Lima Journals

Lima and the South Coast of Peru.

A July 2002 trip to Lima by astrid_travel

Quote: Backpacking solo along Peru's "gringo trail" from the capital Lima, along the South coast, to the beautiful city of Arequipa. There was never a dull moment, from being escorted by police in Lima to being tossed about in a light aircraft over the Nazca lines- this is my diary.

Lima and the South Coast of Peru.

Overview

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I really enjoyed the S Coast of Peru, there was something worth seeing in every place i stopped and i would recommend the route.

Quick Tips:

Best Way To Get Around:

Travelling between the towns is very easy- there are lots of bus companies (ranging from luxury tourist buses to the more local style, driven by crazy men who all seem to have an aversion to actually looking where they are going), which travel the short distances, regularly.
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A new hostel in the centre of the bustling Miraflores district. It is popular with young backpackers. The bathrooms are shared, but they are kept clean by the friendly and helpful staff (who speak English). There are dorms or private rooms avaliable: these are simple but pleasant. The Flying Dog has a good hostel atmosphere with a lounge for socializing, watching TV, or using the internet. I especially liked that you can use the kitchen facilities (cuts down on eating out costs); breakfast is provided.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 8, 2002

Flying Dog Backpackers Hostel.
Diez Canseco 117
Lima, Peru

San Francisco Monastery and Catacombs

Attraction | "San Francisco Monastery and Catacombs."

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I would highly recommend a visit to the San Francisco Monastery and Catacombs. After paying a small entrance fee, you must join a guided tour which takes you around the impressive seventeenth century monastery. There are beautiful tile mosaics in the Spanish style, and the rooms still contain many of the original religious artifacts. There is a huge dome at the beginning of the tour which will have you wondering about the architectural genius. My favourite room was the library, which had hundreds of important old books and a beautiful wooden carved staircase as a central feature to the room. The tour ends in the catacombs, where the monks were buried. You can still see the skulls and bones (ther...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 8, 2002

San Francisco Monastery and Catacombs
Central Lima
Lima, Peru

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Story/Tip

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Most travellers to Peru will, at some point, pass through the capital, Lima. As with most South American cities, Lima does not fail to leave an impression- you either love it or hate it, but will unlikely leave feeling indifferent. I went to Lima not because i wanted to, but because i had to in order to follow my chosen route. I went expecting to hate it, but was pleasantly surprised, and the most memorable part of it for me was how friendly and helpful people were when they saw that i was a young female travelling alone. I will never forget my last day, when i was leaving for Pisco. I think my bus left at 5 pm, and although i had left plenty of time, i ended up sitting in traffic when i should,...Read More

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Guernsey, United Kingdom