We flew into Lima, Peru, met our guide and went immediately to the hotel and a good night’s sleep on dry land. It was a little weird to not be rocking and rolling all night!
In the morning we ate at the hotel restaurant, and one of the first things I noticed was the hooks underneath the table where you could secure your purse. We had been warned that you really had to watch your belongings in the city, but to have it be such a problem that they devised the hooks was a little disconcerting!
Our morning was spent on a bus tour of the city. We thought that going to Peru after the Galapagos would be kind of anti-climactic, and Lima was pretty much was exhibit A. It is a pretty typical large, crowded, poor city with an obvious burglary problem. There were bars on most doors and windows and odd deterrents to entry.
There was a pretty big police presence everywhere.
But looking more closely, there were lots of interesting things to photograph.
Then it was off to the airport again and a quick flight to Cusco and bus ride to the Sacred Valley. Little did we know that we were about to get a completely different perspective on Peru.