Their brochure advertises three different tours, Cusco, Arequipa and Lima. We took the Lima tour. It advertises to meet at 11.00AM till 11.20AM SHARP!! so OK which is it? 11 or 11.20?
We arrived at 11 and were told to wander around or go to the bathroom at McDonalds.
The guide started speaking at 11.20am. He said we would be heading to down town Lima via the Metro and were to give him 2 sols each and his helper would pay for us all. We then set off at a fairly quick pace. Entered the Metro and all boarded. We got off the Metro where we were told to get off and it was 11.58AM. I know this because we were told that if we wished to see the changing of the guard at the Palace then we would have to hurry as it started at Noon. Now this was OK for people with long legs to hurry but for short legged people we virtually had to run in order to keep up the pace. Upon arrival we discovered that this process of changing took about 30 minutes and the viewing was not that great. We were unable to go into the centre of the Plaza as it was blocked by military as there were protests in the city. The guides waited for more possible people and then split the group into Spanish speaking and English Speaking. He described the square and the buildings surrounding the square and then proceeded to walk to other sites. All museums were closed on Mondays so there were no entrances. We were advised if we wished to see inside St Rose Church then we would have to come back ourselves and look. We went into the the old post office, which used to be a train station and also into Basilica Vera Cruz to look at a skull and then out again. Dashing around the street we were then told we could buy a drink of juice or pop but no milk shakes as there was not time. We then went on a bridge and the dry river bed was explained, after which we went to a museum which of course was not open but we were told we could come back another day. We were then taken to a Pisco tasting (their local drink) and had the different types explained and a small sample. This was about a half hour stop. We were told there was no time to purchase and again, you could come back on your own. I should say that earlier we had several people leave the tour. From the Pisco tasting we headed to the church of San Francisco and here we sat in the sun on the steps while it was explained to us that we could go inside if we wanted and also into the catacombs here but it was not part of the tour. Then the guide went on to explain that this was a free tour but they operated on tips. He then had his assistant go round with a plexi glass box which had a 50 sol note in it which indicated this is what he wanted.
We did not contribute that much and we did not feel the tour was worth it. He then passed around small business cards with a map on the back and explained we were a little OFF the top right hand side of the map and to walk down the street to the left and we would be able to find out way back to the Metro. This was not the case as the streets named on the map were not the ones on the walls.
After this we were advised to give two sols to a stranger at the Metro - one who had a card and ask them to pay for you. A card cost money.
We finally made it back to our starting point and were very disappointed. We felt we had wasted our time with this guide.
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