First off, your home base really defines your experience. For us, we went with a funky B&B in the Baranco neighborhood. Baranco according to some people we met is the bohemian neighborhood. And while normally "bohemian" fills my mind with dread of dirty hippy artists, Baranco was a nice, inviting and very colorful neighborhood. It was filled with funky murals, trees and amazing views of the Pacific.
|Our future apartment
The next day it was off to Miraflores, the most beautiful (and ritzy) neighborhood of Lima. We wandered along the waterfront, passing apartment tower after apartment tower, occaisionally making wild future plans of coming back rich and buying an apartment with an ocean view. After a bit of walking we got to the amazing mall that is built into the cliffside. It is home to many stores and cafes that all have spectacular views of the ocean. It's always funny to me to see the luxury restaurants that are found in these malls in South America - Chili's, TGIFridays... but most amazingly, there was a Havana Cafe (an Argentine cafe chain with amazing, albeit massproduced, alfajores). From the mall we walked to the meeting point for the Lima Bike Tour, and spent the next three hours discovering all of the hidden sights of Miraflores. There were two humongous ruins that we learned about, beautiful parks and of course lots of views of the ocean. After the tour we tried to go to La Mar (famous Lima cebicheria) only to learn that it was only open for lunch. Fortunately La Mar's head chef owns several places so we went to Tanta, which served up some tasty Peruvian food!
|2012.5 Lima, Peru