Taking Flight and Gastronomical Delights, Lima
Home to the world’s best ceviche and Japanese-Peruvian fusion food, the Peruvian capital boats three of the world’s top 50 restaurants. But despite its gastronomical delights and a certain charm, Lima and its dirt, grit and chaotic traffic ranks as my least favourite Latin American capital.
Most people transit Lima on their way to Machu Picchu and soon that won’t be necessary with a new international airport to be built near Cusco.
But Lima does have its beauty. The seaside suburb of wealthy Miraflores is a great base and walking the boulevard, watching the surfers and para gliders, in the late afternoon is a must.
The colonial centre has all the beauty of South America’s other cities. The Cathedral and San Fransisco Monastery offer tours of their catacombs providing a fascinating insight into the country’s history. This is a great city to take a walking tour.
Miraflores also has offices for all the airlines within a short distance of each other, making it easy and relatively cheap to book a next day flight to Cusco or beyond.
Restaurants: for those on a budget, Edo Sushi Bar on Calle Berlin offers phenomenal Peruvian sushi and for delicious ceviche check out Lobo de Mar Octavio Otani on Calle Conlòn at the corner of Calle Fanning, both in Miraflores.
Hostels: for a party atmosphere and noisy rooms along the main road on Parque Kennedy is Pariwana. This hostel is spotless, the beds are comfortable and there is a lovely roof top area.
Backpacker’s Family Club hostel offers a quieter and cheaper option closer to the coast in Miraflores. While lacking atmosphere, I had a dormitory to myself.