Another experience of bad first impressions arriving at lima airport but as the weekend wore on lima really grew on both of us and we definitely think we would go back.
We were staying in miraflores which is a nice area that the government have clearly spent a lot on to attract tourism. It's also very safe, there are police cameras on the streets. On Friday we explored the area, went for some yummy frozen yogurt and then for dinner to try out some Peruvian food.
The food is awesome.
I had this great tacu tacu dish which is like a mixture of rice and beans fried into a cake and served with a fish stew. Sounds gross but it really was lovely.
We booked a tour for Saturday half day in the shanty towns and half day exploring the cultural sights.
Lima, and well Peru generally is clearly a place of the have and have nots. The shanty town was an inspiring place. The tour company are a not for profit organisation who undertake community projects and have helped the locals develop a community kitchen, football stadium, a nursery and various other things. We met so many lovely and welcoming people who shared there cacha, corn beer and food with us. The interesting thing was that we had a police escort. This was not primarily to protect us but to protect the people there as there have been a number of cases of foreigners going into the shanty town and taking children. Horrendous.
We were taken to lunch at a local restaurant and the prices were 5 times less than the places in the tourist area- just shows you really!
The afternoon city tour was good too although my attention span for listening to facts isn't great!
At night we went to the lima water and laser show, pretty cool.
Now onto cusco (after the cheapest manicure we've both ever had)......