Hugely impressed as we land in this well loved metropolis... but soon whisked away
to the affluent area of Miraflore lying on the shores of the Pacific, perhaps a more skewed view of Lima, Peru.
You really could be in any part of the world with high rise buildings, shopping malls and exquisite restaurants boasting great views of the ocean..
We were very lucky to have a contact, Lidia, a Peruvian, who showed the sights and sounds of downtown Lima. She herself insisted how improved Lima has become in the last 10 years as she herself could not walk in the squares without being hassled by young homeless children.
We tasted the local Pisco Sour in one of the oldest hotels of Lima, strolled through the squares to arrive at the Presidents Residence to see the changing of the guards.
How fortunate to spend a weekend in Lima when 21 presidents of the world decided to convene for APEC. We have never felt so safe!
The streets were adorned with Spanish colonial architecture, wide lanes and immaculately clean. Truly impressed with the security and the friendliness of the Peruvians and shocked by the extent of the Japanese migration.