We left Rio on March 23, 2015, to fly to Lima to join our next tour, which has us traveling to both the Andean region of Perú (and Machu Picchu), as well as to Ecuador to see the Galápagos Islands. Both of these destinations have been on our bucket lists for years, and we’re really excited to set off on our new adventure!
Our first day in Lima was a down day so we could recharge our batteries after the last trip, including having a mountain of laundry done at the hotel, and having the all-important nail appointment. Our hotel, the Belmond Miraflores, is incredibly nice, and Jim checked out the rooftop pool and bar. There’s also a beautiful open air mall built into the hillside above the coast right next to our hotel. After watching the sun set over the Pacific, Jim and I had dinner outside at a great Peruvian restaurant in that mall, called Tantu.
The next day, we joined our new tour group, and set off for central Lima to see the private museum of Rafael Lorca Herrera. What an amazing museum dedicated to Pre-Colombian Peru! Just the sheer size and diversity of the collection was mind-boggling, particularly in this day and age where comparable cultural cache are usually in the hands of the government.
However, I think most of us would agree that the highlight of the day was our visit to a hacienda just outside Lima where the family raises and shows the famous Peruvian Paso horses.
These beautiful horses are distinguished by their unique gait which has all four of their legs moving at the same time (as opposed to the two by two style of all other horses). Once you get used to it, the benefit is that it is a much more comfortable gait, particularly if you are going to spend hours in the saddle. Luckily, we only had to ride around the arena, and then we were treated to a great barbeque and show of folkloric dancing, Peruvian style.
We ended our day with a tour of downtown Lima and with dinner in a historical mansion.
Tomorrow, March 26th, we fly to Cusco, to begin our Andean adventure.