All winter long, a grey cloud sits over Lima, keeping it cloudy and 60 degrees all day long – midnight and noon feel the same. The city itself is no beauty, with giant grey buildings jutting up into the grey sky. The photo above is the view from our apartment. What looks like a park is actually the Brazilian Embassy, and what looks like a relatively quiet street is a traffic thoroughfare, whose loud honking we can hear all day long from our 9th floor unit.
Miraflores, where we stayed, is the jewel of Lima. It’s where the wealthy Peruvians live, where all the tourists stay. It’s one of the safest neighborhoods in Lima (which is known for its high crime rate), and where the trendy restaurants, flower filled parks, and the largest shopping mall live.
But it simply wasn’t for us. The grey weather was perfect for sleeping, but not good at motivating us to leave the apartment and explore. Though I’m not sure what we would have explored if we’d had the inclination. Lima is the epitome of the big city, and like many big cities it feels like it could be anywhere in the world. If this had been our first exposure to Peru, I would have felt like I hadn’t visited Peru at all.
The one good part (aside from the ceviche that John has been enjoying) is the Malecon, the beautifully manicured park on the cliffs overlooking the ocean. The park stretches down the coast and includes a walking and biking trail, playgrounds, mini-gyms with exercise equipment, and stunning views of the coastline. At least, they would be stunning if there was any sun around here (in the clouds they are a little more obscure than stunning.)
We managed to pass a week here in the city, enjoying the ease of having a fancy grocery store just two blocks away and taking hot showers at any time of the day (after Cusco this felt so luxurious), but we’re ready to leave. Peru has been good to us for the past six weeks, and now it’s time to try somewhere else.
Tomorrow we say goodbye to Peru and fly to Nicaragua. Apparently it’s rainy season in Central America, so I’m not exactly sure where we’ll end up. Feel free to leave a suggestion if you have a favorite spot!