Lima, Peru: February 14-16, 2014

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.

Passports

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.

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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.

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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.

Lacomar

 Pinkberry say what?

Pinkberry

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!

Bike tour

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.

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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.

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San Cristobal Hill

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.

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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44 thoughts on “Lima, Peru: February 14-16, 2014

  1. I always love how cute your voice sounds :)

    Hopefully the sunburn healed fast for you. So far from the description and the pictures it looks like such an amazing holiday! I don’t know if I’d be game to try a hard boiled quail egg, just saying ;)

    Not much news except the broken wrist which you already knew about. I’ve now got some unexpected extra time on my hands whilst it heals which is one blessing.

    1. You are too kind Jan! Ugh the sunburn was the worst. I peeled like crazy. I am so glad you are staying positive with your situation — hang in there friend!

  2. I love those holidays where you feel like you come home fitter than you left! It seems like you had one of those (although I’m sure you are already super fit!). That frozen yoghurt looks so good! Pink Berry has a special place in my heart as it was the very first thing I ate as soon as I hopped off of a plane in Dubai. I was famished and food never tasted so good! It looks like such an interesting place, and I love that you can buy quail eggs!

    Well I started a blog while you were gone – and I must say, your wonderful blog was one of the reasons I decided to start one up!

  3. I’m dying over here–it looks like you had so much fun!! Still on my to-do list of course though if what you said is true, I probably couldn’t do a bike tour. I’m an average biker at best haha. ….but seriously, I’d be freaking out. I also always forget about sunscreen until it’s too late–oops! Hoping to get better about that. Looking forward to your next post.

  4. Ahhh still so jealous of this trip! Sounds like the first couple of days were amazing! Although the crazy drivers thing on the bike tour would probably have me freaking out…
    Considering how easily I get sunburnt, I’m a little terrified to go anywhere near the equator. I’m the person who practically rolls in sunscreen and still managed to get burnt.

  5. AMAZING Amy! It sounds like a wonderful start to your trip, despite the connecting flight issues. Thank goodness you made it!!! The bike tour sounds awesome; although, the crazy drivers sounds scary! Oh my gosh, Justin and I went to Antigua a few years ago and we totally underestimated the sun. We got burnt to a crisp. It’s amazing how powerful the sun is as you get closer to the equator!

    1. Travel can definitely be a bit stressful! Eek, that equator certainly gets the best of most of us. Hoping things are well Holly – will catch up asap :)

  6. I’m so super jealous. Peru is on my bucket list and Riley and I had friends that were stationed in Lima. Just as we started thinking of visiting them, they got transferred somewhere else, bummer! Hopefully I’ll make i there soon. I can’t wait to see your pics of Machu Picchu!

  7. I would love to visit Peru solely to see the ancient ruins there. Those types of landmarks, abandoned cities, are so intriguing to me. That pic with the buildings on the side of the mountain? Amazing. Totally stunning and colorful. I can’t imagine what that’s like in person.

    1. I’ve missed you too! I have been trying to catch up a bit, loving the Whole 30 recaps. If I could bike in Toronto more than 4-ish months of the year, I’d totally buy a bike.

  8. Welcome back!!! I LOVE that your sightseeing was so active – sounds exhausting, but in the best way possible. I swear when we were in Asia and Australia a few summers ago, we walked 5-10 miles per day! Also, when I was just in Brazil, we befriended two awesome girls from Israel. Apparently, Brazil/ Peru/ Chile/ Argentina are the hot places to go once you finish the military in Israel before college! Who knew? SO glad you had fun and made it back safely!

    1. I caught up on your trip adventures on my phone a few days ago… the trip looked awesome! So funny you met some Israelis while there. Yes, post-army they allll head to South America. It’s cheap and hot haha missed you friend!

  9. I am so glad you are back Amy! I can’t wait to read the rest of the recaps over your trip! So far it sounds amazing! I’m so glad you had a great time! I would love to do a bike tour around a city! Not much is different with me, I am still working on switching to self hosting so I can start regularly posting again, and waiting for a good financial time to do this. Hopefully I will be back posting soon! :)

  10. I missed you so much!!! Is that weird? (I don’t care if it is) I’m glad you’re back and can’t wait to catch up. :) The first part of your trip looks so amazing – and exhausting – and I’m sure it is only going to get better and better as the recap continues! Peru is definitely on my short list of places to go in the future so I’m on the edge of my seat.

    Welcome home <3

  11. What a wonderful start to your trip! I am in love with the bike tour idea! I’d be a little nervous too but I’m glad you and your sister mustered up the courage. Plus it’s a bit of exercise with some history. Great mix! That’s the first time I heard you talk, it was adorable lady! Have you done a lot of traveling with G tours? Can’t wait to hear more. WELCOME HOME!

    ps. I totally sang..Let’s start at the very beginning when I read it ..lol…love that movie!

    1. This was my first trip with G Adventures — it was a great experience! I will definitely post about it later this week. I have seen Sound of Music too many times to count… not that I’m complaining :)

  12. Welcome back sweet girl!! I loooove your videos!! Keep them coming! What great adventures you had these first days. I was thinking of you while I was on my vacation too, I felt so close! And I also found a workout curcuit at the beach in Spain!
    Bike tours are such a cool way to explore.
    Can not wait to hear more about the trip.

    1. Your trip looked so wonderful too! I am convinced we would be great travel buddies – we’d get in an early morning workout, eat and explore :)

  13. Those pictures are incredible!!
    I love the way you tour – all the walking and biking – so much fun!!
    Can’t wait to hear about the next part of the trip!

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