Lima, Peru

Lima is a city of 8 million plus people and from what I remember from a brief visit a few years ago, it was lovely.
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Other riders and ride reports have been warning us for months, suggesting we “avoid” Lima if at all possible.  I’ve heard more warnings about Lima than any other city, including Mexico City.  The traffic along the PanAm Highway and within 30 miles of the city of Lima is horrendous and has a well-deserved bad reputation. Buses and trucks cut us off left and right, cars are zipping all over the place, everyone honks and swerves without warning….it’s crazy. I even take a photo of a bus that swerves and nearly hits Brian because I intend to write a letter to the government about it, but never take the time.
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The drivers are crazy everywhere in Peru! And we see a car accident on a side street of Lima the morning after we arrive.
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Thankfully we are off the bikes for a few days and enjoy the beautiful city of Lima. We wander along the clifftop walk near the seaside and watch surfers down below and paragliders above, even as they launch from the cliff.
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We stop by Tourtech, and meet Ivan and Inez and Johan, incredibly nice and helpful people, and are happy to find they are stocked with any parts or supplies we may need for the bikes.
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We’re staying in Miraflores which is a beautiful and modern part of the city. John F. Kennedy park in the center of Miraflores is home to dozens of cats and we see locals stopping by for coffee or lunch breaks and petting these poor kitties for a few minutes.
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We spend part of a day in the old part of the city, and it’s lovely.
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Plaza de Armas is filled with painted trees for a festival going on.
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Beautiful Lima…

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