Blogs from Lima, Peru, South America - page 3


South America » Peru » Lima » Lima » La Molina February 10th 2014

I have arrived in Lima, to start a trip which would not have happened, but for last year’s event. A journey I am undertaking with my mother. It should have been my father who accompanied my mother, it was their trip. But it was not to be. And so my mother and I start on this journey, on the trip she and my dad had planned. It is in a very real sense a new beginning. For the first time I won’t be able to share my travels with my dad, he won’t be reading my blogs, he won’t be asking me questions about the places I visit, he won’t be tracing my wanderings on a map back home, and when I come home, he won’t be there waiting for me. This trip with my mother ... read more

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 February 8th 2014

Life in Bohemia. Spent about a week in Barranco, Lima during which I had the pleasure to meet some of the coolest people on the planet. Funnily enough the sun was too hot and the ocean too cold, but the Peruvians seemed to deal with it just fine and made it a daily practice to fill up every last remaining inch of the long beach. Far from all the hustle and bustle of the center, Barranco proved the perfect escape from the around-the-clock honking and the overwhelming sense of an incomprehensible vastness (it's pushing on 10 million folks) that is Lima. In short, I loved it.... 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 December 14th 2013

The border crossing into Peru was relatively painless but whilst driving to Punta Sal it was very noticeable that the Peruvians or not hot on litter free countryside. The dry, dusty environment didn't help the first impressions of Peru either but fortunately the beach we camped on for a couple of nights was pure heaven. No hawkers or locals or even any other travellers as Dragoman had the whole site and stunning, private beach to ourselves. The sea was warm enough and it took least 5 minutes after pitching our tent on the sand, to be in the water. The bar served the local speciality - pisco sour by the bucket load and there was more live music for our entertainment in the evening. A beach fire was also lit and it was difficult to imagine ... 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 » Lima November 22nd 2013

I started writing this in Cusco airport waiting for Lima flight and chose title purely for alliteration. However it has proved to be horribly prophetic. Who has ever heard of an entire city of 9 m people totally banning the sale or consumption of alcohol for 48 hrs before & on the day of a major civic election? guessed it...Lima does..& it just so happens that the election is on no wine till Monday here! Luckily we head to Amazon tomorrow, but meantime really are drinking lemonade...yeughh! I assume they don't trust people to tick the favored box after imbibing uno coppa or dos. who knows, but I bet Pachacuchec didn't inflict that on his people. Agua Calientes was a unique place with no road access and only buses up & down mountain to ... read more
Pardon me boy...
Ollanta station

South America » Peru » Lima » Lima November 17th 2013

Well, I´ve been away from the blog for a while so time to update you with what I´ve been upto so grab yourself a cuppa tea it might be a long one!! I had been feeling a bit down and worried for various reasons and just not in a good place, yeah yeah get the violins out I hear you say. Not literally obviously, as I´ve been in some amazing places, but you know what I mean!!! I was also getting sick of the whole hostel dorm situation - being woken up constantly.. if not by people snoring loudly, then by drunken idiots shouting and switching on the lights when they stumbled in wrecked at 4am...annoying!!! Soo... I felt I needed some ´me´time to recover from this studentesque lifestyle, and decided to abandon Katherine and Cusco ... read more

South America » Peru » Lima November 13th 2013

This is where the weary international traveler takes a deep breath, sighs and goes to find a bench to sleep on for a couple of hours. Apparently a runway is closed tonight here in Lima and our flight is delayed from 2am to 5 am! Thus missing my flight from Dalllas to SLC. Which translates as rerouting from Dallas to Los Angeles to SLC getting in 12 and ahalhours after leaving Lima...been in the airport since 9:30 pm. Patience, endurance, tranquillo...tranquillo. So how about a bit more about my trip to la selva..the jungle. where did I leave off? I don't even know much anymore.. Like what day it is, I even asked someone if it's November! I feel as though I was in a deep meditation with jungle village living....without actually being a member of ... read more
These two really like the mustaches I brought
Ayahuasca prep

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

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