After a short flight from Quito we left Ecuador for Peru, both of us really looking forward to seeing a new country.
We had booked a small hostel called the Angels Inn which felt more like a home stay because the Peruvian family that run it actually lived there, so they ate their dinner and watched telly etc around the guests. To begin with it felt like we were imposing but they were so friendly and welcoming this didn't last and they made us feel like part of the family. They helped us learn Spanish and even cooked us dinner twice.
We didn't have high expectations of Lima because of what others had told us but we were pleasantly surprised. The suburb we stayed in is called Miraflores which is on the coast with tree lined streets, lovely well kept parks and it felt very safe to walk around - for some reason the Peruvians have a strange fasination with cows! It also made us feel more like home with a big shopping centre and a lot more people speaking English.
During our time in Lima we relaxed in Miraflores, watching paragliders take off from the parks over looking the cliffs and we went to the zoo where the safety standards are rather lax. We also visited the National museum and visited downtown Lima which was much like Quito and made us feel a bit unnerved, especially when a mass of football holigans came running round the main square! We managed to get back to the hostel using the MAD local buses and our limited Spanish which is starting to improve!