I’m baaaaaack! I have missed you all but I have to say: it was an incredible adventure!!! It’s back to reality this week but I wanted to dedicate a few posts to recappin’. Let’s start from the very beginning. A very good place to start :) (Sound of Music anyone?)
On Friday February 14, Lesley (my sister) and I headed to Toronto Pearson airport to begin the journey. I will save you the annoying details but basically the lesson learned is to book connections on the same airline. It was very frustrating and we nearly missed alllll our flights. But we didn’t. We made it to Washington, DC and Amazing Raced it to catch our next flight to Houston. It was smooth sailing from there and we actually had time in Houston to get food. The flight from Houston to Lima was about six hours but Balanced Bites and Lesley’s shoulder made it a breeze. After 20 hours of travel, we got to our hotel and went to bed.
The next morning, after popping our first altitude pill, we were ready to go. We set out to explore the area of Miraflores. It’s where the beach is located – we were so surprised at how beautiful the area was.
Okay here’s the fun part. Or not. Lesley thinks I’m a loser but I took a bunch of mini-videos throughout the trip. Why not?
Anddddddd scene. Oh they will get better.
Anyways, Lima is built on a tri-level hill thing and let’s just say, walking is exhausting. We calculated our distance walked for the day and it clocked in just under 10km (6 miles) in 30 degree temps (that’s like the 90s). Sweat city. I actually smelled really bad and I am not a smelly sweater… Oh and wear more sunscreen than we did. Oops. Kinda forgot we were so close to the equator. But the views were so worth it.
A very cool part of Lima is a modern, outdoor mall called Lacomar. We spent a lot of time there and totally did not expect to stumble upon such “American” shops in the middle of Peru.
Pinkberry say what?
The next morning we slathered on sunscreen in agony, ate breakfast and hopped in a cab (it would have been an hour and a half walk) to meet our bike tour group at Parque Washington (we used this company). We were met by Jose and Pablo (the tour leaders) and two other girls. Then we were off!
I’ve mentioned how much I love bike tours to see a city. Sure you can rent a bike and ride around yourself, but learning about the city is awesome. I had no idea Lima was so rich in history and culture. We saw some very important political spaces and all around amazing culture – like instead of hot dog vendors, they push carts selling hard boiled quail eggs! So cool.
At one point, we bumped into a tour group from Israel. It was so much fun and pretty neat to put our Hebrew to use in the middle of South America. And then we went into a church. LOL. But it was beautiful. As were all of the sights.
Not gonna lie. Riding the bikes in Lima were a bit terrifying. The intersections are “debatable” (as Les puts it) and the drivers are insaaaaaane (as I put it). But we made it back in one piece.
As if 4 hours riding bikes wasn’t enough for us, we decided to walk to an area called Barranco to explore and see the Bridge of Sighs.
I honestly have no idea the significance of the bridge but the area was very neat. We were so hot and exhausted and clocked in another 6km (3-ish miles) of walking. We literally collapsed when we got back to the hotel.
I could have fallen asleep then and there (oops, I did) but we had to meet up with our tour group. I should explain that the rest of our trip we toured with G Adventures. In order to get to the Sacred Valley, Cusco, Aguas Caliantes and Machu Picchu this made the most sense both planning wise and economically.
There were 6 of us on the tour: Les and I, a mother/daughter from Australia and another mother/daughter from Toronto (wooo!) And of course our awesome guide Jorge (love). We got the rundown and then hit the hay because we were meeting at 4:30am the next morning to catch our flight to Cusco, Peru to begin our next part of the adventure.
Stay tuned… it’s a good one :)
P.S. Before I left, I had the privilege of chatting with Adam and Devon Bate on their podcast – the Lifestyle Accountability show. You can check it out here.
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