Trip Start Feb 06, 2011
20Trip End Jul 24, 2011
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As it was Amanda’s last night before heading back home we decided to see her off in style and try out some of Lima’s nightlife, especially since booze was back on the menu as the election was over
Feeling incredibly hungover the next morning we headed out to see a few of the sights including the Parque del Amor in Miraflores, complete with a rather lewd statue, and hit up some shops for Amanda to buy last minute souvenirs before saying a sad farewell. It felt rather odd for it just to be the two of us once more, and that we’d have to make conversation on our own!
The remaining time spent in Lima was spent on a slightly wild-goose chase to get hold of some anti-malarial pills (luckily we succeeded), a meal in Chinatown and checking out a recently opened exhibit of artefacts from Machu Picchu in the centre of town
Finally we headed off to find a sight that Anna has been talking about for our entire time in South America. In the centre of Plaza San Martin there is a statue of the liberator with a lady, Madre de la Patina on the front. Commissioned by the Spanish from local craftsmen it suffers from the word ‘llama’ having two meanings in Spanish – the South American camelid and flames. Needless to say she doesn’t have a crown of flames on her head…
From Lima we headed up the coast to the small town of Mancora to spend a few days relaxing on the beach after a few hectic weeks. We quickly found a spot on the beach with cold beers and fresh ceviche on tap and sat back to enjoy the sunshine and 35°C heat. Attempts at swimming were soon called off after Anna nearly lost her bikini in the rough sea – we should have known as Mancora is known as a top surfing spot.
Despite copious amounts of SPF30 we still got burnt, and as the following day was overcast there wasn’t a huge amount to do other than read our books and write blog posts. In all honesty we were a little underwhelmed with the town itself given the rave write-up in the guidebook – it has grown quickly and is very touristy, so it wasn’t a difficult decision to bring our time in Peru to an end and see what Ecuador would have to offer.