Call me ignorant. Please. We just didn’t study South America much as a kid in school. Honestly, I think that is how it has kept all its wonder over the years. Somehow when I think of Peruvian cities, I think of the dusty roads of Mancora, or the colonial style that is found in Cuenca, Ecuador or Cuzco, Peru. Welcome to Lima Peru, right?
Eight or nine million people call it home. Hell, it has more American restaurants and stores that I’ve seen than our time in Honduras. I would even venture to say it is the USA of South America (from our experiences in SA that is). Chili’s, Starbucks, Burger King, KFC, Tony Roma’s, Radio Shack, Mc Donald’s… you get the point. Malls are left and right. The roads are paved nicely. There are high rises! Good lord I now know why people say it is so easy to live in Lima.
And while you can find the more traditional Lima in the center with it’s old historical buildings and the Plaza de Armas where they held Spanish Inquisition executions many moons ago, I am still overwhelmed at how up to date and metropolitan everything is.
Yes, boo me, but I finally had a Starbucks coffee after 9 months of travel. Coffee just isn’t the same outside of Colombia. Milk and instant coffee is the only thing you can find.
We met up with our Banos Couchsurfing friends Pacho and Catalina once again and took a day tour that one of the guys from Lima Couchsurfing was offering of the city. We weaved our way through the busy streets, through historical buildings, and into crowded markets. By night, we were drinking pisco sours at bars we would have no clue about with the massive Couchsurfing community found there.
Overall, we had a very fulfilling time in Lima. It is nice to be in a city that doesn’t fit the stereotypical mold, even if I do have to see the eyesore of a Chili’s blocking the view of the ocean. You do need a change up in your routine every now and then right?