Peru, Lima

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Trip to Peru is possibly one of the best planned holidays I have ever had. Furthermore, this is the trip, where I got bitten by the travelbug. From where I got the idea to start writing down memories and experiences from my trips.

My favourite part of any trip is when I first step the foot off the plane. The whole of the trip is in front of me. And this is exactly how exciting it felt in Lima. The journey from airport to the hotel lasted for 20 minutes. The view around the airport area was a bit spooky, far from what I had seen from those highly educational Latin American soap operas. Fortunately, 20 minutes later, in the town center I had to eat my own words – the difference was like a night and day. Our hotel was located in Miraflores, from where the ocean was only walking distance away. After checking in it was time for dinner and a short walk by the sea, and after that – time to celebrate the first night in Peru. Having heard so much about this superstar cocktail, Pisco Sour, we decided to give it a try. And it was amazing! Possibly it’s the new favourite of mine. After the first one came the second one, then already the third one. And the third one was double. Oh my, the journey to the hotel seemed to be much shorter earlier..

The second day was for the city tour. Felt like a local on the streets – thanks Google maps street view. Lima is divided into three areas, which are ancestral, colonial and contemporary Lima. We started our tour with a panoramic view of the Pucllana Pyramid, which is a magnificent ceremonial and archeological center built in the 4th century and considered to be a sacred village by the Incas. We continued our tour in Colonial Lima. I fell in love with the architecture there, it was just amazing! There we visited the Historical Center of Lima with its monuments and Colonial edifications, such as the Paseo de la República, the San Martín Square, the Main Square, the Government Palace, the Archbishop’s Palace, the Cathedral Basilica and the City Council Palace among others. The highlight was the visit to the underground vaults, known as Catacombs. The tour ended discovering the traditional residential areas like El Olivar of San Isidro, Miraflores and Larcomar in Contemporary Lima. Later this day we decided to try out the second Peruvian superstar – ceviche. And it was delicious! Peruvian cuisine keeps surprising us.

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