We started the first day in Lima with a Free Walking Tourthat is based on tips. I rather like this kind of starts in new cities, as most of the time they give you useful tips on pricing, places to see (the ones the Internet doesn’t tell you), walk you to the areas you wouldn’t visit alone.
That city tour in Lima usually starts in a Cat Park (as I call it, cuz there are tens and tens of cats living there!), I mean the Kennedy Park («Parque Kennedy»), and takes about 3-4 hours. We started at 11 am (there’s also an option to take it at 9.30 am, but that was pretty impossible (remember that pisco sour? yup.).
Our first stop was in a very authentic bar to taste some craft beer (I guess it was done to collect good tips at the end… :D). After we walked to a city bus station to get the Metropolitano
bus that took us to the downtown. IMPORTANT: get 2.5 soles (less that 1 dollar) to pay your ticket.
For sure we saw the main square Plazade Armas. We got there right on time and saw the shift change of the guards behind the gates of the presidential palace. An orchestra, tens of soldiers in the national uniform is a nice point to add to your weird costumes list 😀
Next was a small museum and a church on the way to the Central Market, where I bought and sent a postcard to my family (that actually arrived! It’s rare…).
It finished in the Market, again, with a tasting of pisco. I was surprised there are so many different kinds of it! And most of them are really, I say it, really good! Though the video proof says the opposite… 😀
The FWT (meaning Free Walking Tour) says it provides all this:
But unfortunately, we didn’t get a free chocolate 😦 Let it be upon their head 😀
After the tour, we walked down to the Miraflores district, to check out the bus offers. I’ve heard of Peru Hop agency that provides you transportation to any part of the country (not really) at any time you need it (actually there are few serious corrections in it as you still have to follow a certain schedule). But the price was too high and we just booked our bus tickets from every spot to another one through a travel agency «Quality vacations» that offered a lower price that any bus company. All in all, about 6 tickets were paid and everything seemed stable. After there was a dinner at one of the restaurants of the mall (quite high prices and usual food, no need to specify which one) and had a night stroll back to our hostel.
Later was a dinner at one of the restaurants of the Larcomar mall (quite high prices and usual food, no need to specify which one) and had a night stroll back to our hostel.