We arrived in the bustling city of Lima on Sunday 14th, the airport being about an hour's drive from our hotel, the Ibis at Miraflores. We've found it to be a great hotel which we'd thoroughly reccommend.
Lima is the capital and the largest city of Perú with a populations of around 11 million. Located in the valleys of the Chillón, Rimic and Lurin rivers, in the central coastal part of the country, it overlooks the Pacific Ocean and as we are in the seaside suburb of Miraflores, where we are staying, it's not far away from us. Lima is the most populous metropolitan area of Perú, the third largest city in the Americas behind São Paulo and Mexico City.
Home to one of the oldest higher education institutions in the New World - the National University of San Marcos - founded by the Spanish in 1551, it is the oldest continuing functioning university of the Americas.
We've also found it to be a very clean city but with an unusual white sky much of the time, caused by the cold Humboldt Current that runs north from Antarticia, colliding with the warmer tropical atmosphere. So when a bit
of blue sky peeps through it's rather a pleasant surprise.
As we've found to our delight, Lima has four out of the 50 Best Restaurants in the World and in-comparison to places like NYC and London, prices are not exorbitant. We've visited two of them - Maido which is number eight and Astrid & Gastón which is number 33 - and a few others which are certainly worthy of such accolades.
We've also visited the Museum of Anthropogy - part of which was the house of Simón Boliver when he was the Governor of Perú In 1824. The following year Bolivia was named after him.
But, for us, the best museum we visited was the Museo Rafael Larco Herrera - known as the Larco Museum - which is a privately owned museum of Pre-Colombian art, located in the Pueblo Libre District of Lima. The museum is housed in an 18th-century vice-Royal building built over a 7th-century pre-Columbian pyramid which showcases chronological galleries that provide a thorough overview of 4,000 years of Peruvian pre-Columbian history. It is well known for its gallery of pre-Columbian erotic pottery which is well worth visiting. Somehow you always think of the human
sacrifices carried out by the Incas and others so it's nice to know they appreciated the finer joys of life!
Amongst other things we enjoyed a tour of the city, some by bus and the rest by a guided walk for an hour or so. Following the tour we were dropped off at the restaurant which is number 33 in the world - Astrid & Gastón - where the food was top notch. We've certainly eaten well on our short time in Lima!
Last night, the final night all four of us were together, we ate at Rafael Restaurant, following which we went to the Parque de la Reserva where we saw a light and water show which was well worth attending. We were there along with many family groups.
This morning, before Marian and JD left to catch their plane back to Bogotá, we walked down to a shopping centre situated on the cliffs which stood between us and the Pacific Ocean where we had our final lunch together. All good things come to an end I'm afraid. Many thanks to Marian and JD for the fun we've had together; memories that will live on for
many a year to come. We looking forward to getting together once again in, hopefully, the not too distant future. Special thanks to JD for his planning of our outings, and also, his insistence that we make our visit to Lima a gastromical delight!!
Since they've left I walked down to a hairdresser close to our hotel to have a shampoo and cut. Despite the fact that I don't speak Spanish and they didn't speak Englisj with a bit of sign language we managed.
Now it's our turn to pack as we fly to Miami early tomorrow morning.
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