It was a 4.5 hour flight to Lima and I was lucky for a change. Off the aircraft at 10.35pm and quickly through immigration, bags arrived immediately and driver waiting. After breakneck drive which last time took two hours arrived at hotel at 11.30 !
Even luckier was my choice of hotel, part of a relatively new Peruvian group called Terra Viva. Super clean, friendly staff, biggest bed I have ever had (not just on this trip…ever) and as I discovered the next morning a fantastic breakfast taken on 8th floor terrace.
Decided to venture downtown to the historic centre. The buildings were striking with obvious Spanish and Moorish influences.
But away from the main squares, where one could breath a bit, it was run down, humid, stifling hot and smelly in places.
After walking through the old town I arrived at the old railway terminus building seen at the end of the road past the Andean lady selling her wares. This marks the end of the main town but wander beyond the station and you can see the hillside settlement, I guess like the favellas in Rio.
It seems so distant from the relative comforts of Miraflores where I am staying. After a beer and a cigar and some photoshots I decided to head back.
I had already been stung by the taxi on the way down, there are no meters so you have to negotiate before you set off. Impossible without Spanish or the knowledge of roughly what the fare should be. Decided to give Uber a go. Worked a treat, pre agreed price paid via PayPal, good quality car and aircon for one third of the first trip!!
Back to my haven, write blog, and nap before setting off on my evening treat.