Kapoors Year 7: Europe/Ecuador/Peru travel blog

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Excerpts from the Lonely Planet – Peru:

On its surface, Lima is no thing of beauty. A sprawling desert city clinging precariously to dusty cliffs, it spends much of the year marinated in a perpetual fog that turns the sky the color of Styrofoam. It is loud, chaotic, and gritty; much of its architecture is bulky and gray. Foreign travelers tend to scuttle through on their way to more pastoral destinations in the Andes.

This is unfortunate. Lima may not wear its treasures on its sleeve, but peel back the foggy layers and you’ll find pre-Columbian temples sitting silently amid condominium high-rises. Vestiges of colonial mansions proudly display lavish, Moorish-style balconies.


Until recently, we had never heard anything positive about the city of Lima, and to tell the truth, if Anil hadn’t paid more attention to what our friend Eve had to tell us about the suburb called Miraflores, I would have been like most other tourists and skipped the city altogether.

Anil was intrigued, and carefully read the chapter on Lima in our copy of the . He managed to persuade me to consider staying a full week in the city after our adventures in Cusco and Machu Picchu, feeling that it would be a good place to unwind after a couple of weeks in the high Andes.

For that reason, we flew into Lima and took a connecting flight to Cusco, but booked arranged to stay for several days at the end of our time in Peru.


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