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Notes About my 5 Trips in Peru in 2003-2008

A December 2007 trip to Lima by maynard7

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Notes About my 5 Trips in Peru in 2003-2008

Best Of IgoUgo

Overview

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Before I got to Lima, I didn't think I would stay there very long because people told me it was crowded and dirty. I liked it so much that I stayed for three weeks! Yes, it's congested, but it didn't seem to bother me. It's really an exciting place to be. See the main plaza downtown; it's beautiful. There are little buses that circle the plaza and offer a tour to the top of the nearby mini-mountain with the illuminated cross. It was only 5 soles (less than 2.00US) for the 1.5-hour tour and worth it. I love the architecture of the old buildings in Lima. Enjoy them now because they are quickly being torn down to build modern condos.Quick Tips: You will have to have a "wall" around you most of t...Read More
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I didn't stay here, but looked at several rooms. I found the place on the internet. In Dec 2003, the price was 60 soles per night. This hotel is older and hasn't been remodeled, although the rooms were clean. Hotel Mundanos is a much better choice, especially since the prices are about the same. Internal rooms are quiet, but have poor ventilation. The front desk staff was friendly. Rooms are carpeted and have phone and TV. It's a better choice than other budget places I looked at (except for Mundanos!).

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 27, 2004

Hostal Armendariz
Avenida Armendariz 375
Lima, Peru
446-3225

Maria Luisa Hotel

Best Of IgoUgo

Hotel

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Because of mixed feelings from staying here, I mildly recommend this place. I was there for 3 nights, first in room 701B and then in room 308. The right side of the building is better, since rooms are fairly well-shielded from street noise, although horns are just about impossible to completely avoid in Lima. This hotel is on a two-block street, so it's quiet, considering the location. Rooms on the left side of the building will have a view of a parking lot that will produce horns, car alarms, diesel engines cranking, etc. Small rooms start at only 50 soles (about $15.50) and go all the way up to Jacuzzi suites for 145 soles. The rooms are pretty and have nice mattresses, fan, 20" color TV with remote...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on March 31, 2005

Maria Luisa Hotel
Pasaje Tello 241
Lima, Peru
241-7888

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Only $15US per night for a single room with private bath and hot water. What a great deal! Quietest rooms are in the back (I had room 18). Very attractive Colonial-style building that's only a block from the main square in Pisco. The only complaint I have is that the pillows are very, very thick and very hard; so hard in fact that I removed the pillow from the pillowcase and inserted my rolled up sweatshirt. There are lots of restaurants nearby (see my review on Az de Oro), but they will try to get you to eat in the hotel. Free Internet computer in the lobby. They will try to get you to book tours through them; I didn't find cheaper prices out on the street, so you may as well let them get their co...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 31, 2005

Posada Hispana Hotel
Bolognesi 236
Lima, Peru
536363

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This hotel was probably the most annoying place I ever stayed while visiting Peru. I arrived in the afternoon and carefully chose a room that I thought would be quiet. This hotel has outside corridors that pass right by your window. Because of the thin windows and window frames, you can hear every tiny noise outside. The maids come by early in the morning without checking with reception to see if the room is occupied. There are flimsy "doors" cut in the walls between the rooms so that you can have an adjoining suite, through which noise easily passes. Around 10:30pm, a nearby disco starts up, and the music plays until about 2:30am on weeknights. Take earplugs and sleeping pills with you if you stay he...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on April 3, 2005

Sol de Ica Hotel
Calle Lima 265
Lima, Peru
236168

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The web site of this place looks nice, but the rooms don't look as nice in person. The bed was kind of lumpy, but passable. The location is convenient, but it's on a busy street with lots of horn honking that starts early in the morning. You won't be able to sleep late here. The hot water kind of comes and goes in the shower but never seemed to run out completely. The biggest problem here was the bedbugs. On my second day there, I noticed bites around my waist. Since mosquitoes don't usually bite there, I pulled the sheets back and searched the seams and ticking of the mattress, and found about 5 bedbugs. It was still before noon, so I notified the front desk about the bedbugs and told them I was chec...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on March 20, 2008

Casa Amanecer
Schell 589
Lima

Casa Sucre

Hotel | "Residencia Sucre"

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Imagine yourself arriving in Lima, Peru around midnight. You take a taxi to the hotel you reserved, and they don't have a room for you. They don't offer any assistance in finding something else for you. You're simply out of luck and on your own. That's what happened to me at this place. I called that very afternoon and confirmed the reservation and they said everything was fine. I ended up flagging down a passing taxi who had a stack of hotel brochures in the car, so we had to go to a phone booth and call hotels to find one with a room available on that Saturday night. After 7 calls we finally found something and I stayed the night there. That place wasn't very nice, but at least I had something. Take...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on March 20, 2008

Casa Sucre
Calle Sucre 179
Lima

Hostal Turisitco Eiffel

Hotel | "Hostal Turistico Eiffel"

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I have written dozens of reviews on Trip Advisor, and almost never given a one star rating to something, but this place really deserves it. The hotel looks OK from the outside, but the rooms are just pathetic. The floors are covered in worn industrial carpeting. The walls haven't been painted in a very long time. The bathroom tile has had a very hard life and I wonder how it could have so many cracks. The smell of sewer gas seemed to be coming from the sink drain, and found its way into the room even with the bathroom door closed. The room has a 12 inch color TV with international cable channels. There's no phone in the room, so to ask a question, you have to go back downstairs (up to 4 flights with n...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on March 20, 2008

Hostal Turisitco Eiffel
Calle Juan Fanning 550, Miraflores
Lima, Peru
00 511 242 9498

Inka Lodge

Hotel | "Inka Lodge Hostel"

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I've stayed in a lot of hotels in Lima, and this one seems to charge too much for what you get, compared to other places. In October 2007, it's $35 for a single room, and for that amount or less you can get better. The location is pretty good as you can walk to the Miraflores area, and it's pretty quiet here (constant horn honking is a problem in Lima). But the rooms are very small, and there's only a small ventilation shaft that provides light and air in the room. The rooms had been recently painted and looked nice, but it's just too much money. If possible, check out the rooms before you book and pay.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on March 20, 2008

Inka Lodge
Elias Aguirre 278
Lima, Peru
+51 1 242 6989

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This was my favorite of the vegetarian restaurants I tried while in Lima. I'm not a vegetarian, but I like to eat lots of veggies, so I tried to eat one meal per day as a vegan. Anyway, in March 2005 the fixed price lunch was 7.9 soles (approx. US$2.35). This included either a bowl of soup or a salad, then the main plate, which usually had three items on it, a small dessert, small yogurt, and a fruity drink. The food at this one seemed higher quality and more inspired than the other veggie places. The only drawback is that it's on a busy street. Happy dining!

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 27, 2004

El Angelito Verde Vegetarian Restaurant
Avenida Benavides 451
Lima, Peru

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There seems to be a Govinda in every Latin American city. This one was pretty good and even non-vegans should eat here to get a healthy meal. There's a set meal every day for between 6 and 9 soles, plus a large veggie menu if you don't like the menu of the day. I got the set meal every day since it was a great value. Their flyer says it's open Mon to Sat from 11am to 8pm and Sunday 10aa-8pm, but the price was higher on Sunday. There’s a nice outdoor patio or you can eat indoors, too. I preferred the food at Angelito Verde, but this was a good second choice.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 27, 2004

Govinda Vegetarian Restaurant
Schell 634, Miraflores Area
Lima, Peru
444-2871

El Vegetariano

Restaurant

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I am not a vegetarian, but meals in regular restaurants in Peru will include very few (if any) vegetables, other than potatoes. I usually ate veggie at lunch, and then at a regular restaurant for dinner. The owner is a former employee of Bircher Benner restaurant (an excellent but expensive vegetarian restaurant in Lima). For 8 soles (a little over $2US) you get an emoliente drink, a first course (usually a salad or soup), and the main plate and small dessert. You also get a plain, drinkable yogurt (add anise syrup from the pitcher on your table to add a flavor). This was probably my favorite veggie restaurant in Lima and I went there most days. Every meal I had there was good. You can a...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 31, 2005

El Vegetariano
Alcanflores 199
Lima, Peru
445-6503

PastiPizza

Restaurant

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On the corner of Oscar Benavides and San Ramon (San Ramon is more commonly referred to as "Calle de las Pizzas"), it's 9 soles for a grilled boneless, skinless chicken breast with a mound of french fries and a green salad. It's probably the best value of the pizza places on this street, right on the park. Tall, lovely waitresses provide decent service. Pizzas are also good, but pasta dishes are iffy; they seem to be prepared ahead of time, refrigerated, then heated up in the microwave. The lasagna I ordered one night was hot around the edges but cold in the middle.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 31, 2005

PastiPizza
Oscar Benavides and San Ramon
Lima, Peru
242-4457

Segundo Muelle

Restaurant

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This upscale seafood restaurant is only a few blocks west of Larcomar shopping center. They're open only for lunch and closed Sunday. There's very good food here; you can't go wrong with anything you order. The menu is wonderful and includes full-color photos of many of the dishes. You can try ceviche here without worry. The prices are high for Lima, but the cleanliness and decor make it worth it. Most entrees are about 20-25 soles (about $6.25 to $7.80 U.S.).

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 31, 2005

Segundo Muelle
Avenida Malecon Cisneros 156
Lima, Peru
241-5040

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You probably won’t see a single tourist here, but it’s only a 20 minute walk or a 5 minute taxi ride from the park in Miraflores. A pretty place, with a varied menu, and excellent food. You can eat the salads here without fear, as their kitchen preps veggies properly. My favorite meal is the Emiliana Salad (comes with lettuce, shredded chicken, pecans, raisins, real bacon bits, and celery among other things) which costs 8.5 Soles (less than $3). Add a jugo surtido (mixed fruit juice drink) and you have a delicious healthy meal. It is open until 11 at night, and has both indoor and outdoor seating. With the upscale appearance of the place, and the upscale customers, you’d expect the prices to ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 13, 2006

Restaurante San Antonio
Ave. Vasco Nunez de Balboa 770
Lima, Peru
+51 2413001

Paracas National Reserve (near Pisco)

Attraction | "Paracas National Reserve near Pisco"

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If you are staying at a hotel in Pisco or Ica, you will be offered tours of the Paracas National Reserve. It's an impressive National Park, filled with giant sand dunes in an area right next to the Pacific Ocean. The tour operators generally pick you up about 7am, and first take you on a boat trip to a small island that is a bird sanctuary. Then after that, they take you to Paracas. I didn't want to get up that early, so I arranged with the tour operator (affiliated with my hotel, the Posada Hispana) to get a private guide. I only had to pay him $20US, and I had him for 5 hours. He took me from my hotel and gave me the complete tour of the reserve, pointing out all the interesting facts along the w...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 1, 2005

Paracas National Reserve (near Pisco)
Between Pisco and Ica
Lima, Peru

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This guy was mentioned in Lonely Planet as a good tour guide, and they were right. He apparently has studied everything about Peru and it shows. I recommend using a private guide rather than taking one of those organized tours because it's just a much nicer experience. With those big groups, you can spend an hour just picking up all the tourists at their different hotels before the tour actually starts. With your own guide, you see exactly what you want to see and spend as much time at the different sights as you want. It actually ends up costing about the same. Anyway, his name is Tino Guzman and you can e-mail him at tinogk@hotmail.com to get current details and to see if he's available the dates yo...Read More