The ship and guides all remind passengers that the port of Callao is dangerous and it looked seedy from the bus window. We took a tour to the pyramids on the outskirts of Lima, to the special horses bred by the conquistadors to ride without swaying which were demonstrated in a Hacienda about 1 and 1/2 hours south of Lima. The show was excellent as was the food.
The ride from Colon which is a decrepit city to the Embera Indian village took us half way across the isthmus and up some unpaved roads to dugout canoes on a river. The Indian village is fascinating and the mini lectures by the native chief is informative. The bathroom facilities are crude but sufficient. We bought several unique handcraft items there as the Indians only source of income comes from craftwork since the area was turned into a National Park and they can not farm it as they once did. This excursion was one of the best I have been on.
We stayed in Santiago for three nights before we departed. This is a world class city and the center is clean with numerous sights to see including the history museum on the Plaza de Armas, the cathedral and the Moneda palace where the changing of the guard is quite a show with marching bands, heel clicking guards and stray dogs marching along with the soldiers. The municipal theater which is also the opera house is an opulent building from 1857. There are several tours daily and tickets are obtained in the box office. We also visited an artisinal market at the edge of town at the Los domenicas stop on the red line of the metro which is very clean.