What if I travel to…Lima, Peru ($40/2p Daily Cost)

Note: Mac died, resulting in loss of better images

After sleeping in Salt Lake City airport and taking a long detour through Detroit, I arrived in my first real foreign country (Canada & Mexico being excluded). A miscommunication resulted in missing our hostel pick up and here I was negotiating in Spanish for a taxi to an area that was increasingly described as “peligro” and warned not to go. $20 and an hour later we arrived to one of the friendliest hostel stays I have ever enjoyed, Limper B&B. The host gave us a free tour of Miraflores, the Plaza de Armas and her favorite places to eat, then continued to email us and check in the next few weeks as we backpacked around the country.

Tips for Lima:

  • Walk 200 feet outside the airport onto the main street and hail a cab, agree on a price before getting in. Most locations (even to Miraflores) will be under $10

  • DO NOT exchange money on the street or in the airport, only at a money lender or bank. Refuse torn, marked, or stained bills

  • Stay Pariwana in Miraflores, cheap beer, rooftop parties, cheap dorms. Lockers available for free during the day/night

  • Miraflores main park contains dozens of cats and is full of younger Peruvians who will come up and talk. Beautiful flowers in the spring

  • San Francisco Iglesia is gorgeous and massive, great example of Spanish influence left on the city

  • Get a bus card, ride the local commuter. The daily bus has separate lanes in the middle of the hwy and is quite fast for $1 as far as you need to ride. Buses that take to the streets cost merely change, stop frequently, and locals give good direction

  • Ignore the markets, the same products will be at EVERY SINGLE stop throughout the country

  • Beach is gorgeous, but rocky, beware of the sunshine. It was overcast and my burns turned red/purple after one day walking the city

  • Massive pyramid, Huaca Pucllana, thousands of year old in the middle of the city, $2 entry, 1.5 hour tour, amazing views, included traditional crops and wildlife to see

  • NOT a tipping culture

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