South Pacific 2015 – Lima

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Today was the last day on board, we had to be out of our cabins by 8am and off the ship by around 9am. Regent usually arranges for passengers who have long waits for flights to be able to either stay at a hotel or go on a tour. This time it was a tour of Lima and it was probably the best value Regent Tour I have taken. The tour started at 9am and finished around 4:30 / 5pm after showing us the sights of Lima, visiting Miraflores and the Indian Market, the only extra would be lunch.

Our guide was Erika a very knowledgeable lady who spoke English fairly well, the only issue some people had, was that the speakers at the back of the bus were not working very well, which was unfortunate, but did not impact me.

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Our first stop was San Francisco Monastery and Catacombs. Unfortunately photography within the Monastery and Catacombs is banned so was not able to take any photos of the interior which was disappointing as it is an interesting place with a lot of history.

From the Monastery we walked to the Plaza Mayor past the Casa De La Literatura Peruana. When I was in Lima last time the area we walked was being restored and they did a great job. One of my favourite things about Lima are the balconies, the different types of balconies can be traced to different periods of the 17th and 18th centuries, I am glad that there is a push to restore them.

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Our first stop in the Plaza Mayor is Cathedral of Lima. When I was here previously I was on a bike tour around Lima, so did not get to go inside, so glad I got a chance to this time. The next photos are all of the Cathedral and they say a lot more than I could ever write.

After the Cathedral we waited in the Plaza Mayor for the changing of the guard, the only problem is that the guard did not really change, the band came out, a couple of guys marched to the front of the Palacio de Gobierno del Perú but whilst we waited the actual changing of the guard did not occur. Maybe the overslept.

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