Will we survive a day in downtown Lima? Mmm-huh!
Trip Start May 08, 2013
14Trip End Sep 30, 2013
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We hopped into a taxi for the 15 minute to Plaza Major, the main square in the centre of Lima. First impressions were good - busy, but a lot of families around as yesterday was Mother's Day in this part of the world. The cathedral looked nice but was closed as it was Sunday.
By mid-afternoon Andrew and I were pretty hungry so decided to find somewhere for lunch. We wanted somewhere that wasn't just aimed at tourists. After a short walk we found a restaurant that was filled with Peruvians over two floors. Not a tourist in sight. Perfect.
We managed to speak Spanish well enough to order two main courses and a couple of drinks. The first meal was a quarter chicken with fries and salad, and the second turned out to be a Peruvian chicken fried rice. Not so exciting I hear you think. But honestly, one of the best meals I have ever had. The chicken was cooked to perfection, with a lovely crunchy skin and the actual chicken was super tender and juicy. The chicken fried rice was full of flavour and just delicious. It would give Nandos a run for its money, and actually makes Nandos seem pretty inferior in comparison. The bill was 45 soles, including a generous tip to the friendly lady who served us, which is just over 11GBP. So much food that we didn't need dinner either. A whole paragraph about delicious chicken...
From there, we walked to Plaza San Martin, which is another square in the centre, then continued on for around 30 minutes to find the Magic Water Circuit - this is a park filled with spectacular fountains and a show which takes place several times a night, starting at 7.15pm. We got some drinks and Andrew had churros filled with caramel.
We flagged down the final taxi of the day and the driver turned out to speak perfect English! He didn't even try to rip us off which was nice.
Well, that's Lima. We survived it. Tomorrow we catch the bus to Paracas.