Every good field trip includes lunch so we went to Palachinke, Sam's favorite restaurant in the world. He always gets a nutella panqueque (crepe) the same size as the one on Finn's plate. You wouldn't think he could finish it but he is always the first one done and that includes half a side of bacon. The waiter, Mattias, remembers us from past visits so we already have a regular haunt.
We went to a chocolate "museum" where we learned about chocolate from tree to bar. The young man in the photo was quite charming and informative. It's interesting how much emphasis is put on sustainability and stewardship here.
The highlight of the experience was taking melted chocolate and pouring it into a mold with favorite additives--gummy bears, marshmallows and various other things to ruin good chocolate. You can see how attentive the boys are.
Today we toured the Fortaleza de Real Felipe in Callao which is the northernmost municipality in Lima proper, though Lima seems to continue well past its city limit. It is quite an imposing structure, one of the largest such the Spanish built. Lots of gold and even more silver was mined in the Andes and brought here for safeguarding until the galleons were ready for transport to Acapulco and then to the Philippines for trade with China. (This trade is very well described in Charles C. Mann's 1493). Sir Francis Drake made two of his most lucrative hauls north of Lima on his circumnavigation. He is less well regarded here than he was in the more England-centric history books I was brought up on.