April 2nd – 4th, 2013

Although I originally started my trip in Madrid, I would still see Lima as the official starting point, mostly because I had never been to South America before. After we arrived in Lima, Max and I took a taxi to Daniels house, a friend who had kindly invited us to stay with him for a couple of days. His place was on the 19th floor and therefore offered a great view over the eastern part of the city.

Since Daniel had to work on our first day in Lima, Max and I decided to explore the city on our own. Some of the things we looked at were the Parque de la Exposición, the Justice Palace, Plaza San Martin and the Plaza de Armas de Lima. We pretty much just started walking towards the city center without actually knowing what we wanted to look at. In the evening, Daniel, Max and I went to Paracas for some food and drinks, a better area in Lima which is situated directly at the ocean.

On our second day in Lima, Daniel did not have to work and therefore took us to Miraflores. This part of town is also a bit nicer and is definitely worth a visit. Apart from a great view, a lot of small parks, streets and restaurants, Miraflores also has the Larcomar mall, a shopping center which is quite spectacularly built into the oceanfront cliff. Although this is an amazing place, shopping there is only moderately interesting since prices easily match the ones in Germany.

In the evening, Daniel took us to the Cruz del Sur bus terminal from where we started our 22h and 1.000 km bus journey to Cusco, our second stop, in a rather luxurious bus. That bus trip set us back 55€ (185 Sol) which seems like a fair deal considering, that we got some food and the seats went back 165° making it easy to sleep during the ride.


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