Lovely Lima

Trip Start Sep 07, 2011
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Thursday, October 6, 2011

Leaving Buenos Aires was somewhat traumatic.  The taxi drive to the airport seemed fine, even though my driver didn't seem too good at keeping in his lane.  It wasn't until we were on the motorway, doing 100kmph that I realised he had fallen asleep!

However, I did get to Lima safely.  I was expecting a real l dump because everyone had slated it.  But, it wasn't as bad as I expected.  Apart from the smog, it was fine.

I spent a couple of days in a hostel before meeting up with my tour group who I would spend 15 days with and do the Inca trail. 

I had been told by a Peruvian that I had to eat ceviche whilst in Lima.  So off I went to eat some raw fish and octopus!  It was lovely!  I watched as it was prepared, the octopus and fish thinly sliced, about 15 limes being squeezed, the chilli added to the marinade and finally the sweet potato and corn added.  It tased so fresh, and suprisingly, not too fishy.  It definitely lived up to my expectations.

Apart from the  ceviche, the other memorable thing about Lima is the taxi drivers!  They didn't fall asleep, but they were absolutely crazy.  To be fair though, choosing to go from the centre of Lima, to our hostel, past the international football stadium, where Peru were due to be playing Paraguy that night, at 5pm on a Friday, probably wasn't the best move!   Chelsea (crazy Canadian from my hostel) and I were finally allowed into the 4th taxi we flagged down and what should have been a 15 minute journey turned into one that lasted almost an hour.  And it wasn't for the driver's desire go to quickly, because believe me, when he had any chance he was driving like a rally driver, swerving in and out of lanes, cutting up lorries, buses and anything else in the way!  Worryingly, my seatbelt didn't work, so I sat in the middle of the car, hoping (rather naively) that any impacts wouldn't reach me there, clinging onto the seat in front!

Off I went to my hotel to join my G Adventures tour.  Tara was my room mate and the others were two Northern Irish girls (Anita and Gilly), three Germans (Sebastian, Choo-Hyong and Andre) and one English guy (Stephen).  Unfortunately our tour leader was delayed, so the first night we made our own entertainment and went out for dinner.  My Lomo Saltado (stir fried beef with onions and tomatoes) was lovely, but Gilly's Arroz con huevo y plantana ended being rice with a fried egg on top served with banana - not so great!

The next day before heading off to Nazca, we went to a tiny food market and ate local food - ceviche for most, but fish and mashed potato for me - the ceviche was the better choice.  Mine was ok, but a little bland.
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Juli on

cerviche sound almost good but not as good as BA steak! Enjoy Inca trail ... 15 days? Yikes!

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