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South America » Peru » Lima » Lima » Miraflores February 22nd 2013

Its been an exciting time in Peru so far. Completely not what I was expecting, but at 35 degrees every day I can’t complain. After arriving nearly 2 weeks ago, from a long, boring, 12 hour Iberia flight, I was told that we were leaving with all the children from the refuge nearly straight away for a 6 hour trip to Casma. I was initially furious, as it completely destroyed my plans for the shanty towns – or at least I wasn’t told about this, so had to put them on hold. So instead it was 8 days at a secluded beach in the middle of no where, and although still a place in extreme poverty, my main plans for coaching in shanty towns were on hold. But when does a plan ever go to plan!? ... read more

South America » Peru » Lima » Lima » Miraflores February 17th 2013

As the plane descended into Lima 17 hours from London I saw the Andes for the first time. Peering across at least 2 screaming toddlers through the window of the Iberia 777, I could see miles of flat desert until vast mountains ascended into lavender sky. I was in a pretty foul mood; the plane was a joke. Admittedly I had been spoiled by the Emirates A-380 but 12 hours without any entertainment combined with the fact that every crying baby and toddler in Peru had decided to return to their homeland on my flight had brought me towards my breaking point. Nonetheless I was stunned by the view. There is nothing in England or anything I saw in South East Asia that compared to the scale of this landscape. Our driver sent by ‘Friendly Backpackers ... read more

South America » Peru » Lima » Lima » Miraflores February 14th 2013

We flew to Lima Peru first thing on Thursday morning. The flight went smoothly and as we flew over the Lima area I was blown away by what the terrain looked like. From the sky it looked like I had always pictured parts of the Middle East. Desert, pure desert with sand dunes and row upon row of crappy housing several stories high, really just shacks stacked on top of each other. I hadn't done any research on this area or seen pictures so I guess that explained my shock. We paid too much for a cab to Hitchhikers Backpackers Hostel. The drive there was scary, the driver was dodging in and out of traffic which was incredibly thick. Once again I had to force myself to look out the side of the car rather than ... read more

South America » Peru » Lima » Lima » Miraflores January 13th 2013

After arriving at Madrid's ghost town airport and queuing for my connecting flight to Lima I was pleasantly surprised when the airline staff changed my seat number from 14F to 1B. I planned to sleep most of the second leg so the upgrade to a business class reclining seat was very welcome. It turned out however that this was probably a sweetener as Air Europa had oversold Economy tickets and by the looks of it had also overloaded on luggage. With the plane being overweight it sounds like they decided that rather than delay the plane further at Madid they would simply leave 1/3rd of the passengers luggage behind and not tell those passengers until they had sat watching the baggage reclaim belt upon landing recirculate unclaimed luggage for an hour. So I write this from ... read more

South America » Peru » Lima » Lima » Miraflores January 11th 2013

Sitting in the departures lounge at Gatwick airport for the first part of my journey to Lima was an interesting experience. A strange mix of excitement, terror and relief to be exchanging what the Daily Mail has described as imminent 'Russian' like weather conditions for 26 degrees and sunshine. I probably shouldnt be worried, lots of people have travelled South America and come back alive with postive stories to tell. Although I will admit that certain 'friends' have got me slightly spooked with tales of travellers having their organs harvested, being used for ritual killings or as forced drug mules. Okay, maybe the ritual killings is a little far fetched. Anyway, I'm currently sat in Madrid Barajas airport about to board my connecting flight to Lima. I think I may have learnt my first word in ... read more

South America » Peru » Lima » Lima » Miraflores December 16th 2012

I'm preparing to leave Lima in the same charming hotel where I stayed when I arrived in Lima. Packing shopping and my other items is a full day job.... read more

South America » Peru » Lima » Lima » Miraflores December 10th 2012

Lima has many decorations for the holidays. One of the nicest areas is the up-market Larcomar Shopping Center overlooking the Pacific Ocean.... read more

South America » Peru » Lima » Lima » Miraflores November 24th 2012

I arrived back in Lima yesterday in the evening. I’m staying again in the Hostel El Patio, charming and near the center of Miraflores. In the Parque Kennedy they are putting up today a handicrafts fair that will continue for 10 days. There are some beautiful and wonderful things to be bought there.... read more
One of the Vendors
A Vendor with Beautiful Cloth Items
So Many Wonderful Things for the Christmas Tree

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

Pardonnez mon retard de presque 2 mois et demi sur mon blogue, ca cest bien moi! Donc apres ce periple formidable dans la Cordillera Huayhuash, nous nous rendons vers Lima, capitale du Perou. Dans cette grande ville turbulante, nous sommes recus par la mere des amis de la marraine de Flo (notre francais prefere). Ca commence a faire loin la relation que nous avons avec cette mere, pourtant, elle nous recoit comme si nous etions de la famille. Laccueil chaleureux que nous recevons fait chaud au coeur. Cest beau de voir ca. Cette soiree la nous nous retrouvons une dizaine autour dune table avec beaucoup de Pisco(alcool national du Perou) et surtout beaucoup de plaisir. Le lendemain, en etant reveiller par lodeur des oeufs et du jus frais, nous partons a la decouverte de cette grande ... read more
crazzzzzzzzy people, trek choquequirao
Machu Pichu

South America » Peru » Lima » Lima » Miraflores November 5th 2012

Today the volunteers from the CCS Home Base went to the Inca Market in Miraflores after our work in Villa El Salvador. Many interesting things to buy tempted us in the market. We went to the waterfront area of Miraflores on the way to the market.... read more
A Windy Day in Lima, Peru

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