Trip Start Aug 15, 2008
90Trip End Aug 14, 2009
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They are doing a lot of landscaping of the coastal highway - it is lined with palm trees with grass verges. Miraflores is by the sea & is a very clean, bustling town. It has dozens of restaurants but they include McDonald's, Berger King, KFC, Pizza Hut, Magic Wok & many more western franchises - it was like being in Bracknell with pretty parks & no chewing gum on the pavements.
The wine is expensive in Peru; about 3 times the price of Argentinean but the food was about the same price. Although Peru is supposed to be safer, they still warn you against having your bag snatched - they even provide straps, anchored to the chair, to secure your bag.
In Palermo, waiters would offer to ty-wrap your bag to the chair for safety.
We didn't stay long in Lima - it was just a staging post for Peru.
The journey is down the coast & then inland - all of it through barren desert, apart from isolated oasis of green rice fields irrigated by rivers.
Our journey took us past Nazca, we did think of doing the Nazca Lines until I realised that they had nothing to do with the derivative of the Coca plant. Another traveller had taken a flight in a light aircraft over the Nazca desert but wasn't impressed with what she saw - I think these lines are best seen from space, as intended.