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We were transported to the airport and departed Cuzco at 07:55 on a TACA Airlines Flight to Lima where we arrived at 09:20. We got a taxi to the Plaza de Armas and spent the morning visiting the center of the city. There was some kind of International conference being held in the city this day.
Lima is the capital of Peru and its largest city. Founded in 1535 by the Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro, the modern city is a curious mix of the modern mega city with some 'islands of modernity', large but orderly slum areas and colonial architecture in the city center. Lima was, with Mexico City, the seat of the Spanish rule during 300 years, and as such it has wonderful churches, cloisters and monasteries that are worth a visit.
Lima is also the best place to try the wonderful Peruvian cuisine, which has a huge variety of ingredients from coast, mountain and Amazon regions. The cold sea current in front of Peru's large coast makes the sea very rich in fish and seafood, which have a great taste due to the special plankton they eat. Fish and seafood restaurants are therefore the best, and not expensive. Lima has also a great subtropical climate, it is never too warm or too cold. People in Lima do not know what a raincoat or umbrella is, since rains are rare. In fact, Lima is built upon a valley surrounded by an extremely arid desert.
After walking around we decided to go to the famous restaurant La Rosa Nautica, the beach in Miraflores. The food was delicious and we met a Portuguese waiter who was working in the restaurant. We left the restaurant and before leaving for the airport we touched the Pacific Ocean water. After 28 countries visited we were finally touching the Pacific Ocean. We returned to the airport stopped for a coffee at Starbucks and departed at 18:15 on a return KLM flight to Lisbon. Rute and Nelson had to wait for another hour for their Iberia flight.