Blogs from Lima, Peru, South America - page 2


South America » Peru » Lima » Lima » Lima April 12th 2014

I'm here in Peru .... I made it!! Sooo busy at the airport. It felt like every flight arrived at the same time and apparently they do! My driver Mario was there to greet me and provide a very calming influence. Thank goodness as it would have been very easy to have been swept away in the sea of people. I was wisked away to the lovely Maritza's appartment after a 30 min drive. Have posted a view from her lounge room. The flight over was pretty good and the pilot landed very well (see, I'm feeling like I can comment now that I have landed a few times lol) but it felt like10 hrs instead of 5. Most probably because I am still trying to recover from the jet lag and haven't really stopped. But, ... read more
Walking around
My sailor friends
Mira flores, Lima

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 March 29th 2014

Day 40. Arrived in Lima at 8 am having had some sleep on overnight bus. We arrived in peak hour with Saturday being just as busy as a week day. Lima is a big city (officially nearly 9 mill but thought to be 10) requiring a long drive through the smoggy outskirts with the same decrepit buildings and roadside rubbish & has grown too fast without proper planning. Changed to a minibus at the bus station & headed for breakfast in our hotel in Miraflores, an upmarket district full of hotels, cafés, pubs, restaurants and shops. After breakfast we took a light rail train in to Lima for a walking tour of the historical central area. The city was founded by Spanish conquers in the 1500’s and dbuilt on top of an existing Inca palace and ... read more
Plaza de Armas - Lima
Changing of Guards
Earth Hour at Restaurant

South America » Peru » Lima » Lima March 22nd 2014

Next up on the ‘before we have kids’ travel bucket list is...drumroll please… Machu Picchu, Peru! With excitement in January 2014, I began to research flights from Philadelphia to Peru. To my disappointment, flights to Peru for March out of Philadelphia International Airport were averaging about $1,100 a ticket. A friend of mine traveled to Brazil recently from Newark Airport by taking the Amtrak train from Philadelphia (they now have a stop), so I decided to check if I would find better fares from there. I was incredibly grateful to find a pair of non-stop tickets leaving from Newark at 2:00pm on March 22nd. I booked those tickets and a set of Amtrak tickets for the 660 train leaving from Philadelphia at 9:23am. 4 ½ hours should be plenty of time, even considering time allotted for ... read more
Two tickets to Peru!
Beautiful sunset in flight
Golden lights of Lima

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 March 4th 2014

We have been planning to visit South America for quite some time. Years ago Linda's brother visited Machu Picchu and raved about it. As it is the only continent, other than Antarctica, that we have never visited it is about time that we go. As retirees, we have a pretty flexible schedule. We wanted to go when the weather was good (no rain and fog obscuring Machu Picchu) and the tourists few (no crowds and lower prices), which meant May, September or October according to our Travelblog research. We originally targeted mid-Sep to mid-Oct of this year. I mostly use frequent flyer miles for my travels, usually reserving 330 days in advance to ensure the availability of seats using the fewest miles. But last fall I didn't have enough miles for two round trips, so waited ... read more

South America » Peru » Lima » Lima February 24th 2014

20 February 2014 – Thursday – Lima, Peru Visit to Historical Centre; Live Jazz at the Jazz Zone – This morning we headed out the door and in the opposite direction from yesterday, toward the historical centre and the Plaza de Armas. (Most South Amrerican cities and towns have a Plaza de Armas, which can be translated as ‘army square’ and which was the place where power was displayed, but they are mostly now renamed Plaza Mayor or Main Square for political correctness.) It is a UNESCO World Heritage site. It was founded by the Spanish Conquistador, Francisco Pizarro in 1535. Although severely damaged by earthquakes, the 'City of the Kings' was, until the middle of the 18th century, the capital and most important city of the Spanish dominions in South America. Many of its buildings ... read more
Lima Peru Historic Centre and Jazz 008
Lima Peru Historic Centre and Jazz 024
Lima Peru Historic Centre and Jazz 022

South America » Peru » Lima » Lima » Lima February 20th 2014

19 February 2014 – Wednesday – Lima, Peru Walkabout Lima. San Isidro and Miraflores. We are staying in a small apartment in San Isidro, Residencial Sori, at 3060 Avienda Arequipa, one of the main through roads in Lima. It is very noisy with steady traffic all day and most of the night. We begin our day with a walk in the neighbourhood and a disappointing coffee and empanada at a local bakery. (The coffee was so poor, more milk than coffee, micro-waved but still cold, that we sent it back and asked for a bottle of water in its place.) Both San Isidro and Miraflores are residential/commercial suburbs south and nearer the coast than the historical centre. The streets are lined with lovely, well-maintained houses and apartment blocks, as well as high-rise business towers of a ... read more
Lima Peru I 009
Lima Peru I 010
Lima Peru I 013

South America » Peru » Lima » Lima » Lima February 11th 2014

Sunday 9th February (Odyssey Day 93) It was a lazy breakfast of bread rolls with jam today. We certainly had an easy start to the day. Ellie and I soon headed out to the San Francisco Monastery and catacombs. It only cost S/. 7 to enter this beautiful looking monastery. You do need to have a guide to take you around though and we had to wait about 10 minutes for the next group with an English speaking guide. The tour was very informative but a bit rushed. The guide was certainly enthusiastic about the place, though he seemed to speak in a whisper most of the time. Perhaps that was just his way of adding to the enthralling atmosphere of the place. In the ossuary are piles of the bones of approximately 25000 people found ... read more
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