Today we walked along the coast to Miraflores, an upscale area of Lima along the ocean.
We ate at Pardo´s Chicken (a recommendation from a Peruvian friend at Jason´s work) and enjoyed a good rotisserie chicken and chicha morada, a flavorful purple corn drink. The drink tastes something like a spiced concord grape juice cider, we were wary at first but it tastes very good. It´s warm and sunny here (with a fair amount of humidity) so the cold drinks are much appreciated.
As we walked through the posher neighborhoods of Miraflores, we were amazed to see many new buildings under construction, evidently they haven´t heard about the housing crisis here, or it isn´t that bad here. We saw many new high-rise apartments under construction, some almost finished and some just beginning.
Then we headed into the main center of Lima. Lima was established by the Spanish colonialists a long time ago, so it has some very old Spanish style architecture. We toured a monastery with elaborate art and carving, a vast library of ancient books, and spooky underground catacombs with bones and skulls of people who want to be buried on holy ground (i.e. below the church).
Tomorrow we´ll look into getting a bus to Arequipa (a mere 14-hour bus ride).