Published: November 28th 2009November 28th 2009
So far Peru is a great country, people are very nice and helpful. Many will try to make a few extra soles (the Peruvian currency; 3 soles ~ 1 dollar) by charging overprice, but once you learn to navigate through that you're pretty much set to enjoy 3 course meals for 5 dollars or less.
We arrived to Lima late the 25th, so we have basically only had 2 whole days here, which seems enough considering we have a lot to see and only 2 months to do it.
The first day we spent strawling around in Miraflores, a suburb to Lima and also where our hotel (basically a hostel with 14" tv and private bathroom) is located. There are little kiosk.. ish stores on almost every corner, where it seems like the storekeeper just fits in and manages to stay for a whole day. We also spotted a Gold's Gym and decided it was time to go work off some of the many burgers and oversized breakfasts we've had in Miami. While 'moving iron' we met a nice aussie guy called Morgan and agreed it would be best, if we came to his hostel later on to have some
cervecaz and what not.
After discussing a bit whether or not we were overdressed we went to Kokopelli Hostel where we hooked up with our new friend and a lot of happy backpackers (we're staying on hostels from now on..). About 45 mins later we were in a cap on our way to Lista nightclub in Barranco, which by the way seemed like the bronx of Lima... though it's not. Many people, bad live music, and like clubs in Miami not a proper dancefloor, f#*k! - and also we were kinda overdressed.
Then a change of luck, we met three friendly senoritas, all from Barranco and english speaking. After short conversations with them we learned that this was a place they went for a few beers before going to the 'real club', YES!. They offered to take us to the other club, and off we went. After entering through the 'Hombres' entrance we were met with loud bass and partypeople all over. The club had a top floor with electro and a buttom floor with typical radio-popular music, and a proper dancefloor!. The rest of the night went with dancing and having fun, home ~ 06.30.
shine @ 12.00. We rented a taxi to drive us around for 5 hours, so we could go see the points of interrest in Lima. First off was the Catacombs under the church of San Francisco, unfortunately we werent allowed to take any photos. Outside the church was a few minor school classes that seemed very interrested in us, the boys tried to make their hair spike like mine and the girls wanted photos with us, great fun. Then off to mount San Cristobal for what we hoped was a breathtaking view over the city of Lima, but slightly less interresting as some low attitude clouds had decided to block half the view. On the road to the top we drove through one of the more poor parts of Lima with little kids playing on the steep and narrow streets, really making the poverty appearant.
After that we drove to Plaza Mayor, which surprisingly is a big square, from where we would walk to Plaza San Martin on a main shopping street. Back in the cap and home to catch some well needed sleep.
Today we havent really done anything, I slept a little over 12 hours and have
been killing time in Refugio Internet Cafe, which is also why our status update might be a bit too discribing this time.. Anyways we are heading to Cusco in southern Peru @ 17:30 local time (we're GMT -5 here). It's a 19 somthing hour bus drive, but we are traveling with Cruz del Sol 1st class, I'll let you know how that was next time.
Semi-warm goodbyes for now, I hope you are all doing well back home, wherever that is!
There are more photos below