Trip Start Jan 07, 2013
39Trip End Aug 01, 2013
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One surprise for me about the city was the surrounding environment. Central and northern peru is arid desert, Arizona has more plant life! Lima is known for the ancient ruins scattered throughout the city, and also for its amazing gastronomy
After settling our things we spent the first afternoon walking around central Lima. This colonial era old town is home to crowded streets of brightly colored buildings. We walked trough the main plazas and saw the governors palace and cathedral. Very near to here (although we didnt make it) there are indian ruins hundreds of years old. There are bookshops, clothing stores, and guys exchanging currency everywhere. I bought my Spanish book to start stumbling my way through during my free time.
Miraflores, where our hostel was, is a more upscale area with a San Diego surfer atmosphere. It was really nice to experience the west coast vibe again. The hostel rented longboards so we spent day two riding up and down the coast. There was a great bike path right along the beach, and another along the cliff just inland making it the perfect circuit
Lima is the center for all action sports and adventures around Peru. Our hostel had trips for everything from paragliding the city to hiking the Inca trail. We had heard Peru was great for surfing so we opted for a small surf town 9 hours away by bus.