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South America » Peru » Lima » Lima » Miraflores May 16th 2014

I flew into Lima from Cusco on a Sunday morning. I'd arranged a pick up with my hostel and for once everything went smoothly. I was staying in Miraflores, the main tourist and restaurant area to the south of Lima city centre. I had a restaurant tip for lunch, so set out to find Punto Azul - famous for its ceviche. Food generally, and ceviche in particular, had played a big part in my decision to come to Lima. It had been a long time since I'd been close to the ocean (Ushuaia) and I was really looking forward to a large plate of seafood swimming in a sharp citrus dressing with a chilli kick. Punto Azul did not disappoint. Once I´d fed and watered I went for a wander to get my bearings. After Cusco, ... read more
Rainbow at Ollantaytambo
Archaeological site at Ollantaytambo
Miraflores overlooking the Pacific

South America » Peru » Lima » Lima » Miraflores May 1st 2014

Our past travels have been for the most part east or west...directions you can never find an end to...whereas there is just so far you can go north or south. This trip would take us south of the equator to our final continent (with the exception of Antarctic). I faced this trip with some trepidation, as I was totally unfamiliar with this part of the world. Hence, I had arranged our travel through a local agency, Trip Peru. 30 April/1 May 2014 Wednesday and Thursday. Our daughter drove us to Denver to catch our flight. Our tickets stated that we were pre-checked so that we didn't have to take off our shoes or take out the computer. We did have to go through the x-ray, where I remembered at the last minute I had my Swiss ... read more
View north along the Promenade
Linda and Bob at the Garden of Love
Park on the Pacific Ocean in Miraflores

South America » Peru » Lima » Lima » Miraflores March 30th 2014

I had arranged a cycling tour for my first day, which started at 9am. I walked to the meeting point, only 10 blocks away. On my way there, I found a French bakery and had a cafe mocha and un chocolate pan. Mucho gusto. I sat watching the workman repair the ancient solar site in the middle of Lima, while drinking my coffee and croissant. The pre-Incans covered a hill with mud brick and raised platforms to the pray to the sun. This site is now covered in crumbling mud, rather than bricks, so they are returning it to it's original state. The bike guide joined me and gave me all the history. We were driven to the outskirts of town at the top of a hill overlooking Lima. There is a stature of Jesus that ... read more

South America » Peru » Lima » Lima » Miraflores March 13th 2014

After the inca trail, Frankie and I spent a day in Cuzco. We used the morning to have a lie in and then went out exploring some of the sights, sounds and tastes of the city. The next morning, we were headed back to the airport to fly to a town called Puerto Maldonado in the amazon rainforest. We then took a boat down the tambopata river to the lodge where we would spend two nights. The weather was hot, with about 80% humidity and although our bungalow was about as cool as it could be, it was pretty sticky! That evening, we went out on a night walk around the lodge and saw lots of different insects and creepy crawlies. We had a few minutes where we turned off all of our torches and were ... read more
Our bungalow at the lodge
Frankie the explorer
Plantain at the farm

South America » Peru » Lima » Lima » Miraflores March 13th 2014

After a surprisingly brief and simple taxi negotiation, we were making our way through the heavy Lima rush hour traffic doing our best to put up with the continual frenetic beeping from the taxi drivers. 20 minutes or so later and we were dropped off in the heart of the affluent district of Miraflores. Surrounded by McDonalds, KFC, Pizza Hut and Starbucks, we felt a long way from the serenity of only 24 hours earlier. With expectations of dilapidated buildings and crime ridden streets, it came as a huge surprise to be able to comfortably stroll the clean and pleasant streets in the surrounding area. We decided to take a stroll along the two main streets en route to and from the beach. Once reaching the boardwalk, we walked from the lighthouse on the far right, ... read more
Cycle time
Flying high


South America » Peru » Lima » Lima » Miraflores February 8th 2014

Tanker omkring et kontinent - på vej til Caribien ! På hele kontinentet har vi oplevet en fanastisk forskel på livet mellem land og by - storbyer på ligefod med europæiske storbyer, og landliv så fattigt og ubegribeligt tilbageståenhed. Her er slum hvor vi i Danmark ville tvangsanbringe ALLE børn øjeblikkelig. Gadebørn og gadefamilier, familier på landet i lerklinede huse og mudder til anklerne, børn der bare tisser på gaden osv. Her er affald overtalt - tusinder der lever uden rimelige sanitære forhold. Hunde - der er hunde overalt. Løse hunde der løber rundt i store flokke på gaderne, gør og strejfer rundet efter mad. Hunde i alle størrelser, forfatninger og tilstande - maske der skulle overvejes en hundefænger som i "gamle dage". Vi har desværre oplevet latinoernes ikke særlige gode omgang med dyr, ingen tager ... read more

South America » Peru » Lima » Lima » Miraflores December 24th 2013

from an ecuadora city high in the sky surrounded by volcanic mountains---sleeping peacefully at the moment---to the capital city of peru, lima, where the pacific ocean and humid, balmy weather predominates, is a big jump...a welcome one because even though the altitude eventually becomes mostly unnoticeable the shift to men in short sleeves, women in the skimpiest denim cut offs, and ocean breezes is wonderful...i'm staying in the tourist section of lima, miraflores, and it's the day before christmas so the five story department store i just left was swarming with could have been macy's if everyone didn't have a tan...the people in ecuador were attractive, the people in peru are breakfast this morning an asain-american couple from california shared a sad, scary story with me...the woman, who by profession is a prosecuting attorney, ... read more

South America » Peru » Lima » Lima » Miraflores November 22nd 2013

As I stepped off the plane in Peru the feeling hit me. I was in the chaos. Not only was I in another American continent (the south one) but it was the other half of the globe. It was where summer is winter and winter is summer. My world was flipped. Muy Bien!! I had stepped into the mystical world. I had known Spanish language, countries, customs and people since I was 14. So I felt somewhat at ease in a Latin country. It had been my desire and dream to visit Peru ever since I had seen pictures of the famed ancient civilization of Machu Pichu. Soon I had heard about and seen photos of the epic waves that peel down deserted sandy desert beaches. I would count the days until I could experience that ... read more
$10/night penthouse
Jungle Train

South America » Peru » Lima » Lima » Miraflores November 11th 2013

I slept pretty well last night and enjoyed a very nice breakfast on the 11th floor rooftop where the swimming pool, spa and exercise room is. I had a travel mate take a couple of pictures of me overlooking the Pacific and the city. The hotel is in a very nice location. I love the shower - it reminds me of a tropical rain forest, not that I’ve ever been in a tropical rain forest but if a rain shower isn’t like my hotel shower, it should be. We took the bus to a private museum, as opposed to a government operated museum. The collection of antiquities was very impressive. The value of the collection must be immense! The material was from the Andes mountain areas and went back thousands of years before Christ and had ... read more

South America » Peru » Lima » Lima » Miraflores November 10th 2013

Actually, I missed day 1 because my flight got in at 12:20 am of day 2 - day 1 was supposed to be a leisure check in day with no scheduled activities, so I didn’t miss any touring events. I did have an adventure, however. I was supposed to be met at the airport by a Tauck representative for transfer to my hotel. I cleared immigration and customs without problems, but saw nobody holding a Tauck welcome sign. A few people waiting for other visitors saw my dilemma and, fortunately, their English was better than my Spanish. After two phone calls, I received a message to “go with the person that handed me the phone”, so I did. I found that one of the few English words he spoke was “mister”. The ride from the airport ... read more

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