A Tour of Miraflores

Trip Start Sep 22, 2011
Trip End Aug 11, 2012

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Friday, September 23, 2011

After a much needed sleep we woke up and took stock of where we were. Yesterday had been a very long day so we didn't really notice what our surroundings were like. Our room in the hostel is excellent. We booked the Purple suit, which is a private room and I'm very glad we did. We join the tour tomorrow so my thinking was that a little private comfort at the start would do us good. The bed is massive and we even have an en suite. Not bad for less than 20 a night.
Today we were up and about by half 8 and set out to look around the local suburb of Miraflores. We started at some old ruins (Huaca Pucllana) from the Lima tribe, who were around in this area 200 years before the Incas. The ruins are of a huge pyramid temple and are in the middle of the city. They have been restoring them for over 30 years and still have around 20 more years to go. It cost us 10 Sol (2.50) each for a guided tour. The guide told us that, unlike the Incas, they didn't worship the sun because in Lima you never see it.
After the ruins we walked down the the sea front, well nearly. The sea is at the bottom of a large cliff, which is lined with some very nice parks and art works. We walked along the front and then back along through the side streets towards the park in the centre of Miraflores. Here we had a rest and watched some very amusing cats annoy each other (I'll try and post a video). Whilst at the sea front the sun had actually come out but the sea breeze kept us cool. It wasn't until we got back to the hostel that we realised we had burnt, quite a lot! Both me and Alex now have very hot and red faces, arms and necks. As it was cloudy this morning and not very warm we really didn't think it would be an issue, how wrong we were. At least we know not to trust cloud this close to the equator. Definitely sun cream from now one, no matter what the weather looks like!

Tonight we have been out for a very good meal at Saqra. It is about 15 minutes down the road from the Hostel and serves traditional Peruvian dishes with a twist. I'm not sure if we noticed the twists but we we very satisfied with every course. To start we shared a Fish Ceviche, which was fish with chilly, lemon and sweet potato. The guide at the ruins had reccomended it earlier and I'm very gals he did. For main Alex had what we think was swordfish and I had a Peruvian classic (apparently) of Lomo Saltado, which was a steak dish and very tastey! The dessert of apple custard, coated in syrup and chocolate with ice cream and equally awesome! For this lovely meal we would like to thank Richard and Di who were kind enough to treat us. Can you pass on our thanks please mum?
We're now back at the hostel, very full and very tired again. It's now ten o'clock but it feel like 3 in the morning. We're trying to stay up so we can beat the jet lag, hence a couple of blog entries. Tomorrow we're going to explore the old town part of Lima before we meet up with our Tucan Tour. We have no idea what that'll be like but hopefully the other 25 or so people will be a good crowd and we'll get on well. We're really excited about starting the tour.
I'm not sure when the next blog update will be, so I hope you all stay well and we'll be back in touch from somewhere new soon.

Paul and Alex
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Alex McMillan on

Glad you guys landed safely, sounds like you're off to a good start!! Though not a perfect start with sunburn on your first day! haha!! Enjoy the tour!

MnD on

I hope the sunburn isn't as bad as the skiing trip! Glad you are enjoying yourselves and experimenting with the local dishes. Rachel is looking forward to the 'cats' video. Love n stuff x

Andrea on

Sounds brilliant so far!!

Mum and Dad on

Sounds fantastic! it's great to be able to read it all in detail. Looking foward to the next installment. x

Jack & Janet on

Lovely to be able to follow your travels. It seems to make you both nearer. Keep enjoying. xx

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