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South America » Peru » Lima » Lima » Miraflores November 4th 2012

Well, it has been an interesting two weeks for me to say the least. Ica and Lima gave me highs and lows and I have come away not really knowing how I feel about the area! But let me start from the start. After leaving the farm in Quellomayo, I spent a weekend in Cusco to re-grind myself. The two days were pretty great, I had plenty of computer time (getting this blog going), but I also met two great people. Makoto and Zaya, they were my roommates for the weekend and decided to hang out. Makoto who had been in the Amazon making a documentary was an intriguing filmmaker who had traveled allot. Zaya was on and adventure trip, in the process of making a film also, looking for a doorway into the industry. Zaya ... read more
Goats! Don´t complain about car traffic anymore
Grape squisher!
Water Park

South America » Peru » Lima » Lima » Miraflores October 17th 2012

Geo: -12.0393, -77.0801Twenty-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 ... read more
Reflective moment - comforting a tired child
Contemplating the possibilities
Mirror mirror

South America » Peru » Lima » Lima » Miraflores August 11th 2012

Day 1: Saturday, August 11th, 2012 Toronto, Ontario to Lima, Peru Buenos Dias, Me llamo Marissa and this is my 2.5 weeks Intrepid experience exploring the country of Peru with my twin sister, Renata. On this journey, my sister and I will explore the city of Lima, Peruvian Amazon at Puerto Maldonado, Cusco and the Sacred Valley and the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. Our first stop is Lima, Peru. We arrived at Pearson Airport by 5:00am for our 8:00am flight to Bogota, Colombia. At the airport we had our last Canadian Tim Hortons breakfast for the next 2.5 weeks and took our first dose of Malaria tablets. We then said goodbye to Toronto as we boarded our flight to Bogota. The flight to Bogota took approximately 5.5 hours. During the flight, I watched two movies ... read more

South America » Peru » Lima » Lima » Miraflores August 9th 2012

Let me preface this by saying I like Peru. I like the food. I like the pisco. I even really like most of the people. There are some that just don’t seem to like me. On my first visit to Lima in 2008, I arrived a day before my colleague. I was staying in a nice neighborhood, Miraflores, so I decided to go head out for dinner on a popular drag, Calle de las Pizzas (or Pizza Street). Bars, restaurants (lots of pizzas, naturally), and artisanal stands line both sides of this well lit pedestrian mall. I found a nice open-air café and grabbed a table for one. After a leisurely meal of arroz con mariscos, I hung out sipping my pisco sour while chatting with the waitstaff to learn about all things Peruvian. At around ... read more
Pizza Street closed at daytime
Returning to give thanks

South America » Peru » Lima » Lima » Miraflores August 2nd 2012

We got to Lima after a loooooooooong bus ride and found a hostel in the Miraflores district of Lima. Lima is an enormous city, stretching as far along the coast as the eye can see. We checked out the ceviche, as Lima is quite famous for its ceviche. The restaurant that was advertised though was pretty gross and neither of us could even finish our meal. For dinner we went to a Burrito Bar in Miraflores, which we both absolutely LOVED. so delicious!!! We hung out in Lima for nearly two weeks, taking cooking classes and a salsa class, enjoying the beach (and not being at high altitude), and exploring the city. We used our new cooking techniques and ingredients to make up some phenomenal dishes, like Fish Tacos a la Huancaina (using a special spicy ... read more
Sky Kitchen
Our awesome invention
Dinner on the coast

South America » Peru » Lima » Lima » Miraflores July 29th 2012

Well, we had expected some delays with all the air travel involved in this trip and thought that we had overcome this in Auckland, but not to be! We arrived back in Quito for a day lay over from the Glapagos and had a quiet day just wandering around the old town and a leisurely lunch. Arrived at the airport in good time to catch our flight to Lima, checked in, passed through security and immigration only to be told that our 8:55pm flight had been cancelled. So back through immigration and security to be placed on a flight to Guayaquil, overnight stay in a very nice hotel then a 5:00am start to catch the flight to Lima arriving 9.30am Friday instead of Thursday night. All seems fine on the surface, but we are getting very ... read more

South America » Peru » Lima » Lima » Miraflores July 21st 2012

Day 278 Sunday 15th July We are Skipping town today so we are up early and down having our breakfast at 7. Probably could have slept in later as our bus wasn’t due to leave till 11 but it is always good to get an early start on the day. Packing was a breeze for me (Scott) but Shelley had her usual panic attack and three attempts before she got it right. Checking out was a breeze and was sort of glad to get out of the place, and we walked the two blocks to the bus terminal. We are travelling with Cruz Del Sur today which is regarded as one of the best companies in the whole of South America. They have multiple different classes of travelling, from Economico, Imperial, Especial, VIP, Super VIP and ... read more

South America » Peru » Lima » Lima » Miraflores July 18th 2012

Or not, as the case may be... depending on your own level of bravery I suppose. After spending yesterday morning in a jet-lagged daze, and yesterday afternoon chatting to old Peruvian on a bench at the seafront (true story - Silvia. She was lovely... we exchanged email addresses but I can´t read her old lady handwriting) I thougt that today I better get out and about in Lima. I got up bright and early (not that it was my choice... stupid multi-country-jetlag) had mi desayuno, and had a little chat with the hostel staff about getting a bus into Central Lima. They visibly winced. You know what, I´m sure a lot of intrepid young travellers would have said NO, I can do this, I´m a brave, strong, sensible independent woman who knows how to both speak ... read more

South America » Peru » Lima » Lima » Miraflores July 13th 2012

Our final stop in Peru was a brief (and really too brief) stay in Lima. Our hostel (Milaflores House) was one of the best we have stayed in on our trip. They had everything – DVD players in rooms and a massive selection of DVD’s to watch, guitars, surfboards, beanbags, delicious breakfast, an unbelievable map and information about the city, security, great staff and funky artwork. We really only had a few hours in this city of 8 million but we still got a rough idea of life here. Named the “City of the Kings” in the 1500s by the Spanish colonisers I suppose the suburb that we stayed in called Miraflores, reflected this name. Miraflores was really nice, safe, was by the sea, had big banks, expensive shops, gastro cafes, expensive cars and pretentious people. ... read more
Milaflores Coast
Love Park
Love Park

South America » Peru » Lima » Lima » Miraflores June 30th 2012

LAST BLOG EVER!!! Holy moly i am flying home in an hour or two! So have had a pretty frantic last few days. We finished the trek and only had three days to do the nazca lines, sand board in Huacachina and get smushed in Lima..... we managed it (mostly). So We got an overnight bus to nazca and splurged to have cama seats and get a proper sleep as we wouldnt be getting much after it! WE arrived in nazca at about 9 am and immediately set off for the airport and got on a flight instantly. Em told us that the nazca lines (kinda like crop circles) were made hundres of years ago and no one knows why or how. So naturally i asked the taxi driver and he said; they were made just ... read more

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