El Buen Mochilero Backpackers Hostel
Travel Blogs from Lima
Today is a good day so far. Apart from a wake up call at 5.30 am and 6.30 am with a burglar alarm ( we think) the morning so far is pretty good. Lovely leisurely breakfast and the taxi arrived early to take 4 of us to the airport. Through into the LAN Chile checking and the guy there upgraded us to premium economy and also gave us priority boarding and luggage and a pass to the VIP lounge! Hate that! This is the first time we have ever been upgraded. So ...
... like a home by the end of our stay, which I suppose really was for the better given the amount of time I ended up spending there. I really fell for the roof top terrace, and spent a few afternoons reading in the sun, and one night drinking red wine with the other guests.
One of the reasons I liked Miraflores was, again despite what everyone tried to tell us, the bus system. One trip cost maybe 50 cents, and you can ...
... more time in the beautiful gardens that top the strange stone and brown sand cliffs of Miraflores. The beaches look spectacular but are mainly stony and so it is preferable to watch the sea from above. Surfing is popular and there are sandy beaches, but few and far between.
Peru is by far the most foreign place we have been to in South America. The people, who still speak Spanish, have a look of native (Red?) Indians and are very ...
... as to how
religious life was during Spanish colonial times.
The monastery had a serene courtyard, and a 17th
century library with over 25,000 volumes and 6,000 parchment pieces.
Here, beneath the church was a catacomb containing the bones of more
than 70,000 people. They are sorted into body parts; skulls, femurs,
and other bones, which reminded me of a similar catacomb in the St.
Stephan Cathedral in Vienna.
... I hadn't slept since the night before in LA. --- I think I'm actually going to cut this off here as I was in Peru for a while and will need to break this into a couple of posts so you don't get bored reading it all in one big hit. Besides, the rest of my time in Lima wasn't THAT interesting - mostly I just walked around and took in the sights and sounds. Oh my god, the sounds! But more on that in the next post. Come back soon for more on my travels through Peru and ...