FACTOID: The National University of San Marcos in Lima founded on May 12, 1551 is the oldest continuously functioning university in the Americas.
FACTOID: The population of Lima is 9 million making it one of the largest cities in South America.
We left Paracas and had a looooooong drive back to Lima. The traffic was awful and it took us a lot longer than the 3+ hours it took to get to Paracas. We spent two days there unwinding before we returned home.
The Queen's brother Peter made a reservation to take a flight home the night we arrived back to the hotel. We went with him by taxi to the airport to make sure he got off OK.
Larco Gold Museum
This is a private museum of pre-Columbian art with a lot of gold.
The museum is in an 18th century building with beautiful gardens.
It is known for its pre-Columbian erotic pottery - with rooms full of interesting pieces.
We spent a lot of time in the museum and needed some rest.
On the way back from the Gold Museum we stopped at a coffee museum. Almost every little town in Peru seems to have a coffee museum.
On our way back to the hotel we passed by a Tsunami Evacuation Zone. Lima is right on the Pacific Ocean.
Lima Canela: This restaurant was directly across from the hotel and we did not want to venture far so we ate there. The food was awful. I had Aji de Gallina - a typical Peruvian dish - and it was tasteless. The cerviche was served in a cream sauce. The restaurant is now permanently closed.
Punto Azul: We are lunch there on our second day in Lima. A fantastic restaurant. It is located close to the ocean in the Miraflores section of the city. The Pisco Sour was one of the best we had on our trip. Every single meal we had was very good. It is #78 of 2700 restaurants in Lima.
We spent two nights in Lima at the start of the trip and then when we returned we spent another two nights. For both stays we lodged at the Hotel Runcu. It is located in the Miraflores section of the city - a rather upscale section with lots of restaurants and shops. The hotel is on a quiet side street and the Pacific Ocean is within walking distance. The hotel was clean and the staff was very nice and accommodating. The breakfast was upstairs on one of the top floors and it was fine with nice views of the city.
Not sure why but our flight back to Miami had a huge amount of wheel chair users.