Eighteen (18) hours is 75% of a day.
That’s just enough time to spend inMui Ne.
If I am having a good-and-healthy day, I would be awake for 18 hours and be sound asleep for 6.
Eighteen hours is short for Lima. But I wanted to make the most out of my trip.
I had a midnight flight from Los Angeles (LAX) to Lima. Sab was kind to drive me to the airport. It was easy to pass time in LAX. I hated it though that I had throw out the water bottle at the checkpoint.
I TRIED to sleep during the 9-hour flight to Lima. Um, NO. Lan Airlines’ in-flight entertainment was too interesting to pass up. So I watched Part 1 of the Divergent Movie series. Coincidentally, the ebook was on the tablet I brought. So bye bye sleep.
The plane landed smoothly early in Lima Airport. I booked at a night in Lima Backpackers in the residential neighborhood of Surco. Marco sent me detailed instructions how to find the place. First, I withdrew some Peruvian Soles from the ATMs at the airport. But the machine only dispenses amounts up to S/. 400. Hassle. I had to withdraw another S/.400 to cover the next few days – that’s another set of bank charges. I tried withdrawing above S/. 400 in other ATMs to no avail. Irritating.
The Green Taxi just outside the arrivals area charges S/. 55 going to Surco. They offer dollar rates but I chose to get the soles (when converted, the dollar rates are higher by $5). You settle the price before you ride the taxi. I was being charged with S/.75 at first until I pointed the ssign. They just said “Oh yes. Okay okay.”Marco's tips definitely helped.
Ride took more than 40 minutes but we found the place.
My bed was still being fixed. I merrily chatted with some people hanging out at the living room for a couple of minutes. A couple just did an almost round-the-world trip for nine months and they were flying out of Lima the next day back to Netherlands. I would like to that someday tooo….*starry-eyed*
Hunger and adrenaline kept me out of the very comfy mattress. Marco invited everyone to go to a good restaurant for lunch. I quickly accepted the invitation. At 1:30 PM with no sleep and proper meal, I was famished. It was a long but pleasant walk going to the restaurant.
I was counting the seconds until our food arrived. I was famished. Meanwhile, I tamed my hunger eating these...pop-corn like appetizer on the table.
S/. 27 for this awesomess – Ceviche wins over Kilawin. I’m sorry kilawin. The lemon tastes better on raw fish vs. vinegar.
|Rice, squid and CEVICHE!|
After that late lunch, I still had two hours of light to explore the Plaza Armas. Marco gave me a bus card, a map and instructions how to find Plaza Armas.
I failed in finding the bus stop. I asked a bystander how to get to Plaza Armas via bus. Luckily, she spoke in English. She advised me it would be better for me to hop on a taxi and tell the driver to take me to Plaza Armas, and do not pay more than 15 soles. I only had less than 3 hours of sunlight so I followed her advice.
The ride took around 25 minutes, with minimal traffic as we approached the city center.
|The church was not captured in full|
|Important buildings around|
Working out the selfie stick was a challenge. This is another skill to master.
|Selfie-stick struggles. Argh.|
Exploring the side streets. Lots of souvenir shops. I wasn’t interested in buying anything. I tried to withdraw in other ATMs but I only found the ATMs of the same bank, similar to the one in the airport. They only give 400 soles max. Boooo. Oh well. I had enough for to last me until I reach Cuzco after a few days.
I grabbed another taxi when I started losing light. There's plenty in the city center. I showed him the map. I wanted to pay for 15 soles too but he wanted to charge 20 soles because of traffic. I cannot argue effectively in Spanish so I gave in.
I was in bed by 9:00PM. I set an alarm for 3:00AM. I had an early flight to Cuzco!
'Twas a short and simple visit. The ceviche made the stopover worth it.