Lima – the cloudy capital

We arrived late in the evening, took a taxi and went straight to bed. The next morning we woke up being hosted by the friendliest host we had in South America.

With our amazing host - thank you for everything!
With our amazing host – thank you for everything!

We had no idea what to do in Lima. After some advice we arranged our onwards travels and ended spending three nights here. On the first day we explored the city centre, Plaza del Armas, and the downtown. Because the word most often used here was »peligroso« (dangerous) we booked an extremely cheap tour which takes you to the »danger« zone over the river Rimac to the viewpoint San Cristobal. The best thing about it was the fact that it was really cheap (10 SOL=3€). The view was nice, but compared to other cities and their viewpoints, nothing special.

The viewpoint
The viewpoint

On the second day we visited the posh district of Miraflores. It is a modern, busy part of the city. The biggest attraction is the fact that it has a beach. But as the tittle says Lima is cloudy, so forget sunbathing, but it is good for surfing. Because we extended our stay for one more night our host offered her couch for a night for free, she said it is safer to stay here than to go anywhere else.


The last day we didn’t do much. We got a chance to see the national stadium, went to the centre, enjoyed western food (hurray for Subway and McDonald’sJ) and wanted to go to the cinema, because it was some kind of cinema day with entrance fees just over one €. But all the movies were dubbed (Spanish off course), and Jure being totally against it (who wants to see James Bond in Spanish?) we decided not to go.

Plaza de Armas
Plaza de Armas

The thing that we will remember about Lima? Our lovely host, and how »peligroso« it is. Even the policemen told: »Don’t go there they will rob you«. And it was in the middle of the day. Luckily nothing happened and all the people were actually friendly and helpful, but some areas do look a bit dodgy. Is Lima a must on your South America travels? You can skip it without feeling bad about it.

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