Ana reporting from Peru:
Since Darek return to LA and I went to Lima I have been busy participating in the ASTA (American Society of Travel Agents) International destination Expo held in Lima. It was a very good event where I was able to learn more about other destinations within Peru that I still never been to.
My friends Charo & Publio, our local suppliers from Peru hosted me for all these days at their house. So I had a great inside /local feeling with them and their nice family.
The expo ended on Saturday so yesterday, Sunday, we finally rested with no alarm and I was able to spend a full day sharing what they normally do too.
In the morning they took me to visit a little bit of the down town Lima which I visited almost 10 years ago on my first fam trip to Peru!
The city has changed but the main square and colonial buildings are still the same and we where lucky enough to see the cathedral during the mass and the change of the guards at the government palace with a nice show as well!!
Then we visited the food museum (great for all the Peruvian cuisine lovers!) but the signs are only in Spanish so I would recommend to have an English speaking guide there to enjoy it more! After that we went to a street called Alameda, closer to the river Rimac where there is an open food market with great local food! We tried “tachacho con cecinas” which is a type of smoked pork with mashed bananas made with some bacon …yum! And a side salad that was so spicy that Publio was laughing while I was crying for such a hot taste!!
After that we also visited the Peruvian literature house and drove by the neighborhood Miraflores to pick up my friend’s son Publio Jr. and his Argentine girlfriend Juana.
The day was pretty clear and we had a super nice view of the coast of Lima and the hills around, while some adventurous people were paragliding!
Then we hit Barranco, a nice bohemian area full of cafes and restaurants where we had a Pisco Sour of course ! My friends told me that it is more romantic at night with candles everywhere and still great view:) Next time I will come here with my husband!
After some good time with their family we went to their house and got “Pollo a las Brasas”! A typical meal for Sundays where all the family eats together.
The other son with his son also came in and we all spent a couple of hours chatting, eating, sharing travel stories while having a good time!
It was a great day enjoying time with friends and family like a lot of us do also at home, just a different geography:)
Today I took my flight to Arequipa (capital blanca del Peru!) and I had a city tour exploring this colonial city at 2300 meters above sea level (7500 ft approx) we visited the cathedral, the famous Santa Catalina convent and many other places…
Now I am enjoying the view at night having a sopa criolla to warm up a little! And I will go to sleep early because tomorrow I have a Colca Canyon trip!