We had always wanted to visit Machu Picchu, so this year we planned a trip in October for Lima, Cusco, and Machu Pichu. October is the beginning of their Spring and rainy season, but we had near perfect weather the entire time. The sights were amazing, food was ok, and the travel was very complicated and tiring, but it was all worth it. Here are some pictures of our adventures, along with some narrative about it all.
Two Days in Lima – We arrived late Thursday night so basically had all day Friday and Saturday to discover Lima. The Radisson Miraflores is a very modern nice hotel, and we were allowed two drinks free each day, so we went onto the rooftop terrace and had two pisco sours – Bienvenidos a Perú! The first day we walked from our hotel down to the ocean. They have a really nice green space and parkway you can walk on along the cliffs and also a nice shopping mall called Larco Mar. We checked there with Perurail on our train tickets and then had lunch overlooking the Pacific – I discovered a tasty Peruvian beer, Cusqueña, while David tried the Pilsen. Ceviche was tasty but too much to eat, and their take on Mexican food is pretty bland.
In the afternoon David had pre-paid a tour of Lima in English, but when the van showed up the guide said that it was Spanish-only, so after a few phone calls and threats to reverse charges and post negative feedback we were scheduled for a tour the next a.m. which worked out better as we had a stellar guide who was very sweet. So instead of doing the tour the hotel called a car service and he took us to Museo Larco with pre-Incan artifacts. The Sala Erotica was very interesting indeed!
That night we ate at a place called Pardo’s, specialising in pollo a la brasa, which was very tasty. I hear they are a chain and planning to expand to the U.S. At this point we also started taking Dymox for the upcoming altitudes of 8,000-11,000 feet in Cusco – the side effects are very strange, one being any carbonated beverage does not taste right – so long Cusqueña cervezas & hello more Pisco Sours! We found a gay night at a local bar called “Las Noches de la Gorda”.. very strange with videos of fat chicks, and as is the case in all latin countries things didn’t get going to long after we left for the hotel and bed.
The next day was the tour and then we walked to some pre-Incan ruins called Huaca Puclana – very interesting and the entire thing was made out of mud bricks – it never rains in Lima as it’s a desert, our tour guide said the last time was over 20 years ago! Here are some highlights –
Sunday we were jetting our way to Cusco!https://juantana.wordpress.com/2011/10/16/peru-trip-october-2011-2/