Blogs from Lima, Peru, South America - page 3


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

South America » Peru » Lima » Lima » Miraflores November 8th 2013

My first day in Lima, Peru I set out to explore as much as I could on foot. My hotel is in the tourist area of Miraflores so I can walk to many shops, restaurants, and tourist activities. Lima is known for its food so my first order of business was finding a good restaurant for ceviche (a type of food I love so I was excited to try it in a city that's known for it). For those of you not familiar, it's basically raw fish marinated in lemon or lime juice and onions. My lonely planet guide book recommended a place called Pescados Capitales and it didn't disappoint. While walking around Lima there were many sites that surprised me. I wasn't surprised to see the usual fast food chains that are in every country ... read more
Kennedy park

South America » Peru » Lima » Lima » Miraflores September 27th 2013

Our first week in South America, Lima to be more precise, is nearing its end. We have not been robbed, and we don't even have any stomach problems so far- could it be that our prejudices of dangerous South America were just a little bit exaggerated, if not downright false? Even though, it does seem like you do have to think about where you go and when in this country. We are staying in a good part of Lima called Miraflores. According to our local host Fanny, in this area it's ok to walk to a bar in the early evening, but to come back later at night, a taxi is required. She also adviced us to return from Lima city center by 5pm. The other day we were walking in the city center and wandered ... read more
Centro de Lima
Here we were warned to hide our cameras and not to proceed further
Pacific Ocean seen from Miraflores

South America » Peru » Lima » Lima » Lima September 18th 2013

Well hello all!!!!! I have been in Peru for almost a week now and have only now gotten a chance to write about it, so yes, its been a bit crazy. Which also goes for the functions on this keyboard, so my apologies for typos and weird symbols, like this one {. So I left from Vancouver, after beeing thrown out of the car by my parents, and immediately there was something wrong with my ticket. Classic. I had not one booking. I had two. Not so classic. I immediately said I would keep both if they were right beside each other on the flights. The Air Canada guy pretended to humor me as he cancelled my dreams of riding executive class-like ever again. But he got everything sorted. I was selected to have a more ... read more
90 minutes after landing in Peru...
Saxaphones are sexy!!!!

South America » Peru » Lima » Lima » Lima September 14th 2013

Up around 9a.m. for breakfast and meet&greet. Yummy buffet-style choices: scrambled eggs, meat, cereals, yogurt, fruit, breads, honey, etc. Sat with Kathy (from plane) and met Lisa & Farrah. Given the options of the day - several tours were arranged (walking and bus) but the four of us opted to explore on our own. We had very few pre-conceived notions of the city and a very short list of specific things we'd heard about, so we figured that we could figure it out! First, though, I wanted to go hang-gliding (never done it and what a view from the cliffs over the ocean!) with a married couple from Chicago. Unfortunately, I had no way to meet back with my girls so decided to postpone. It worked out for the best, though, because they reported later that ... read more


South America » Peru » Lima » Lima » Lima September 13th 2013

Okay, this is the boring post that covers the travel day. Gotta be done...if only to see if this thing's working! Next days are written, but we're about to head out for adventures, so posted later tonight. Many, many more pics to come! Seattle to Houston Left home at 3:30a.m., flight from Sea delayed to 7:30a.m., flight uneventful - mostly slept - watched new "Sleepy Hollow" tv show for free. Baggage issue in Houston, had to run out to baggage claim, grab it, recheck to Lima and get back through security. Made it to the gate just in the nick of time! Still, had time to call mom and then Katie while boarding. Gotta make sure someone knows what's going on at all times! Super excited for the trip and nervous about the group dynamic and ... read more

South America » Peru » Lima » Lima » Barranco September 3rd 2013

Heute werde ich wohl mein letztes Update schreiben. Die Busfahrt von Arequipa nach Cabanaconde zum Colca Canyon war schlaflos, eng und unangenehm. In Cabanaconde habe ich mich deshalb mit einem ausgiebigien Fruehstueck in einem Hostal belohnt, in dem ich auch gleich den Grossteil meines Gepaecks zurueckgelassen habe. Danach gings los auf eine dreitaegigie Tour durch den Colca Canyon. Die wunderbar warmen Thermalpools, die ich nachts bei klarem Sternenhimmel besucht habe, die supernetten Leute, die ich kennengelernt habe und die Landschaft waren genial. Leider hatte ich am zweiten Abend wieder eine schreckliche Magenverstimmung, sodass ich nach einem langen Wandertag weder Essen noch was Trinken konnte und total entkraeftet schlafen gehen musste. Da ich nicht wusste, ob es mir am naechsten Tag besser gehen wuerde, habe ich sicherheitshalber fuer den meist 3h dauernden schweren Aufstieg... read more

South America » Peru » Lima » Lima » Lima August 22nd 2013

Current Location: Cuenca, Ecuador Ron I want to write a little on our train experience on July 27th, 2013. A train runs once a month from Lima to the town of Huancayo in the mountains. On the way, it reaches a max altitude of 4829meters (15,700 feet) before coming to rest in Huancayo at 3260 meters (10,600 feet!). I dont know why it only runs once a month -- the trax all seem to be in good shape, etc. though im sure i wouldnt know a 'bad' track if it hit me in the face! Ha! The journey started from Lima's Desamparados (downtown) station at 7am on a rainy morn. We had changed hostels on thursday from the Kaminu in Barranco to the 1900 Backpackers in downtown Lima, well knowing that we'd have to be up ... read more

South America » Peru » Lima » Lima » Miraflores August 16th 2013

We started early again, getting a taxi at 4am to take us to Quito airport to fly to Peru. This will be our 7th country on our journey. The flight was very quick and we landed in Lima at9am. We got a taxi to our hostel which is called Miraflores house. We were greeted by a lovely man called Francis who was very helpful showing us were everything was. Lima is very grey and not pretty. There is a thick white fog over the city which makes everything damp. But we didn't come to Lima for the views, we came for the food. Day one we headed out for a late lunch/early dinner as it being Sunday places shut early. We headed to a lovely bistro called Merced. We started with a local dish of black ... read more

South America » Peru » Lima » Lima » San Isidro August 15th 2013

I have just retired from 40 years of continuous work and decided that was time to fulfill my dreams of cruising the World, for that effect I have bought a Leopard 46 Catamaran In St Martin, where it is being up dated, I have bought a new chart plotter a Garmin 5212 and also a Garmin radar which I consider is the best safety equipment that we can have aboard to prevent us from colliding with other ships during a night shift or in a foggy day where the visibility is almost 0. I will start the first leg of my cruise the 13th of September accompanied with my son Andres 35 years old and a Peruvian hired deck man to help us out. We have a lot of experience in sailing because we had a ... read more

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