Finally I managed to sort through our photos of our trip to Peru in the middle of June. We were invited to a friend’s wedding in Lima and took the opportunity to explore a bit more of the country. We booked a round trip with a travel agency specialised on individual nature-focused trips here in Stuttgart. I definitely can recommend reiseAgentur brandner. However, I think next time I would travel even more independently and do the organising by myself and very spontaneous.
I realised that I do like getting a lot of information about a sight but on the other hand am not as good with having a tour guide all the time. But I guess this is a personal decision and all our guides where simply great, my concentration span just couldn’t keep up :). Another issue why I booked a complete tour was my concerns of not being able to speak spanish – in the end, that wasn’t that much a problem. Ordering food in Spanish is much fun :).
We took the plane from Stuttgart to Paris to Lima arriving late on a thursday night in Peru. My friend organised the transfer to our hostel where we stayed three nights. The hostel Che Lagarto was located in the Miraflores district which is very safe for tourists.
The next day we met my friend, her husband and his family to explore the city. The main square is surrounded by colonial buildings ranging from churches to administrative buildings. I enjoyed the atmosphere on this square very much. I liked how it is a central meeting point for people where there are also festivals and other cultural events. It really is the center of town.
From the main square we walked towards the chinese quarter for lunch pasing by the central market. The Chinese quarter is full with restaurants serving delicious chinese food. We ordered different plates for the table and tried ourselves through all of them. And of course starting off our trip we tried Inca Cola for the first time. It’s a special Peruvian lemonade whih tasted like liquid bubble if you ask me.
-this street is made of so many weddings, births and other happy memories-
After lunch we headed to the convent of the fransiscan order and its beautiful church.
We took the tour through the convent where I wasn’t allowed to take photos. So unfortunately I can’t show you the old library with its very impressive collection of old European and South American books. Also the church is not only beautiful from the outside but also from the inside. A more creepy part of the tour is the visit of the catacombs below the church which have served as a public cementary from early on.
We finished our tour in a nearby local bar. The interior looked very old and I was told that it was one of the oldest bars within Lima. Being stuck in the traffic back to Miraflores we drove at least one hour and returned very tired to our hotels to get some rest before the wedding the next day.