Our trip to Machu Piccu flew in and out from Lima, which afforded us something slightly more than a day and a half there.  Both nights we stayed at Hotel Antigua Miraflores.  The hotel is listed as a 3 star… which I suppose would be about right since generally speaking when traveling outside the USA the standards are a bit looser.  The location of the hotel was desirable – Miraflores is an upscale district of Lima that is known for shopping, gardens and being near the beach.  There were multiple restaurants and bars walking distance from the small hotel; however, the hotel itself seemed… unfinished.  The rooms, although spacious, were bland and lacked in décor and personal touches.

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After settling in, our first stop was Love Park, obviously named for the large statue of lovers in an embrace.  The park is on the coast, but unfortunately in May it was too cold to swim.  Next, we headed to the colonial center of Lima which has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  The Plaza Mayor reminded me of Spain, and I wished I would have had more time to wander around and explore!

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After wandering past the Palace of the Archbishop, the Government Palace and the Cathedral of Lima, we took a quick tour of the 17th Century Monasterio de San Francisco which is famous for it’s historic library and ancient books.

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Since Lima is known as the gastronomic capital of South America, I knew that a “splurge” meal would be in order.  A close friend of mine who travels to Lima regularly on business recommended the restaurant “Brujas de Cachiche” for an upscale Peruvian meal. Everything we tried on the menu was excellent and the portions were generous.  Additionally, I found the prices for an upscale restaurant to be very reasonable by American standards.  We ordered an appetizer, two entrees and two glasses of wine for around $70 USD.

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My time in Lima was brief, and unfortunately, it wasn’t enough time to get a real feel for the city, but the next morning we were off to higher elevations in the scenic Sacred Valley…

What city have you been to briefly where you only “skimmed the surface” and wished you had more time?

This post is part of a series on Peru.  Click here to read my other Peru posts.

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