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!
Paula I was tryng to work out how you rate a blog and accidently gave it only 2 stars! Sorry!
loulou Ha ha! I remember the mad local buses in Lima! Have you discovere churros and pots of jelly yet...I became slightly addicted! Sounds like you are having a great time! I am so so jealous! You will love the Inca trail, it is just an awesome sight...especially from from the smaller peak that overlooks the main site...huayna picchu..just looked that up! When I was in Peru, I also visited Huacachina which is a sand dune resort on the coast, but kind of looks like it is in the middle of nowhere! If you haven't been sand boarding before, it would be worth a visit, but I wouldn't go out your way to go there...it's kind of a good stop on your way somewhere, if only to experience the dune buggy mad driving- better than a roller coaster ride, at least our driver made it that way! We also saw the condors in Colca Canyon...it's a fair trek in and out, but worth it I think. My mate Pete and I did it independently from any angencies and caught the bus there from Arequipa at something like 2 in the morning!!! Arequipa was quite nice and we stayed in cool hostel with a roof top terrace over looking the rest of the town, very nice. Travelling down, you might want to go to see the floating islands. I didn't do them, but my mate did. He said they were a little touristy but he had fun. From Bolivia we did lake Titicaca from Copacabana and satyed on Isla del Sol, really pretty. A lot of people were going for the day which is good, but it is cool to stay on the small beach for the night and go to one of the tiny restaurants on the beach selling trout prepared in everywhich way! Let me know your next country and I will think of some more ideas for you! Have a wicked time both of you! Lou x x x
Warren sup guys, Just letting you know that ive just arrived in Lima. Ill keep track of your posts to see if we run in to each other. Ill be in la paz 10th jan. Take care!!