Plaza Mayor in Lima, Peru.

My flight from Madrid in Spain to Lima in Peru was uneventful, but as normal I could not sleep on the plane. After a twelve & a half-hour flight, when my flight landed in Lima I was glad to get off of the plane & to have arrived in Peru.

Lima arrival.

At immigration, I met a Peruvian gentleman who told me my immigration form was incomplete. He would not tell me where it was incomplete and made me go to the back of the queue & fill it in again. After checking with all other passengers it was agreed by my fellow travellers that my immigration form was correct. I swiftly bypassed the idiot, sorry Peruvian gentleman I had previously seen & went straight through with no hassle. It would appear there are idiots in all ports of call in the world, their sole aim it would appear, is to hassle & upset tired travellers.

The next step was baggage reclaim, my bag was first off the conveyor belt so that was a bonus & as I went through to the arrivals lounge I was met by a beautiful Peruvian lady, Rosario, who was to be my tour guide for the next two weeks. Unfortunately, eleven of the fourteen people on my plane, who were also on my tour, had their bags left in Madrid. After waiting another two hours for Peruvian customs to locate their bags in another airport somewhere in South America, we continued to the hotel for a rest before our first included tour this afternoon, a tour of Lima, to be followed, by those who had lost their luggage, a trip back to the airport to collect their it.

In the afternoon we had a tour of Lima visiting the main square or Plaza de Armas. Around the square were the Cathedral of Lima and the Government Palace. I didn't dare ask why but the soldiers around the Government Palace appeared to have guns that were damaged and had wine corks plugging the barrels.

The Monastery of San Francisco is a short walk from the square and we had a look around this building and the catacombs below it. The Monastery was very impressive and has a great library, but I found the catacombs quite dull compared to the huge catacombs I have visited in Rome. The arranged bones made it look very organised and left me wondering if they had been laid out on display just for the tourists.

After a welcome drink in the hotel, where I met the rest of the people on the tour, I went to a local sandwich/burger shop for something to eat before going back to the hotel bar for a few beers. The majority of my fellow travellers had more bad news about their luggage however and eventually had to return to the airport around 00:30 of day 3 to collect their luggage, not returning to the hotel until around 02:30.