Historic Center of Lima

I finally took a trip down to the Historic Center of Lima, a Unesco designated site. I usually walk to where I am going but it was 5 plus miles from where I was staying so for expediency’s sake I took the metropolitano, Lima’s rapid bus system. The buses have their own designated lanes, and are fairly modern. To use them one must buy a card and put money on it. The machine to do so was not very friendly and the screen timeout seemed to be 3 seconds. I actually had to ask someone in line behind me for help to get funds added to my new card. I was able to get one initially, but not load funds on. Even with help some coins were rejected, and the bill reader was almost unusable. I didn’t try it since I had seen a bunch of people that preceded me…

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Exploring Miraflores District of Lima, Peru

Now that I relocated to Miraflores to a new airbnb, I explored that trendy section of Lima. It’s full of beautiful parks and the views along the cliffs are breathtaking as well.  A popular destination is Parque del Amor. When walking there, you’ll see a bunch of couples engaged in public displays of affection. It’s a nice spot to visit if just for the views though. Some of the benches are reminiscent of parque guell in Spain which adds a fun flair to it. This is the epitome of what you see in the park. What I like about the Miraflores district is that it’s parks string along the top of the cliffs and are interconnected. So you can walk for hours and visit different parks along the way. Someone was playing with this drone as I walked by. I thought it a fun shot since it also showed the lighthouse in…

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Remaining Images From My Time in Lima

There were a few things that I have not mentioned or have omitted from my time in Lima so I thought I would put the balance of my random thoughts, and imagery together. It is embarrassing to admit but it took a week and a half to focus in on one particular thing about Lima. While I had taken note of the iron fences and seemingly over the top security, I had assumed the wires around the homes were barbed wire until I took a closer look. They are ELECTRIFIED FENCES!!! I am not sure if they are all active, but I started to notice there were several company signs hanging from the fences. I wonder if this is similar to what people do in the states with fake signs?? Probably not because the coils and such looked official. I also wasn’t going to venture a touch to see if…

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Arrival at Cusco

I gifted myself a 22.5hr bus ride to cusco on what I consider to be a luxury bus. There were definitely cheaper ones but if you are going to be stuck on a bus that long certain things make a difference. I booked with cruz del sur, a company I am familiar with. They have drivers that don’t speed on hair pin turns, are well organized, and stick to their schedule as much as possible. While I had traveled with them before, nothing could have prepared me for the level of comfort that awaited me. Things I did know? That I would be on the second level of a double decker bus and that I had a loaner seat. What I mean by that is that the layout is 2 seats on the left side of the bus and one on the right. All seats had touch screen displays that…

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Hiking up to Cristo Blanco

I woke up and had a long talk with my host Euler about the construction of the new international airport, his background, and his activities. It was refreshing to speak with someone so thoughtful, driven, and with a long term plan. At the moment he was working on setting up his tour company. After our talk, I went back to what will undoubtedly be my regular spot for lunch. The meals are good, filling, and cheap. The plan for today was to walk around the historic center. The church of Santo Domingo was one of the first things I stumbled upon. I thought I would enter until I saw it was inundated with people. As I attempted to take some photos, I found out my camera battery was dead and started taking photos with my phone.  Something I am not the most comfortable with. I just think it’s a good…

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