Lima (in 8 hours)

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Out of the cities in this trip Lima had one of the worst reputation coming in, and in a superficial level it did not dissappoint. The taxi situation was strange (the official airport drivers readily admit they are charging twice as much, but in exchange for safety), the streets look really poor, we were stared at in the highway (more like a large street), the traffic was terrible, and our bus station was in the middle of an industrial area. Since we had 8 hours until our bus left, we just went to the rich wealthy area next to the beach: Miraflores.

With that said, Miraflores was really nice. We ate, walked by the beach, went to one of the coolest shopping malls we ever seen (outdoors and by the beach), and walked some more. We stumbled upon an area of casinos, named Las Vegas and Atlantic City, weird to say the least, and it wasn´t an ugly area but it was a strange mix of bad casinos and business. Attempting to escape this, we went into a place to eat, and took a taxi to the bus station.

All in all it was a strange experience, too fast to enjoy, but we are not sure you could enjoy it anyway. The city is 8 million people big, and the friendliness of a taxi driver was obliterated when he was informed that Danilo is Chilean. There was some nice stuff (like in any large city), but we were glad to be in the bus... until we realized we had to watch another terrible movie and that we had a snoring (or dying) man behind us, but at least we were off to Huaraz in Cordillera Blanca.

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