Lima, Peru

Balconies 1

The last two days of our trip were spent in Lima, Peru’s capital. I normally like to find the positive in every city’s character, but I found Lima to be gray and dodgy with a negative energy. There is a very lonely and dangerous element there.

Seaside

Still, there are some sweeter aspects of the city.

The balconies are one of the main attractions. Some citizens are saving money to have them preserved. We stopped at a restaurant near the Plaza de Armas and sat in the balcony as families walked by.

Balconies

They look poetic, don’t they?

Balconies 2

On the first day we arrived, we took a walk from the Miraflores neighborhood towards the city center. We started to get hungry in the early afternoon, but all of the small restaurants we passed offered fish and meat specialties for lunch. I noticed a health food store in a neighborhood called Lince, and E. saw that they offered a fixed menu (an appetizer, entree, dessert, and tea) for U.S. $2. The shop was called Vida Abundante at Petit Thouars No. 2545.

Vida Abundante

The soup entrada was so good on a chilly day. When I first saw the soup, I thought the whole corn was a flower garnish. The restaurant offered traditional Peruvian meals with soy meat. Peruvian cooks are fantastic–dare I say the best in South America? The only downside to Peruvian food is that cooks serve potatoes with rice. I don’t have a problem with eating carbs, but two carbs at one meal is a little heavy.

Veg Soup

I will never forget the suspiro dessert we ate at Maga mis Suspiros in the barrio of Miraflores. Suspiros are a rich Peruvian pudding with meringue cream on top. E. and I shared a passionfruit suspiro. The pudding was the richest I’ve ever tasted and must have been comprised of real passionfruit and cream. We left our camera back at the hostel, so I don’t have a picture, but I did find a photo of elegant lemon suspiros here. The dessert shop was written up in LAN Airline’s magazine “In.” Maga mis Suspiros is located at Avenida Benavides 1113, Miraflores.

One of our favorite aspects of the city was the bustling public transport. The minibuses appear to be privately owned by a number of companies. When the buses brake at the street bus stops, a designated “salesman” jumps off and cajoles pedestrians and passersby to hop on. Sometimes they shout out chants. Sometimes they flirt with the young ladies walking by. When the bus starts up again, the salesman collects the money, hands out tickets, and then sticks his head out of the side door to look for other prospective riders.

City Bus

We arrived on the weekend of the Festival of the Papa (potato). A tasty Peruvian potato dish is called Papas a la Huancaína which is cooked potatoes with a yellow cream pepper sauce and olives and hard boiled eggs on top.

Dia de La Papa

The grocery store had an entire aisle dedicated to all of the types of potatoes.

Papas

Last but not least, the Plaza de Armas in the center of the city is a must-visit.

Plaza de Armas

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9 responses to “Lima, Peru

  1. Oh my goodness. We are dying to go to Lima. We want to go this year, but I’m not sure we can afford it. I’m SO jealous.

    Oh, and you should read this post I wrote about running a few days ago. lol. You’ll relate.

    http://eatmovewrite.blogspot.com/2009/06/blog-post.html

    Have a wonderful day/week!

    Thanks!😀

  2. That’s really too bad to hear about Lima. I’ve always wanted to go there and thought it might be the exception to the rule (Aside from B.A. capitol cities in LA generally suck).

    I know–I agree. I wanted to love it.

  3. I think you gave Lima a very fair shake. You didn’t mention the choking pollution, nor the miles and miles of snarled traffic to get to anywhere from the airport. I’m sure Lima is a great place to get to know (and eat your way through), but that stuff you see at first glance is a bit hard to love. It’s kind of fascinating anyway though, isn’t it?

    Maybe not fascinating, but very different.😉

  4. Hi! Thanks for your comment about the Chebe pizza. Chebe mixes are just a cheaters version of Brazilian cheese bread. In other words, tapioca flour, salt, baking powder and spices. You could easily make it at home if you can get a hold of some tapioca flour! Best of luck and I hope you are feeling better. I know you were pretty homesick.

    Thanks for the info, Katrina!

  5. You know what’s funny about my earlier comment on this post. I actually DID read what you said about Lima, but I was so excited you went there that I completely ignored it. lol. I’m so silly.🙂

    Have a great day my friend.

  6. That’s too bad! I’ve always wanted to go to Lima! What are the people like?

    I’m afraid that I didn’t get a good sense of the people since we were in such touristy areas.

  7. I never really thought about visiting Peru. It looks like a potato lovers paradise.

    I think our public transportation should recruit salesmen to attract more riders!

    I was quite jealous at all of the potato options, Diann!

  8. I had a long layover in Lima back in March on my way to Buenos Aires, and I had plans to get out of the airport and walk through Miraflores, have lunch, etc. I was exhausted when I arrived, and when I looked out the airport windows the sky was gray and depressing and there was a heaviness in the air, hence I never got to know Lima one bit. Perhaps I didn’t miss much.

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