We were excited about visiting Lima, Capital City of Peru with the enticement of upscale neighbourhoods, shopping malls and all the big colonial city centre had to offer.
So after some careful research this was my plan:
🌟Historic Centre Free Walking Tour with its museums, cathedrals and churches.
🌟Visit the Mario Testino Museum in arty Barranco
🌟Take an early walk to Reducto for the Saturday farmers market.
🌟Eat cerviche and drink Pisco Sours after walking along on the Malecon.
However…once our bottoms found the comfy sofa in our swanky Miraflores Airbnb apartment, we found they didn’t want to move and my plan was abandoned!
We were a bit knackered to be fair and our long weekend in Lima quickly turned into a splendidly lazy one.
So instead this is all we managed:
✔Lounging on the sofa watching films, drinking and eating – it felt like Christmas.
✔Having a lovely evening, eating cheese and drinking wine with the fun Philadelphia couple Nicolas and Steph we had previously met in Arequipa.
✔Cooking dinners that involved vegetables, I’ve never been so excited to find sprouts in the supermarket!
✔Forcing ourselves out of the apartment to walk to Love Park and along to the Larcomar Mall, where we found shopping in Lima is really expensive, but happily found Paddington Bear ready for his long journey to London.
✔Bought much needed replacement pants in Ripley Department Store – I miss M&S..
✔Finally went to watch Star Wars: The Force Awakens, sadly there were no Spanish subtitles for when Chewbacca speaks though! Loved it.
✔More lounging, eating and drinking on the sofas…
So utter laziness in Lima, no visiting cathedrals, no traipsing around old rocks, no pounding the streets exploring the city and no wandering through the many pretty Plaza de Armas.
Did we feel guilty doing nothing? Nope not one bit!
But it’s time to move on, as a new country is calling to us. This afternoon we take the Oltursa Bus with its promised 180-degree flat seats to Mancora, a beach town almost on the Peru / Ecuador border. It’s a 20 hour overnight journey and we can continue to do absolutely nothing.
Let’s hope it’s a comfy seat!