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Peru - Lima & Barranco

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Lima, the capital of Peru and the country's biggest city. A lot of travellers seem to pass right through due to bad reports, but we loved it. They city centre was full of bright yellow buildings, beautiful big plazas, good shopping and friendly people.

We stayed in the centre for a few nights in Hostel 1900, a very cool converted mansion. We explored the sights including climbing the bell tower at Santa Domingo Convent for good city views, visited the catacombes in San Francisco Convent which was a sightly claustrophobic experience, and saw a modern photography exhibition. The Inquisition Museum was also interesting, with info on how the Spanish tortured the locals when they arrived (good but all in Spanish!). We lost Paul a few times and sampled some Ceviche...a local dish made with raw fish, fresh lime, chilli and onions, yum!

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We then had a few quiet days in Barranco, a really nice suburb of Lima just next to the popular suburb of Miraflores. It felt more like a little beachy town than part of Peru´s capital city. Nice restaurants and cake shops on every corner and our hostel was on a street overlooking the water. Deb treated herself for her last 2 nights in South America staying at a guesthouse called 'Second Home', had an entire floor to herself with huge ocean views. Our hostel called The Point had a great mix of people and we joined in on a game of 'flip cup' followed by a good night out.

The winter weather in this part of the world is a little strange. The temperature sits in the low 20s but it´s constantly misty or hazy and the sun rarely shines! So if feels like its about to rain at any minute, although it never does (apparently they only get 3mm per year)...No tans for us yet. Next up, a night bus north to Huaraz...hopefully a little smoother than the last!

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Posted by TheNomadWay.com 17:00 Archived in Peru

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