The most interesting places in the world impress us with the sheer number of things they offer to be seen, heard, touched, smelled and tasted…Some places have more of this or more of that, but we are swept away when a place has everything in spades. We managed to visit such a destination – Peru.
It is a county which offers a cocktail of experiences exquisite enough to capture every sense of adventurers like us, thirsty for beauty, friendship, taste…well, everything a journey can present to us.
Peru is a country which can indulge you with beautiful Pacific beaches, treat you to a ceviche, test your boundaries with beauty at over 3000 m altitude, invite you on floating island of bundled reeds in the highest lake in the world, hypnotize you with the wings of huge beautiful condors, enchant you with awe-inspiring views of canyons and active volcanoes, let you run among wild vicuñas or take photos with llamas and alpacas, take you back in time to the great Inca Empire and…
…and yes, Peru is a place which can feed your soul with views and experiences for a lifetime, but we managed to visit “only” this much within the limited time we had.
We started our journey in the capital city Lima, where contrasts abound. There were neighborhoods of the don’t-go-there type, but also many more where you can take a walk.
|It looks like a beautiful and colorful neighborhood, but we are not so sure if we’ll come back if we set foot there.|
The long promenade along the coast tempts you to stay here and spend your time enjoying the sunsets and drinking coffee in a romantic place with your friends.
The city itself shows economic growth – new roads, skyscrapers and parks are built.
Alternatively, the historical center is quite big. It has a wide pedestrian street with many shops lined in the old and well-preserved buildings from the time of the conquistadors.
The main square or Plaza de Armas, as the locals call it, was well-maintained with a big cathedral. We even stumbled upon a wedding.
It won’t be fair of us to complain about our time being short because we managed to make the most of it. We had lunch on the beach, where we insisted on eating ceviche and lomo saltado. Of course, we couldn’t skip drinking cusqueña.
Indescribably delicious. However, we had no time to lose. We hopped on a Peruvian rickshaw and went back to the city.
In the late afternoon we saw a part of the Peruvian army performing in something like a mini-parade.
The interesting part was traveling around the city. We used mainly taxis. They were pretty run-down cars, but on the bright side, inside there were mirrors attached by chain to the iron bars which protected the driver.
We caught one such taxi to reach Barranco, a Lima neighborhood filled with all kinds of eating and drinking establishments. We dined in a restaurant, suggested by our friends in Lima. Next, they took us to a bar with a jukebox to drink a glass before bedtime.
It is impossible not to mention that we were very satisfied with the quality of the service at the airport, because thanks to our own negligence and carelessness we managed to miss our flight to Arequipa. The airport staff fixed us with tickets for the next flight without us paying extra, even though it was entirely our fault.
And so, with many nice memories of Lima filling our heads, we are sitting in the plane to Arequipa. We are throwing glances towards the high mountains around us and waiting impatiently for the landing when we’ll immerse ourselves in experiencing Peru once again.
This article was brought to you in English by Marta Petrova.
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