Lima

Hello everyone,

Our trip to Lima started EARLY. We needed to be at the airport at 6:30am for our 5hour flight. The flight was uneventful (other than it was freezing). We flew over the Andes which was beautiful!

Flying over the Andes
Flying over the Andes

Once we arrived at the airport we picked up one of our bags from the conveyor belt. It was so quick we were excited that for once our bags would arrive quickly and we would be out there – 45 minutes later we were in line for the lost baggage claim… My bag hadn’t arrived. After another 45 minutes they announced that they had found some extra bags and (luckily) mine was one of them.  We went through customs and found a taxi to take us to our hotel. Our taxi was going so well… and then he got lost. for over an hour going around the same streets because he didn’t have a map or GPS. We kept asking him to call the hotel and get directions, which he did after almost 2 hours of driving. By the time we reached the hotel we were irritated and exhausted.

That night was Christmas Eve so we got some food, wandered around and had a pretty uneventful evening. Christmas day we went to Miraflores. It is the touristy area in Lima and also a rich/nice area with some pretty buildings houses. The main thing that we found here was a cat park. Right near a church is the central park of Miraflores. The church put out food and drink for the local stray animals, the cats now live in the park and are well looked after, clean and super friendly. If you sit down they will come and sit on you.

I sat down and within 10 seconds this beauty was on my lap, settled in for a tummy rub.
I sat down and within 10 seconds this beauty was on my lap, settled in for a tummy rub.
There is about a dozen cats in this picture... and about 50 cats in this park when we were there. GLORIOUS.
There is about a dozen cats in this picture… and about 50 cats in this park when we were there. GLORIOUS.
Enjoying a scratch and a pat from KT
Enjoying a scratch and a pat from KT
Beautiful kitty all curled up
Beautiful kitty all curled up

We then walked around some other places in town and because it was Christmas — many things were closed so we are going back tomorrow. However, the cat park was glorious and my favourite part of the city.

As we are going to be busy in Lima, Cusco and on the Inka Trek over the next week or so. I will wish everyone a Happy New Year and will probably do an update some time in the New Year.

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