“Trek” to Machu Picchu – Lima, Peru

I wanted to start my Peru series on “Sunday Funday” because this is one of the most incredible and adventurous trips I’ve ever been on!!

Five friends and myself planned a week long trip to Peru in August 2014 with the main focus being Machu Picchu. We flew into Lima, Peru and had our first of many “interesting” taxi rides to our hostel. Let’s just say I’m glad I didn’t have to rent a car and drive around Peru! We spent the first and last days of our trip in Lima and both times we stayed at Puriwasi Hostels in the Miraflores district.

On our first full day in Lima, we walked to the Huaca Pucllana ruins and spent time touring them. Our guide explained the history of the ruins as well as some fun Peru facts.

At the Huaca Pucllana ruins
Huaca Pucllana ruins in the middle of the city of Lima
Me with the Huaca Pucllana ruins in the background
Hanging out with my llama friend at the ruins
We learned guinea pigs (cuy) are a delicacy in Peru! We were curious if these little guys were raised to later be served at the restaurant at the ruins!

From the Huaca Pucllana ruins, we walked to the Huaca Huallamarca ruins, but didn’t tour them. I was able to get a picture of the pyramid from outside the fence shown below.

We took taxis to Plaza San Martin to begin another walking tour of some of the plazas, churches, and other ruins in Lima.

Monument for Jose de San Martin at the Plaza San Martin
Iglesia de la Merced
Hanging out in the Plaza de Armas
La Catedral de Lima

We grabbed taxis again and headed to El Parque del Amor or Love Park in Miraflores. The view from the park, which is on the top of a cliff, was beautiful! After walking for awhile from the cliff to the Miraflores beach, we spent some time relaxing on the rock covered beach. The beach was popular for surfers and there were several companies offering surfing lessons.

El Parque del Amor or Love Park in Miraflores – view from the cliff
Miraflores beach with the pier we walked out on
Miraflores beach with the cliff where Love Park is. You can see some surfers in the water.

We were feeling brave and hiked all the way back up the cliff and walked quite a ways back to our hostel. We ventured out for dinner near our hostel and Parque Kennedy. Some of us split a meat sampler and I learned the hard way that I do not like cow heart!!!

Me and the meat sampler with cow heart!

We squeezed a lot of Lima sightseeing into one day, but it was totally worth it! The next morning we hopped on a plane to Cusco, getting one step closer to Machu Picchu! You can read all about Cusco in my next post!

Recommendations:

  • Puriwasi Hostels – I really liked the location near Parque Kennedy in Miraflores. The hostel has a rooftop bar with reasonably priced drinks and free breakfast in the morning. The one thing I disliked was how loud it was at night. We could hear music playing all night from a nearby club.
  • Huaca Pucllana Ruins– I really enjoyed walking around these ruins and learning about their history. I’d recommend visiting them!
  • Love Park/Miraflores Beach – Probably my favorite part of our stay in Lima. The sound of the waves hitting the rocks on the beach was really awesome!
  • Parque Kennedy – We called this the “cat park” because we could always find stray cats hanging out there. It’s a nice place to walk around and they have a small market there on certain days.

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