Day 2 – Open top tour bus around Lima

I woke up reasonably early around 7am after a decent night’s sleep (fingers crossed there’s no jet lag). The free breakfast consisted of bread rolls with jam and butter washed down with tea or coffee. For a free breakfast John was very impressed! After breakfast, we decided to get on an open tour bus around Lima. We only have one full day here so this was probably the easiest option to see as much of the city as we could. We sat on the top…of course. Heading into town we saw a lot of sights but what stuck in my mind was how polluted the city was. The city was very smoggy and to be honest, I wasn’t that impressed. Each breath that I took, I could feel all the fumes and smog seeping into my lungs. We got dropped off in the heart of the city and walked around the Church of San Francisco and visited the crypt underneath the church with hundreds of skeletons. We stayed in the centre for most of the day. At lunch, we went to a restaurant and decided to go for a set lunch. The only word I recognised on the menu was “pollo” (chicken). The helpful waiter spoke no english at all. So when it came down to ordering, we just pointed at a starter and mains each. So it turned out that John had ordered some king of avocado starter drizzled with mayonnaise and a chicken and rice mains, whilst I ordered a mains of chicken leg and tomato pasta. They were massive portions and I couldn’t finish mine. After lunch, we watched the changing of the guards. Afterwards, we went to a local market and then got back on the afternoon bus to the hostel. We ate in a local restaurant in the evening and had a stroll round the park at night.

Church of San Francisco

Skulls in the crypt underneath the Church of San Francisco

John’s avocado starter. The first of many meals!

And the first of many markets.

About Julia Chan

I’m Julia and I've just returned from the adventure of my life. I went travelling around South America, the South Pacific and South East Asia for 12 months, and I'd do it all over again if I could! Julia on Google+
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