16.10.2016 - 16.10.2016
Although the tour does not officially begin until 7:00 p.m. this evening, we have met some of our fellow travellers. This morning we met May and Marietta and after some coffee, we decided to join them for the first part of the day.
For the last two days Don and I have many runners, I mentioned to Don that I have seen as many runners in Lima as I have seen along the sea wall in Vancouver. Well, it turns out that there was a race this morning. Several runners went past our hotel and as when we went outside, we realized Araquipa Ave was closed to vehicle traffic and security guards were standing at all the intersections. None of the runners wore race bibs and most were carrying water bottles, so I'm not sure exactly what type of race it was. As we got closer to the city centre we noticed that children and disabled people were also participating. It was lots of fun to cheer for everyone as we walked along the road to catch the city bus downtown.
Marietta and May had already taken the bus, but because Araquipa Ave was closed to traffic, we had to walk for several blocks to catch the bus. The fare to ride the bus was about 40 cents.
Our destination was the cathedral of San Francisco and the catacombs. Don and I have felt very safe while in Miraflores and Barracon, but May and Marietta reiterated the warnings we had been given to be very careful when we among crowds of people, as we would be around the cathedral.
Going back to the historic area of Lima gave us another chance to explore the area we had seen on the tour bus, and to see the square and old buildings in daylight.
The tour of the catacombs cost about $3.30 each. Our English speaking guide gave us lots of information about the history of the Lima, the cathedral and the catacombs. Several times she mentioned damage that two earthquakes had caused and I confess I was a bit nervous walking through the catacombs. The guide reassured everyone that the catacombs are the foundation of the cathedral and have never had any damage from an earthquake.
After the tour we headed back to the hotel. We stopped at a market and bought a few things. Braden, I purchased a pair of socks, hopefully they will keep my feet warm when we're on the trail.