17 March 2010
Wed 17 Mar 2010 - Wed 17 Mar 2010 81 °F
We stayed at the Hotel San Antonio Abad in the section of town called Miraflores. We had a very nice breakfast – their continental is much more than a donut and coffee. We were served eggs how we liked them, fresh squeezed juice, fruit, good whole grain bread and there was also yogurt etc. to chose from.
We went out for a walk. Miraflores is one of the nicer areas of Lima. We walked through several nice parks and saw the downtown upscale shops. Prices seemed comparable to US prices.
El Embrujo Restaurant
We had an amazing lunch buffet of typical Peruvian cuisine. Seth’s favorite was the blood pudding. During the course of any meal we try a little of everything before asking what it is to eliminate bias. But he really didn’t like the blood pudding! The rest was delicious. One of the favorites here is ceviche – “raw” seafood cooked by the acids of lemon juice and vinegar. It may not sound good but is amazing. We got to try lots of different types of potatoes, meat dishes with yummy sauces, etc.
The temple of the Limas.
The most fascinating part of this tour was learning how the ancient culture laid their adobe bricks to flex with the earth in case of an earthquake and/or that only parts of the building would fall and they wouldn’t lose all their work – very intelligent design. The tour guide was knowledgeable and fun.
On the way back to our hotel we stopped in a café, then we relaxed in the hotel lobby until we had to head back to the airport for our flight to Trujillo.
On our way to the gate Seth ran into a guy that saw Seth’s emergency whistle on his backpack and made a comment about it. Alfredo was from San Diego but now lives in Cusco – he runs a yoga studio there. If you are interested in doing yoga when you go to Cusco his website is: www.yogaincusco.com.
We were informed at 19:30 (when we should have been taking off) that our flight would be delayed about 15 minutes. After 15 minutes they loaded us all on a bus that we then stood on for a good half -hour – apparently waiting for a passenger. This could have been miserable but we had run into another San Diego native of Peruvian descent who now is a tour guide here. We’ve already got our whole trip planned but this guy is an anthropologist who seems to really know where to go and what to stay away from. He gave some good pointers. If anyone is interested in going to Peru and doesn’t want to plan their own trip he even does two week tours covering the coast, highlands and Amazon. His company is Nawpaq Expeditions
The flight to Trujillo and taxi ride from there to Huanchaco was fairly uneventful.
When we arrived at Hostel Naylamp they weren’t expecting us – they thought we were coming tomorrow – but it got worked out.