After a bit of a milk run - three flights from Ottawa-Toronto-Panama City-Lima- we left home at 4:30 am on Tuesday and made it to our apartment in Lima by about midnight. Moises, our Airbnb host met us at the airport and took us home, in Miraflores, a beautiful area in Lima. The location and the accommodation are beautiful. An old fashioned building - we're on the top floor, the windows in the center, that's our bedroom. We have a wonderful view of the Municipality building across the street.
Our first day out, we mostly just wandered around here, in Miraflores. It's hot and humid, so we stopped by for a fresh juice at La Lucha. It was delicious and everything looked so yummy that we were back a couple of hours later for one of their fabulous sandwiches.
After several attempts, we finally managed to activate my old iPhone with a local SIM card! The forums all say it's simple... well, it is when you finally find the right place and you get in the right lineup! Thanks to Mr Contreras at Claro who was very helpful.
Having accomplished my main task for the day, we headed down Larco street toward the ocean. There, we hung out at Larcomar, a shopping center with view on the Pacific! And then we walked down the Malecon. It's wonderful to see so many people just walking and enjoying the park and the beautiful vista.
It was so wonderful, we probably walked a little too far for a first day. My steps had pretty lost whatever spring they might have had when we left the apartment, but I already feel quite comfortable here. We managed to walk our way back and just settled for takeout at home for dinner.
All in all, a great first day in Peru!