Surprised by Lima...
Trip Start Oct 05, 2012
64Trip End Apr 01, 2013
Map your own trip!
Show trip route
Stepping off the bus in Lima, I felt remarkably fresh for my 3rd overnight bus journey in 5 days. Perhaps in mind only because as I stood waiting for my baggage I was singled out of the crowd by a local 'Embajadores para Cristo' and presented with a leaflet about the Eternal Life
First up, I had a wander around Miraflores (nice area, heavily policed so very safe and with lots of restaurants etc catering to tourists and the many Limeņos who live in the modern apartments blocks) eventually finding my way down to the ocean. Although hazy due to the smog, the view along the Pacific coastline from the LarcoMall was very nice. There were also a lot of paragliders who constantly looked like they were going to smash into the apartment buildings but at the last minute would swoop away. Fun to watch, and I'm sure even more fun to actually do!!
I then decided to opt for the 'cheats' way to see a city - the open-top bus tour!! Although a little sterile the route went through Miraflores, past Huaca Pucllana, Parque de la Exposicion, Plaza San Martin, Plaza de Armas and included a tour of the Cloister and Catacombs of San Fransisco. All in all covering a great deal more of the city than I would ever have seen alone in 1 day. The centre especially is really beautiful with lots of restored colonial buildings and well kept parks
Although I had allowed for another 1/2 day, I lost this as exploring time the next day because my hostel would only book a bus ticket for me if I was willing to pay them a third extra as commission on top... Er no, thanks very much - on principle alone I'd rather book it myself!! Unfortunately this meant I couldn't go to either the Mario Testino MATE or the Museo de Art de Lima. I also didn't get to sample any of the world famous cuisine because I was so exhausted after the journey and full day sightseeing that I ate a pretty average meal in the hostel. Next time perhaps ;-)
So all in all, I was pleasantly surprised by Lima and think it is definitely worth a stop if you are passing through :-)
PS. Bus travel from Trujillo - Lima via ITTSA. Very good also, 2 snacks on this service and woken up approaching Lima with hot coffee. Instant, but quite frankly after 8 hours sleeping on a bus who'd care!!