A Taste of Peru: Discover Lima, Sacred Valley & Machu Picchu Day 1 & Day 2

Wednesday, October 5th and Thursday, October 6th, 2022

Wednesday, October 5th, 2022, Day 1

This morning we left our home in the middle of the night because of our 6:40 AM flight to Houston, Texas.

Off on another adventure!

Masks were not required on our flights but we chose to be careful and wore them on our full flight! We have our vaccinations and boosters.

We gained an hour in Houston, Texas and had a layover of almost 6 hours. Dave purchased day passes for the United Club. It was worth every penny! We had comfortable chairs with charging stations, food, and any drink we wanted. Our layover was long enough that we ate breakfast when we arrived and had lunch before we needed to go to our gate to board for our flight to Lima, Peru.

We decided to arrive a few days early so we could visit the Humboldt penguins in their natural habitat. We would join our Road Scholar group on Sunday.

Both of our flights were on time and actually landed early! The time in Peru was the same as Houston. We didn’t need to worry about jet lag!

Landed in Lima

The line wasn’t long to go through Customs so once we had our luggage, we were met by a guide from Holbrook Travel and a driver to take us from the airport to our hotel. With the traffic it was about a 40-45 minute ride.

This picture really doesn’t capture how busy the streets were.

Daniel, our guide, gave us a great narrative about Peru, Lima, and things to do before we join our Road Scholar group on Sunday and Roberto was our driver. At one point we could see the Pacific Ocean as we drove along the highway. When we arrived at out hotel, Daniel made sure we got checked in and had what we needed before he and the driver left. By the time we arrived to our room, we were exhausted and ready to call it a day!

Thursday, October 6th, 2022, Day 2

No alarm was set for today! Although we still woke up early. Today we started exploring the city of Lima. Our first stop was the Park Central de Miraflores. This urban park was named because it is located almost in the center of the city.

We walked through it and then down from it was the Kennedy Park. This park was dedicated to John F. Kennedy. A bust of JFK is located in the park.

These parks are also home to feral cats. The picture below showed just some of the cats!

Next, we walked down to the Pacific Ocean. The ocean water temperature was 59˚ F. We still saw many surfers in the ocean catching waves. Most were wearing wetsuits. Brr! We were told this area is great for the beginning surfers. The waves looked big to us but the best waves weren’t around Lima they were located in the northern part of Peru.

Along the ocean were some beautiful parks. The first one we saw was the Parque del Faro.

The Parque del Amor, was a beautiful park overlooking the ocean with a huge kissing sculpture and beautiful mosaic walls. El Beso, the kissing sculpture, was made by Victor Delfin. It depicted the sculptor and his wife kissing.

After walking along the coast we headed back to our hotel where we had WI-FI to figure out a lunch venue that had gluten free options. We walked to where we thought the restaurant was located. After walking an extra mile and still not finding it, we gave up and ate lunch at a fast food restaurant of all places. We didn’t have WI-FI to search anywhere else! After our “delicious” lunch (insert sarcasm) we walked to the Complejo Arqueológico Huaca Pucllana. It was a huge excavation. It was an ancient adobe and clay pyramid that dates from around 500 AD. It once served as an important ceremonial center for the Lima culture. It was closed today and we plan on taking a tour tomorrow. The restaurant, Huaca Pucllana Restaurant, that looks out over the site was open, so we went in and had a glass of wine.

After walking 8 1/2 miles today we were ready to head back to our hotel and rest our tired legs and feet. For dinner we walked to a local restaurant called Joselo By Rigoletto. The food was delicious.

After dinner we went back to our hotel because we had an early wake up call the next day.

Below were some other sites as we explored Miraflores.

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