Braved it in one of the thousands of taxis to downtown Lima. Historic, beautiful yet chaotic! First stop was the Playa Major or central square which was surrounded by incredible buildings. Went to the Cathedral of Lima which was pretty stunning but not as inspiring as the second stop - Monastry of San Francisco. Best thing there were the catacombs where 25,000 bodies were buried. Well, not really buried as such, rather dumped. The tour guide said 25,000, one guide book said 30,000 and another said 75,000 but whichever is right there were a lot. There was one well like pit about 4m across and over 15m deep where bodies were thrown and then layers of lye added to dissolve the flesh. The bones have now been cleaned and laid out which is very eerie as you see hundreds of thigh bones and know every pair comes from a different person. There were even skulls laid out on the steps next to us which creeped Tilly out. Jane was viciously attacked by a ghostly apparition, screamed and then realise it was her own reflection in a mirror.
There were quite a few police with riot shields around which was initially scary but we didn't see any problems so soon grew to ignore them.
It was then lunchtim so we got a taxi back to near our hotel in the Miraflores area by the sea.