefully I can add some when we return. At least we have excellent internet service here which I understand will not be the case everywhere.

Until next time, have a good day.

Advertisements
Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Day 01 Wednesday May 9, 2012 – A day of Airports!!

We arrived at  Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport at 7:45 AM.  Our flight was scheduled to depart at 10:00 AM and we left on time. We couldn’t believe how easy the traffic was.

atlanta airport

Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport

We arrived in Miami at on time at. Noon. We had a leisurely lunch at a Cuban restaurant. Then settled in for a 4.5 hour layover which became 5.5 hours.

Miami International Airport

We finally departed Miami for Lima at 6:45.

Arriving at the Jorge Chavez International Airport at 11:45 and finally reaching our hotel at about 1:30 am, 12:30 local.

Our room in Lima, basic but nice.

It’s late, I’m tired, good night…..

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Ready, Set, GO…..

I should be in bed getting some rest for the long day tomorrow. But after I worked until 7PM then had to finish my packing while trying to make sure I haven’t forgotten to do something or forgot to pack something, I must unwind a bit before the Sandman will visit.

We did receive an email from our Peruvian guide Edgar, which confirmed that he would be at the Lima airport to meet us tomorrow night. Of course this is what was planned, but nevertheless it is certainly reassuring to have it confirmed. It would not be a good start to the trip to be stranded overnight in the Lima Airport.

Peru is in the same time zone as Georgia, but they do not observe Daylight Saving Time. This will work to our advantage since we will actually arrive at 8:30 PM local time but our bodies will feel like 9:30. At any rate, this will give us an extra hour to help catch-up on the sleep lost tonight :).

Well my night-cap is almost finished so I will finish up here. If I get a chance I will try to do a brief update tomorrow, possibly from Miami where we have a 4 1/2 hour layover…. Sleep well everyone, I hope to.

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Almost There……

After almost a year of planning and anticipation, our trip to Machu Picchu and the Galapagos Islands is almost here.  We depart Atlanta  Wednesday on a flight to Lima, Peru via Miami.  Our friends Janet and Carl Wellborn will be traveling with us again.  We are all excited about spending another 16 days in South America.

Our travels on this trip is with OAT, Overseas Adventure Travel.  This is our first trip with this agency but we have talked with many friends who have had a great experience with them.  They specialize in small group travel.  There will be a total of 16 travelers  on this trip.  The four of us will comprise 25% of the party.   This will be a pretty fast pace, intense adventure.  We will be in 6 locations in 16 days with three 1-night stays; three 2- night stays, one – 3 night stay, three nights on a small ship and 2 pre-dawn departures.  There are long drives, two 1.5 hour rail journeys, and 5 internal flights of 1.5 – 3 hours each.  This is in addition to the flights from Atlanta to Lima.  We will be traveling by plane, minibus, train, small ship and inflatable dinghies.  Wow, I guess I shouldn’t’ have written this all down, I’m already tired!

Our basic itinerary is to arrive in Lima Wednesday evening where we will be spending three nights in the Miraflores District  on the coast.  We have some tours with our travel group, but having spent time in Lima last year, we will probably  be doing some things on our own.  We will then be spending 5 days in the Sacred Valley, 2 in Cuzco, 2 in Quito, 3 on a small ship in the Galapagos, one in a hotel in the Galapagos, then back to Quito for one night and on to Atlanta.

The largest challenge is the fact that we are limited to one bag each with a maximum weight of 44 lbs.  In addition we must pack a smaller bag which will be needed during to phases of our travels when we will have to leave our primary luggage at the hotel.

These limitations are especially difficult for me.  I normally carry almost that much weight in cameras, lens, computer, hard drives and accessories….  My ability to post the blog will be a challenge.  Instead of having my laptop, I will be using my tablet.  I have acquired an app to post to WordPress, but it will be much harder than using my laptop.  Also I will have limited ability to edit photos.  At any rate, I plan to attempt posting as often as possible depending on internet availability.

Again, I invite you all to travel with us and hope you enjoy my musings.

Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments