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Amar a Lima, Perú

So after our night bus from Huanchaco, we arrived in Lima in the morning…in desperate need of a shower! We had a couple of hours to kill before we could check into our hotel, so we all went to go and explore and have some breakfast/lunch. We took a bus to the very touristy part of the city…(we were staying in a more residential area) ‘Miraflores’. It was very western. Full of Starbucks and Maccy D’s!

We had lunch in Miraflores Mall – an outdoor mall overlooking the ocean (shown in the photos). A lot of us actually had Burger King for lunch and I’m not even embarrassed to say it! As much as it’s nice to try and always eat local cuisine, sometimes when you’re travelling, it’s convenient to occasionally have fast-food as it’s usually the cheaper option!

Our hotel was pretty old but perfectly adequate…just not as nice as the other hotels we stayed in. In the evening, we went out for a nice, local dinner and then found a lovely bakery/ice cream parlour to have dessert!

On my last day, I continued to wonder around the city. I found a lovely café/bistro to have lunch…it’s quite popular in South America to offer a lot of set menus so I went for one of those!

 

 

A short stopover in Huanchaco, Peru

For those of you who don’t already know, Huanchaco is a vacation beach town in the city of Trujillo, Peru. It’s known for its surfing, ceviche and stunning sunsets!

Friday 26th January (Máncora – Huanchaco) – we had our overnight bus this evening so we had a lot of time to kill! (this is why we only had a short amount of time in Huanchaco) I relaxed at the hotel for most of the day and went for ice cream in the afternoon. A lovely ice cream café/shop that did homemade ice cream on a cone for about $1.50! We then caught our overnight bus at around 10pm.

Saturday 27th January – So we arrived at our hotel in Huanchaco in the morning. Pretty much right on the beach…just a smallish promenade separating our hotel from the ocean! As well as a nice hotel pool! We had a couple of hours to kill until we could check into our rooms so most of us went to go and explore. We hadn’t had any breakfast and I was starving so I went to go and find somewhere that served breakfast/brunch. Myself and one of the other girls on the tour found a cute café to eat. We had a lovely waitress that served us and I ordered warm Nutella and plantain pancakes served with fresh mango juice…delicious!

We mostly just relaxed the rest of the day. For dinner, we all went back to the same café! I went on about how good my pancakes were that the others wanted to see what all the fuss was about…and we were not disappointed, great food again. The service was a little slow but I guess that’s to be expected when you have a big group and the food was all cooked fresh to order.

Sunday 28th January – We had another night bus to catch this evening (only at about 10pm) so we had another full day in Huanchaco. In the morning, I walked down the street to a lovely bakery and had coffee and a donut! The bakery seemed popular considering I could barely find a spare table!

In the afternoon, myself and one of the other girls on my tour found a cool vegan café/bar down the road from our hotel and had a delicious vegan chocolate cupcake! Very hippy vibes and seemed to be particularly popular with the surfers. We liked it so much that we went back there for dinner with another one of the girls on my tour!

That evening we took the night bus to Lima at about 10pm.

 

Beachfront vibes in Máncora, Peru

Wednesday 24th January (Cuenca – Máncora) – So we had to meet in the hotel lobby at 6:15am to catch our taxi to the local bus station. At 7am, we caught our bus to the border. Luckily, customs didn’t take too long – only about 30/40 minutes. Sometimes, you can be at border crossings for hours! We then caught a private bus to the hotel. We arrived at the hotel (Las Oras) around 3:30pm. A beautiful, boutique-style hotel right on the beach (hence why I named this post ‘relaxing in Máncora’!). My room was the beachfront view room – literally 10 metres away from the ocean!
We went out to explore the town. Lovely craft markets and cute food carts selling churros and coffee. For dinner, we strolled into the town and found a local restaurant that did a set menu for 10/s ($3!). We had a choice of roughly 5 different starters and 5 different mains with a cool drink included. I went for ceviche and chicken schnitzel. Later on, we stopped to buy rum and Coca Cola at the local mini mart and had a party on the beach!

 

Thursday 25th January – we went for a lovely breakfast at a local café – a set breakfast consisting of bread, coffee, fruit and yogurt. We then spent most of the day relaxing on the beach! For dinner, we went back to the same restaurant as the night before, I went for tequeños (Peruvian cheese bites) and for mains I had a fried egg, fried plantain and rice…delicious!

 

 

 

 

 

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