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Lima, not quite how I remembered it

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I stumbled  out of my hostel on to the early morning street, but somehow it all seemed wrong. It was sunny and bright. The streets were spotless and the buildings brand new. The lush green grass and trees in the parks were trimmed to the perfection by what I later found out was armies of gardeners. People even cleaned up after their dogs. This wasn’t the gray, dodgy and dirty Lima I remembered from four years ago.

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It is funny what four years, different area and different timing can do to your experience of a city. Four years ago when I last visited Lima, I didn’t really like it. I liked other parts of Peru very much, but Lima, not so much. So my plan had been to just fly to Lima and then quickly move on, but now I found myself actually liking Lima and staying longer than I had planned. Well, it could had just been laziness also.

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I was staying in Miraflores, which is the nice upscale area of Lima. It’s located on high cliffs overlooking the sea. If you go the old center of Lima, you will get a totally different experience. Miraflores could easily be in Europe somewhere. Also the timing seems to make a big difference, while June is a great time to go to the Inca Trail, in Lima you won’t be seeing any blue sky, just gray, but in March the weather seemed great.

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Having explored Lima already four years ago, I was taking it easy. The most cultured activity I partook in was exploring the local ruins in Miraflores, the Huaca Pucllana. These pre-inca ruins date back to between 200 AD and 700 AD. And in comparison to lot of the other ruins I’ve seen recently, these had been build of clay bricks that had been stacked like books on shelfs instead of the normal huge stones everybody else around here used. They wanted to be different from the other tribes obviously; can’t think of any other reason to build from clay bricks instead of stones.

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As Miraflores is by the sea, there is of course a beach. Thou it has to be said that it’s not the kind made of soft sand (the kind that I prefer), but the kind made of rocks. Still, that doesn’t seem to prevent the sunbathers and surfing is pretty good even if the water doesn’t seem the cleanest.

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It has to be said that Peru is great for food. There is a lot of variance. The seafood on the coast is great and I love ceviche, which is basically raw fish marinated in lime juice, with chili and slided onions. Can’t beat that.

So yes, I’ve now arrived to South America from my quick tour of Central America. I’ll be heading south towards Bolivia, as I’ve already been to Iquitos and Mancora which are up north.  So, desert next.

5 Comments

  1. I don’t recall Lima being as nice as your pics since my visit in 2005. The Lomo saltado looks delicious.
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    • Yeah I was also surprised. I visited Lima first time also around 2005, and it looked very different back then. I didn’t really like it, but now it was actually quite nice! :)

  2. Lima has lots of cool spots, unfortunately many of them are a bit hidden and not easy to find in this huge city. Most visitors (and many locals too) love Barranco neighbourhood.

    Greetings from Lima!

    Anna
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    • It does take a while to properly find your way around Lima, and to find all the best places. You can’t do it in few days.

  3. Lima looks nice, great actually, it was very different last time I went, apparently it has changed alot, now it’s more clean and modern, i’m visiting Lima soon and cant wait! the photos look great and the lomo saltado looks delish!