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This is one of the oldest churches in Santiago. The couryard in the back is most interesting and it is possible to see a couple of peacocks raoming in the gardens. The church itself is a good example of the churces of the era. When...More
I was a little underwhelmed by this church and a little disappointed that the adjoining museum was closed. This is a very old church that was destroyed in a fire but never regained its previous splendor.
The church was right next to the hotel we stayed and I wanted to be sure to visit the inside while we were there. Unfortunately they were having a service and I felt bad about looking around during a worship service but I knew that...More
This church is fairly large because the visit gives you access to the grounds. There are several rooms with artifacts and art, most of them on the life of Saint Francis of Asisi. Most rooms were a bit dark and took away from the experience,...More
The church goes back to the 16th century and is a very modest looking building from the outside and once inside its very different than other churches with its stacked stone wall construction ...we just happened to walk by it and went in...well worth it.Its...More
Barranco a good option for afternoon/evening layover? (4 Replies)
We've got the typical layover situation. Our flight from Cusco arrives at 13:00 and our flight back to the US leaves at midnight. I've been reading lots of posts here. Most people seem go into the center and see the San Francisco Church, the Plaza des Armas and the Cathedral. Then, many head to Miraflores to shop and eat. I've got a couple questions. We've done tons of European traveling, seen a zillion churches and cathedrals and seen several bone church and/or catacombs type things. Would...More
May 11, 2008|
I think that a visit to downtown Lima is quite nice. Try the mirabus for a tourist bus ride or hire a Calesa which is horse driven. You can also take the bus to Cerro San Francisco for a city overview. Have lunch at the coffee shop right behind the Municipality, called La Bohemia. All kind of simple dishes for a reasonable price. Visit the Larco Herrera Museum, I personally think it is the best in town.
Security tips learned from my last trip to Ecuador (11 Replies)
After posting for a while in this forum I have learned that many of us travellers face one of the most important topics on travelling to this beautiful country which is security and safety. So, I have decided to contribute some tips I have gathered from the last few times I've been there for you fellow TA members: Ecuador does not represent any major hazard than any other developing country, pick-pocketing is more common here than assault and there are some few ways that can get you away...More
May 13, 2010|
Pat: GREAT post. Thanks for taking the time to do this, much appreciated.
Great day in Santiago with Leo Cuzmar! (0 Replies)
We had 10 hours in Santiago before our flight home, and booked a day tour with Leo. From the minute he met us at the airport until the end of the day, he was a perfect gentleman and wonderful tour guide. He has a very comfortable van, speaks English well, and knows Santiago like the back of his hand. Leo made sure he parked the van in safe places and took care of our luggage and backpacks. Everywhere we went in all different parts of the city people recognized Leo, and came over to shake his...More