The Cathedral

It was late last night when the plane landed in Lima. I was so tired I fell asleep on the car ride to the hotel. I think I may have been sleep walking, but I surely don’t’ remember getting out of the taxi and getting into my bed.

The next day a van picked us up and took us to the center of the city. We walked around for a while, then we went into a cathedral and joined a group of tourists led by a guide who spoke English. She told us that the San Fransico cathedral was built in the 16th century. I had never seen anything like it before. It was AWESOME! Then we went underneath the church. There were these dark and cold tunnels and spaces filled with hundreds and hundreds of human bones organized into types; so one area had a big pile of arm bones, and another had a big pile of skulls and so on.  They were all arranged to form some sort of structure.  This was the creepiest place I have ever seen yet I found it so incredible that all I could think of was taking lots of pictures to show my friends and family at home. Somehow I got separated from the group. I guess I just wandered off taking pictures. When I turned around I realized that I was alone. “Where did everyone go?” – I kept asking myself.

San francisco cathedral at Lima – Peru

I began to search for my friends and for the group but there I was with all these bones, by myself and with no idea how to get out! I walked around for a little while, but the tunnels seemed never-ending. So then I looked up and saw some familiar shoes through a small vent on the ceiling and began to yell: “Hey!!!” I was hoping that one of my friends would recognize my voice and show me how to get out of that creepy place. I kept yelling and luckily my yell was loud enough because the tour guide heard me. She looked down and said “¿Qué pasa?” with a smile. I heard everyone behind her laugh. I didn’t think it was so funny at the time, but looking back it was hilarious!

Bones underground the San Francisco cathedral

She told me what to do to get out of that place. I had to go up these unbelievable spiral steps. The guide said that she would go get the keys that would open the door at the top of the stairs. When I reached the door she was there. I was so happy to finally get out that I gave her a twenty dollars tip! All of a sudden it hit me how cool this place actually was! I was just downstairs in a church with hundreds of bones, beautiful pathways, and a spiral staircase, ALL UNDERGROUND!

Finally, I went looking for the group, but I could not find them anywhere inside the cathedral. I thought that they must have been worried and were probably looking for me. I went outside and to my surprise they were all sitting on the steps in front of the cathedral waiting for me. I told them what had happened to me and they laughed and laughed at the thought of me being down there with all those bones spending the night! I will never forget my experience underground Lima!