Geo: -12.0393, -77.0801
Twenty-four hours in Lima was not a lot of time to see this Peruvian capital city. Arriving late in the evening, we took a long taxi drive to the Miraflores area of the city. The expressway runs along the waterfront of the city with an ominous 200 foot cliff edge lining most of one side of the road and a beach on the Pacific ocean on other. Even in the dark the sights were quite captivating.
Miraflores is an upscale suburb in eastern Lima with a real multicultural feel. I was reminded of parts of Montreal here. We started our day by walking down to the water – at last…seaside! As we neared the waterfront, we passed a beautiful, erect glass building that turns out is the Mariott Hotel and is a signature modern building in Lima. I stood watching the streetscapes while Jim was immersed in taking pictures of this building.
We decided that the best way to scope out the city was to take a city bus tour so we hopped on a double-decker bus and spent 3 hours viewing the city and area. Although we were warned that during this time of year Lima was engulfed in
fog, like every day except one during our 7 weeks in South America, we experienced a gorgeous day of sunshine. The bus stopped at the San Francisco convent where the highlight is its catacombs. I never knew what catacombs were until now and I am not sure I would have wanted to climb deep down into the recesses of a 16th century church to see open graves – which were more like big wells of bones of over 2000 dead people.
We wandered the streets, markets and parks of Miraflores and found a lovely place to eat a relaxing dinner (Las Tejas). Next we headed to our inn to pick up our bags and a taxi for the long haul home to Halifax for a quick check-in to see our son and prepare for the next leg of our journey. Ecuador and Peru have been fascinating; we enjoyed our time here and will be glad to travel in an English speaking area of the world for awhile. Note to self: learn to speak Spanish!
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