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South America » Peru » Lima » Lima » Miraflores March 21st 2018

After having a bit of a lie in and going for breakfast we got ready to be picked up by Fernando at 10am. He had left us a message with reception the day before to confirm he would be arriving at 10 which was nice and he was true to his word arriving bang on time. We drove through Miraflores towards the city of centre of Lima before veering off towards the harbour where he dropped us off and confirmed he would pick us up again at 2pm to take us back to the hotel after the trip. We were introduced to the guide who spoke English well and waited with three other girls who seemed to be going on the same trip. A few more people joined and when we got on board the boat ... read more
Fishing boat
Steph swimming with sea lions
Me swimming with sea lions

South America » Peru » Lima » Lima » Miraflores March 18th 2018

Our arrival into Arequipa at 5am marked a significant milestone for us - our last overnight bus and we won't miss them! On this particular one, we had to endure a broken speed sensor in the driver's cabin that beeped insistently for the whole night (luckily Donal had the foresight to bring earplugs so he slept grand)!! Having just completed the Inca Trail a few days earlier, one of the first things we did on arrival into Arequipa was to sign up for the 2 day 1 night Colca Canyon trek! We will have to get the hiking boots resoled! Picked up at 3am, we drove by mini bus for three hours to our starting point. Unfortunately for us, we were one of the last to be picked up by the minibus so the four of ... read more
Huacachina - an oasis in the desert!
Colca Canyon
Smiling at the start of our Colca Canyon Hike!

South America » Peru » Lima » Lima » Miraflores January 27th 2018

For the third year in a row, my friend and I headed down to Latin America for our annual City Tour. This year it would be Lima. We had heard great things about the food scene here, while we were in Bogota two years ago. As well, it was as far south as I could get to in one day without an overnight. As I started to plan this trip, the one thing that did stick out was how consistent the weather is at this time of year. Nearly every day was identical with the temperature not varying more than a degree or two. What rain we did have was more like a mist. I have never seen a large international city on the ocean with such dramatic cliffs and such an arid climate. Ironically, my ... read more
Old Man
Colourful Homes

South America » Peru » Lima » Lima » Miraflores May 17th 2017

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 ... read more
Walking along the cliff front
Overlooking the Pacific Ocean
Miraflores shopping centre

South America » Peru » Lima » Lima » Miraflores March 20th 2017

The hotel in Lima is gorgeous in spite of the Water Crisis. Room is comfy and gorgeous. It's much better to have insomnia 2:30 in the morning in a luxurious bed with AC that is gorgeous like the modern stuff you see on HGTV. I had a welcome dip in the pool yesterday too. f I can figure out how to get the tv video Ana put on fb, onto my page....of the cow, the truck, the container, the the girl under the pile of wood rushing down the ravine with Incredible Force for miles and miles from the mountains, I will. Everyone in the video was lucky to be alive, but maNY have been killed. Tomorrow we start the tour. Colonial Lima. Meeting in the morning with alleged complicated details I think. So far all ... read more

South America » Peru » Lima » Lima » Miraflores March 12th 2017

Suzanne here... Landing at Lima was an experiance. It was the middle of the night, and the city was lit up as far as they eye could see. At this point it dawned on me just how absolutely vast Lima is. We arrived at 1.30am. I'd wanted to save some money by hanging around the airport until morning. But David was keen to book a hotel. Given that we only had four nights / three days in Lima I did see the sense in not spending the first day grubby and exhausted. So we booked a hotel, and also their airport transfer service to avoid searching for a taxi in the middle of the night. Once we'd got through security there was Luis waiting for us with my name on a sign. It was nice to ... read more
Miraflores lighthouse or bust!
Parque Kennedy
Coastal view from Miraflores

South America » Peru » Lima » Lima » Miraflores February 24th 2017

So Lima has been delicious so far. The flavors in the ceviche are very special, it must be the peppers. The small ceviche restaurants always think I will start with ceviche and then have “segundo”. I have to make sure I say Solo or I get a huge plate of rice and meat. I learned this the hard way. A few older ladies didn't believe this was all I wanted, their faces reflected mild sympathy for my obvious mental disorder. Also, I am now in love with Lomo Saltado, beef and peppers in a succulent brown sauce served with rice and french fries, I know. Oh and the sandutches, pretty crazy sandwiches that always seem to include avocado. I went to the art museum here (MALI) and fell in love with a couple of the modern ... read more
lomo saltada

South America » Peru » Lima » Lima » Miraflores January 18th 2017

Damn I love this this place! To my friends and know I'm here for two months with an open invitation to return. It seems a crazy, want to be dictator has been elected president of my country. He is creating chaos around the world and hasn't been sworn in yet. Something is happening I never thought possible. The loss of liberty and freedom is something I traveled abroad in the 60's to defend. I'm leaving Barbara to solve this problem. LOL Back to Peru! Now this place is a third world country with beauty, charm, danger, intrigue and a feeling you have to experience. Here in Miraflores it never rains and the climate is for the most part acceptable, never cold. From my last trip here, you can see pictures of Machu picchu, the Andes, ... read more
Sunday, Locamar Ave
Looking down my street
Sight seeing in the city

South America » Peru » Lima » Lima » Miraflores January 10th 2017

Wow! I've been here ten days, time is passing to fast. I've been stocking my groceries, cooking, site seeing, visiting friends. I returned to Ians for a full day of cooking. believe it or not, Peruvians don't have biscuits and gravy or Cajun food. So for breakfast I prepared biscuits, gravy, chorizo, eggs with sliced tomatoes and fruit salad. The only sausage I have found here is chorizo? Of course Ian, being from Ohio loved the breakfast but Veronica and her family couldn't understand why I would make bread like the buscuit and gravy, whats that? While cooking breakfast I put on a big pot of red beans to boil and did the prep for red beans and rice. I brought spices from home but had to use chirizo instead of andouille sausage, Left cooking all ... read more
La Paz
Restaurant on the way to Macado
The Pan Americano

South America » Peru » Lima » Lima » Miraflores October 20th 2016

Another horror bus ride terminated at 5.30am after a few hours sleep we headed into the faccinating colonial heart of world heritage listed Arequipa. This place is just as attractive as Cusco, is much larger and is better value for money. Tourist numbers are also much lower here which is refreshing when visiting the city's major attractions. Arequipa the white city is at least 500 years old and sits in the shadow of the perfect cone shaped 5822 metre El MistI volcano. The old town is centred around the Plaza de Armas and features a huge cathedral built from volcanic sillar and the slightly smaller Iglesia de La Compania an interesting Jesuit church. Our first stop was an atm followed by one of the second story restaurants that dominate the Western side of Plaza de Armas, ... read more
Arequipa cathedral
Musicians performing
Iglesia de La Compania

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