We flew back to Lima, and the driver we had arranged to pick us up was there to take us to our hotel. How luxurious that felt! Because we had arrived so early we had to wait a few hours. With our luggage stored there we headed out for a bite and try to find a clinic. While aloft Bill experienced a loss of hearing and accompanying pain. It may have been related to his sinus issues that developed while in Cusco, possibly due to the altitude of close to 12,000 feet. Then while flying the pressure change may have impacted his ears. A wax buildup could have also been a factor.
The manager of La Baguette gave us directions to a clinic, Clinica de Esperanza, just a few minutes away by foot. When we got there we couldn’t find it. Outside a funeral parlor some kind people told us how to find it, only it was nowhere close by! Along the way we had to ask another woman and eventually found it. Seeing the number of people in the lobby turned Bill off so back to the hotel we went. This time we took the hypotenuse which was so much faster! Upon returning, waiting another hour, and getting into our room I did some research for an ENT. I asked the receptionist to call for me, which she did, but the doctor wasn’t in that day! We talked about clinics and ended up going back to the one we had just tried. They took Bill’s passport until he was seen and paid the bill, and said the wait would be five minutes or so. Over a half hour later we were called back. After a quick intake a female doctor came and examined him. Everything was fine except a wax build up in his ears. In Peru only a specialist can clean them. She called one next door who said he could see Bill. A nurse took us over there after retrieving the passport. While struggling with the language during the intake a very kind gentleman stopped and helped us with the translation. Turns out he studied business at Harvard! He even got us a discount on the consult and explained we didn’t have to pay the emergency clinic. Wow, unlike the U.S.! Another man was called in to take us to the doctor and translate. The ears were cleaned and checked for other problems. Everything else was fine. He wrote a prescription for a prednisone type medication for three days. The translator then took us to the in-house pharmacy where Bill paid about $11. Another good thing was all along Bill was given preference for being 66. Getting old has some advantages!
Bill still couldn’t hear but by morning his hearing was restored. Feeling better we decided to take a taxi to see some pyramids right in Lima. Sadly, many have been destroyed or damaged until just recently. From limaeasy.com:
The area of today’s Lima City and Province has been already inhabited for many thousands of years. That’s the reason why you will find hundreds of ancient settlements hidden somewhere in Lima and the surroundings. But only around 250 archaeological sites and huacas in the capital are registered with the National Institute of Culture (INC). These ancient historical sites and buildings are spread over the traditional and modern districts of Lima. Explorers and archaeologists rediscovered a few hundreds years back many of these historical monuments, but their findings were until a few years back generally speaking ignored. Unfortunately until today only a few huacas are cared for, preserved, restored or investigated in an appropriate manner. Most of the valuable reminders of Limas rich archaeological and historical past seem to be forgotten. They are neglected, left to deteriorate and exposed to Limas urban expansion. You can find for example residences, small plantations, rubbish, a soccer field or even a garage in an archaeological complex or on top of an ancient temple. So it is not surprising to even see mayor roads literally cutting through a historical complex.
They are not actually of that geometric shape as they have a flat top, a platform. We took a taxi to the first one where we visited the small museum before walking up the ramp. We were appreciative of the restoration but wished we could have seen the original.
As time passed by, new urban and cultural centers arose in the valley and the “Huallamarca” was abandoned as a temple. The population only used the ceremonial complex as a burial ground. In this second phase burials became more elaborate. Funerary bundles with “false heads” were made. The bodies were wrapped in woven cloth and buried with textiles, decorated ceramic pots, gourds, tools, musical instruments, food and other valuable objects.