Lima unleashed

We landed mid this afternoon after a relatively uninteresting flight. The mountain range inland a ways looked pretty cool sticking out of the clouds. We dipped down through the clouds parallell to the range, and sure enough there was a beach and a runway below. Couldn´t really see much carnage from the quake. Some rooftops gone on a bunch of houses, but Claudette figures that they were normal. The epicenter was a little ways out of Lima apparently. We´ll get more info tomorrow.

The Lima airport had free wireless for phone use. Unfortunately I didn´t check or realize this until we were pretty much ready to leave. I´ll have the phone charged up for when we´re back there tomorrow though.

Our arranged ride didn´t show up at the airport and we were hounded by drivers looking for passengers. When we actually decided to take a cab we were (Honestly!) attacked by several cabbies. I specified that I only wanted a station wagon and they continued to fight over us. One driver was being helpful and was carrying the largest bag, but he went past the first station wagon taxi in line and kept on truckín several cars back. A fight nearly ensued, and extra cabbies from the two main companies were getting out of there cars and approaching to support their two different co-workers. In hockey I would have said I was álmost in the middle of a bench clearing brawl. The one guy was loading our bags in to his small station wagon, while the front of the line taxi is loudly arguing and trying to appeal to my sense of fairness, all in VERY loud voices. Claudette just ushered the kids into the backseat and closed the door to escape the melee. Before letting go of the last bag I was adamant about getting a price from the driver. He was playing dumb and saying,¨”yes, Hotel Cassalla, I will take you there” while I´m asking how much. Finally he tells me 65. My best look of shock didn´t deter him and he pulled out the rate “guide” paper showing how much from the airport to our neighborhood. Luckily we had looked at an example chart in the terminal and knew it should be less, (about 50). When I showed him the 51 price on his chart, he replied that no, that was for a small car. I went to unload the still open hatchback of our bags and yelled to Claudette (over top of the other still arguing cabbies) to get the kids out, cause we were going to find a Green Taxi (competeing company) who had a coordinator inside earlier, that would take us for only 50. At the sight of me unloading bags and yelling to Claudette, he siad no, no… of course he would do it for 50. $60 Peruvian Soles is $20 CAN by the way. The tour company will be reimbursing us for the fare as well, since their driver didn´t show up.

After taking a half hour to get setteled in at the hotel, (VERY nice & quaint, with two rooms) we met with our GAP tour leader. We are the only four booked and GAP still ran it, which is pretty cool. So, we get him to ourselves for the next 10 days to Machu P and the jungle tour. We had supper, then some amazing Churros (Costco´s are good, but these were simply AMAZING!) then the other three went back to the hotel. I went in search of a radio Shack to get a USB charger for my portable audio player, since my phone charge doesn´t work for it (even though they have the same connection type???). I´m off back to the hotel a few blocks away now.

One Response to “Lima unleashed”

  1. grandmavi says:

    Sounds just like a scene from the movies
    Love from Pete and Grandma Vi