7 April 2012
Travelling with someone I know again! Arriving into Lima late at night it was great to meet up with Alex. Our hotel was in the Miraflores area – one of the more affluent parts of Lima city.
As we have more time in Lima at the end of the tour, decided to have a relaxed day and just look around the area.
We walked down to the shopping centre on the cliff top overlooking the beach. A lovely place to relax and just wander around. I must admit, it could have been anywhere in the world with international restaurants and shops – but we will see the real Peru in the coming weeks.
A lovely long lunch overlooking the ocean with frozen lemonade (no bubbles!), scallops, chicken and steak was a nice welcome to Peru.
We watched the parasailers glide past, and I just enjoyed the sea breeze and views of the ocean. Hard to believe that all around the city is a desert!
After a long lunch we walked along the waterfront for a little while which was really pretty, before heading back to the hotel to meet up with our group.
We had our first taste of Pisco in a welcome cocktail, and met a few of the group and our leader. The typical warnings of – things may change etc were mentioned and once formalities were over, a few of us went out for dinner and several ‘free pisco sours’ in a street of restaurants that reminded me of Spain or the negotiations for the best deal on Brick Lane in London.
Tomorrow we leave Lima and head down the coast!