Day One: Lima, Peru
Peru is a direct six hour and 35-minute fight from IAH. My child was 18 months old at the time of the trip so, even though he’s a good traveler and had flown before, I still had airplane anxiety. Fortunately, that part was fine. Our flight left Houston at 3:50pm and got into Lima at 11:26pm. Fun fact – Lima, Peru is in the same time zone as Houston – so, high fives to no jet lag!
We checked into the Sheraton around 1 AM. Even though we do have a good little traveler he is still a baby so despite the short trip, we kept it low key on day one.
The Sheraton is very nice, the area less so. So in that spirit, we went to visit Miraflores District which is nice and safe and made sure to head back before dark. The hotel provided a shuttle to Larcomar a waterfront shopping and dining destination. It was very touristy (yes, there’s Starbucks) but also very pretty and very safe (except for the driving part – definitely some of the worst driving we’ve encountered internationally). We ate at Mangos which was lovely and had a nice view of the South Pacific. It’s a little odd saying that and referring to South America!
We also a tour of Lima, it was okay – lots of grey, lots of pollution, 1 little taxi driver strike (Dave was sweating a little – something about the police and machine guns seemed to bother him? whatever). Lots of colonial stuff but, if you ask Will, he will tell you the best parts were the pigeons. The pigeon pictures were taken in front of a very nice church that we also toured, but no pics are allowed inside; and besides, when I wouldn’t let Will jump into a pit of bones in the Catacombs it got Ugly. Later, we were on one of the main plazas and they were doing some folk dance show. I watched some of it and Dave walked the baby since he was sleepy. When I came back to find them they had totally gone native. I think I’m lucky we got him back on the plane home.