PART 1: Roaming the Streets of Lima
¡Hola! I feel like when traveling to new cities, there are many things that are similar to previous places that I've been to. Yet, every city is unique in its own way. Something cool we hadn't seen before were these crazy cliffs stretching for miles on the coastline of Lima.
Lima is the capital of Peru, and one of the largest cities in South America with a population of about 8.4 million people. (Peru's population is roughly 30.38 million.) I had imagined that Lima would be a very warm place all-year round, as it's semi-close to the equator. As it turns out, it's not that warm and on most days the sun hides behind thick clouds making the city very gloomy.
On our last trip we discovered that we prefer biking as our mode of transportation when exploring a new city. So on our first day in Lima we found a bike rental near by and we headed off to where ever our eyes took us. I only had a few 'must see' places, so the day was full of roaming around random streets, stopping at numerous beautiful parks and biking along the cliffs. Some of the stops we made a long the way were: Larcomar (an outside mall built on the side of the cliffs), Parque del Amor (Park of Love), Miraflores Lighthouse and Plaza de Armas Barranco, pictured below.
Above: Miraflores Lighthouse
Below: Plaza de Armas Barranco, in the art district
We ended up biking around 14 miles (22km) in Lima, and it was quite an adventure! Lima had bike lanes on the side of the road, however the bike lanes would suddenly end and you would find yourself driving by cars who would not have cared if they hit and ran you over. (People drove like MANIACS here!) At one point the road turned into a one way, and we were suddenly biking against the flow of traffic. As the sidewalks were too busy with people, I kept on biking as cars sped towards me and I just prayed to God to not let my life end here :D
Peru: Culinary Destination of South America
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This blog is long overdue! I've wanted to start it years ago, but never got around to it. Traveling is my passion. My dream is to one day visit all continents, countries and states in the U.S. Thankfully I have had the opportunity to visit 38 countries in 4 different continents so far. Keep posted for my adventures and life events on my blog! - Rebecca
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