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Lima, capital of Peru, has a reputation as a love it or hate it city. I'm going to sit on the fence... It's pleasant, especially in the barrios near the ocean (Miraflores and Barranco for example), but it is very spread out over a long distance and so not easy to get around without a car or taking taxis everywhere. I did enjoy my time there though.
The day we arrived we met up with Jenny, a Lima resident who contacted me through the travbuddy website, and her friend Elena who was driving. We went to a very fancy bar next to the beach for maracuya sours (switch maracuya juice for the usual lime juice in pisco sours) and then to Jenny's house on the other side of town (a gruelling 1.5 hour ride through Lima centre traffic on a Friday night) to sample Peru's national drink of Pisco Sour.
On Saturday we went round Lima centre, after giving my camera to a repair shop to clean out the sand, visiting the main square, Cerro San Cristobal (a mountain overlooking the city) and the Catacombs, with a macabre selection of human bones. In the evening, we went to a Peña, a display of traditional Peruvian folk dance and music, representing all the regions. The folk dancing was very nice, the intervals of latin dances were a bit much after 6 months of listening to it every weekend night in clubs. It was a fun night though.