We arrived in Lima sleep deprived, but topped up with mucho comida (lots of food) as our flite attendants made sure we wanted for nothing. Am sure we were quite a sight to behold; bedhead and bleary-eyed as we exited the airport. However as always this does not dissuade the assault of taxi drivers wanting to whisk you to your accommodation or their "specially priced" hotel.
Our arranged B&B casa was located on a quiet backstreet in the suburb of Barranco in Lima. Our hosts Francesco and Carmen and their Peruvian dog Paco were welcoming. Ok maybe not Paco, but great guard dog! Our room was colourful, eclectic and comfortable. Francesco is Italian (go figure), and the conductor of the casa. He loves to chat and is a wealth of info. His wife, Carmen is Peruvian and they have been operating the B&B for about 6 years. We enjoyed several mornings of conversation with other guests, Francesco and his semi-permanent resident a young Spanish guy who left us giggling often.
Lima is an incredible city; cosmopolitan, bohemian and wealthy, and the city setting spectacular bordered by mountains and the Pacific. The Malecon (our version of seawall walk), is absolutely stunning. It runs along the coast atop high cliffs overlooking the sea. There are many lovely parques along the way with great vistas & of course the people watching is stellar!
We are already awestruck by the history and vast number of archaeological sites there are here. Our first visit was to a huaca (temple) site right in the middle of Lima. This area originally encompassed 20 hectares, a massive administration, festival and worship structure complete with gardens. Today 6 hectares are protected and are still being excavated after 32 years with further excavation to continue for another 20 years! The remaining 14 hectares of this site have been directly built on. It is very strange to be standing on top of an ancient site looking directly at the terrazas of the condos across the street.
We are now snuggled into our apartment in the city of Trujillo , 9 hours north of Lima. A very different look and feel here. We are so lucky to be here at this time as the National Competition of Marinera begins this weekend. The Marinera dance is a folk dance that depicts an older wealthy woman seducing a younger man. This competition is an all ages event and I mean all ages from 3-4 yr olds to seniors. Should be very fun. We are heading to our first event today.