Kel: We flew into Lima and met Italian honeymooners on our way to our hotel. The hotel was lovely for our standards but I would have been totally gutted if we were honeymooners like them. They seemed fairly laid back so hopefully they did ok without any nice touches.
Lima gets so much bad press in terms of safety. Their main square which has some pretty impressive architecture (Trafalgar sq equivalent) is untouchable at night. There are serious warnings for no tourists to step foot in that area. Pretty scary eh! We stayed out of town in a nicer suburb, but were permanently on guard. Our flight to the US didn't leave til late the next night so we had 24 hours in the city. We wandered round the square (in daylight), found a shopping centre, watched Star Trek (brilliant), had some fantastic cerviche (local delicacy of raw marinated fish), watched the crazed Peruvian teenage girls cry for The Jonas Brothers who were in town, and then eventually made our way out of town for the airport.
We were sad to say bye to the tiny glimpse of South America we saw. Only by travelling at a pretty fast speed for 6 weeks and covering such a fraction of the continent do you realise how much there is to explore there. Such diverse, mind boggling, beautiful scenery; the most friendly people we've met so far (well the Argentines anyway); some incredible gastronomical wine and food experiences ….. make this a place we'll never forget.
Next stop, US of A.