We meet a man selling fruits in the street just as we start to explore this beautiful city.
This is when we try Lucuma for the first time. This fruit looks like a big potato that has a huge split stone inside. Lucuma tastes a bit like a dry peach with a slight maple syrup taste, and, I liked it! It has a thick skin that is pilled off.
My son is not a fan – but at least he tries it. I love it, so we buy one to eat and share as we walk along.
Our Exploring Begins
We head to the palace square – it is so pretty and adds fame to this beautiful city, but as we have to go elsewhere, so we will come back and explore later.
Lima – A Beautiful City
I can’t believe this is a store in the photo above. It is just gorgeous and not at all what we expected in Peru.
Had we not too many clothes already, I would have been in like a flash. Prices are great here in Lima for shopping!
Our friends take a look at the map. They are great and it is soon worked out. Another Metro is ahead and we change here.
Lunch is at a café called Los Amigos and we enjoy a bottle of Inca Kola to drink (which takes like pineapple or creaming soda).
We then walk along the Miraflores (the coastline of this beautiful city). Here, we get a lovely lighthouse and cliff view extending out over the horizon. It is well worth an afternoon or evening stroll if you visit here with your family.
As he goes climbing the fence to be in a photo that I’d asked him for, off goes the top of the ice cream overboard. He is so cranky and I can’t blame him and next time I will let him just be a kid and enjoy his ice cream. I’m fast learning moments are more important than photos.
Even the restrooms have roses in them. Love is definitely in the air here.
We continue to walk along the coastline and head to the Miraflores pier.
The pier is gorgeous, but alas, the bar won’t allow kids in.
Beer and Band-aids
A small beer is $10 or $12 and as one of the guys we are with is a long-term traveler, they decide together to give this a miss. I personally think it is worth paying more for a nice place and atmosphere but each person has a different budget, and we respect that.
As we go to depart the bar area my son scratches his leg and it bleeds. Suddenly the staff all rush to his aid like he is a little movie star! Never before has he had such 5-star first aid treatment. We were so impressed, and although we may not have ‘wined and dined’, but he sure felt special.
We wander back to locate this beautiful city business area. I am having trouble finding a bank where I can extract cash and this has been going on since Ecuador. We are limited to our credit card since our Travel Money Card was skimmed. One of the guys comes with me whilst the other goes to a museum. In the end, I have US$ and we can use his passport to change the money.
There seem to be very few banks in Peru that accept Australian ATM cards. I hope my Peruvian Sol last me until we leave – I doubt it. Time to email the bank and get some help!
That night we have dinner with the guys. They both head off in different directions, for different country buses while we head for our favorite rooftop to spend the night overlooking the city.
The Old Stone Walls
Next day we go exploring. We visit a park right by our hotel that has the old stone city walls. My son loves this. He talks about the history. I love when it comes alive for him.
In this – the old, old city, old sewer, and water pipes are still to be seen. It is an interesting area if you wish to visit or to world-school your kids or educate them here.
We then head for the Palace but we miss the changing of guards. It is a beautiful palace in a beautiful city, and it has a lovely feel to this place.
My son is getting really tired and the last four days have been long days, especially for a child. We finish here and head back to the room, but by then he is in a good mood. So I decide he needs a sleep. This is opposed but soon he has nodded off for a couple of hours.
Horse And Carriage Ride
Finally, we find the right yellow building, and we enjoy a ride around the square. We also seem to have met a Peruvian guy who likes me which is a bit of a laugh. He has followed us for the last half hour! Next thing he is in the carriage with his arm around me and my son is NOT happy so we need him to leave. Actually, it was a little bit creepy in the end so we were glad he left.
We enjoy the square, but suddenly, our friend’ is still following us. He leads us to a supermarket – but it is a department store. Thankfully, we lose him and head to the supermarket.
We wait over 1 hour to buy four things. Such a waste of time and we even miss our city tour which we had booked. “Hopefully, we will come back to Lima another time” we comment to ourselves.
Explorason wants me to dance. But I can’t leave the groceries to dance with him and I certainly can’t leave him to dance with a man. Another time and place maybe.
We have to head off on a bus in the morning, therefore, it is an early night for us.
And it will be good-bye to Lima and the ‘mad zoo hotel’ in the morning.
Questions and Comments
- Have you ever been to Lima?
- What did you love exploring the most?
- If you are planning a trip to Lima can we give you any advice?
- Tell us in the comments below – we are here to help.