04.30.2013 - 05.02.2013 65 °F
Today I flew back to Lima from Iquitos. After a rough start, Iquitos and the Amazon turned out to be a worthwhile visit. However, I was really looking forward to the place I was staying at in Lima. I would call it a cross between a hostel and a B & B and a homestay. I was looking forward to being picked up at the airport by the family that runs the small hostel and getting back to a real bed and a clean shower.
The flight was scenic again crossing the Andes.
Arriving in Lima, the family met me at the airport and were very nice. I was hungry and it was lunchtime so we stopped for some Chinese/Peruvian food on the way.
I had Lomo Saltado and fried rice with a bowl of wonton soup. My first Chinese food in South America.
We came back to the hostel which is located in a beautiful area of Miraflores, the nicest neighborhood in Lima, 2 minites walk from the center and main park. It was clean and quiet ... a great compliment to the sweaty stickly adventure from last week. Foggy season is approaching in Lima and the temperature was a refreshing 65.
After enjoying the conveniences for the afternoon. I set out to get my bearings in the neighborhood and ended up on the malecon, a park on the cliffs over the ocean, a 10 minute walk from my place, at sunset.
The next day I enjoyed hanging out the morning at the hostel and meeting people from Switzerland and the southwestern US. May 1st is Labor Day in Peru so i was able to meet a friend from Holland who teaches in Lima for lunch and afterward we ran the Malecon by the beach. We had another nice sunset to watch as well.