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When reading other blogs about the city of Lima I always hear you don’t need to stay for more than a few days. We spent 6 days there and it should have been longer. I booked our first two close to the airport in an area called San Miguel (wouldn't recommend) called Safe House Bed and Breakfast that I found off booking.com. The main reasons why I chose this place was because it was a 3 person private room and I thought after 22 hours of traveling from Seattle to here it would be a great way to catch up with Paula whom met us at the airport to travel for a month with us! They had airport pick up for 50 Soles and since I was a newb to the country I thought it would be nice to have to not worry about anything after landing at 11pm.
We woke up and were greated with our first Peruvian breakfast that we would soon get very used to having! It was juice, instant coffee, tea, bread, jam, butter and eggs. On the first day we walked all the way to Miraflores along the beach where we enjoyed the rocky beach and sunshine (after our Seattle winter it was so magical) and made our way to the center of the district. This place is known for the incredible ceviche and seafood so we made sure everyday we would eat it! We spent hours just walking around (with our backpack in front since I was a bit nervous of getting pick-pocketed) and found our way to two different restaurants. The first for Ceviche was called Barra Mar and it was absolutely delicious and highly recommend it! We noticed a lot of locals eating there which is always a good sign. Then Paula heard about this incredible sandwich restaurant called La Lucha close to the main park called Belmond Miraflores Park. So yummy a bit overpriced compared to other places in Lima but well worth it. That evening we just hung out at the park and Paula (whom is from Argentina and spoke perfect Spanish) got us into a party backpackers hostel across the park from the restaurant where we drank, danced salsa and played in a ping pong tournament. Pretty good first full day in Lima.
After talking to a few other people and doing research online we decided that we would move to a new district the following day. We woke up and first went to the area of Central Lima where it was all of these historic buildings and muesums and we had our big set menu (Menu Del Dia) which is very popular all over Peru. It is a set menu of an appetizer (usually soup) and then a few choices of what the main course would be. These set menus vary from 6 soles to 15 soles depending on the restaurant and location. After lunch we went to a few free muesums and took in the scenary of what was around us. It was about an hour bus ride from San Miguel to get there and the bus system is a bit tricky to understand! Basically all different size buses stop at a bus stop and one guy will jump out or yell out the window where the bus is going and if you want to go in or not. It usually costs 1-2 soles and if you are confused just remember how to say “Will this take me to (insert location you want to go here)” and they will say yes or no. If they say yes you can kindly ask them in Spanish to please let you know when you need to get off.
After our adventure there we headed towards a Barranco district where we would spend the next three nights! I would completely recommend anybody that loves street art, live music, bars and breweries and beach life to stay here for the duration of your stay in Lima. We stayed our first two nights at a hostel called Barranco's Backpackers Inn and it was a 6 person bunk room. A bit stuffy but you get used to ignoring the little annoyances of sharing a space with others. We spent our time watching the sunsets on the sandy beach (the sandy beach is very small but if you ask people or your hostel where it is they can direct you) and drinking beers at a brewery called Barranco Beer Company. One night we decided to go to a jazz club called La Noche since I love that type of music. It was around 15 soles to get in and man it was a great show! It was a Wednesday night as well and I think they have bands come in almost everyday. After two nights at a hostel we moved to a 3 person private just down the street at a homestay called Casita Liberated Homestay. We like to mix it up between hostels and privates so we can last our year of traveling without going crazy. The lady that was running the place was amazing and the place was just incredible to stay at with the best breakfast.
As we were walking around the neighborhood one night we heard music coming from behind this wall. It was a film and music festival! It was one guy standing outside the door that led us inside to this incredible little festival with cheap beer, good vibes and great music. I couldn’t believe we stumpled here. We danced the night away and talked to one of the bands after they were done. It was so nice to be the only tourists at this little festival. The next day because of all of the flooding that happened in the north of Peru all of the water was shut off in Lima! That was our cue to move on from this city. We had our homestay call us a taxi to the bus station of Cruz Del Sur and we paid 60 Soles that included lunch for our four-hour trip to Paracas! There are much cheaper buses then Crus Del Sur but it is the nicest bus company in Peru and we were running low on options since most buses weren’t going anywhere!
5) Rainbow Mountain, Cusco, Sacred Valley
6) Machu Pichu
1) Copacabana and Isla Del Sol
2) La Paz
1) San Pedro De Atacama
4) La Serena
5) Puerto Iquazu
6) Buenos Aires