After the passport mishap, an 11+ hour flight, and an expensive taxi ride (we were too tired and grumpy to find the cheaper ones a little away from the airport) we got to our Hostel in Lima.
We were recommended Pirawana Hostel in the beautiful Miraflores district. Immediately the atmosphere hit us, If you want party, activities and friends this is the hostel to go to. It has a beautiful roof area with sun loungers, table tennis and music, a lovely restaurant with delicious food and different activities every night!
Unfortunately for the first night we completely missed the activity (a ping pong tournament) as we were incredibly jet lagged and went to bed at around 8pm as we couldn’t keep our eyes open! Unfortunately this also meant that we (or at least I) woke up at around 4am and couldn’t get back to sleep. In fact now, on our 8th day of holiday, i think i’m only just getting over the jet lag!
Pariwana was also very clean, there seemed to be one woman who was constantly cleaning the rooms and bathrooms leaving everything spotless.
But by far the best thing about the hostel was the park right next door and completely full of cats! We spent a long time sitting watching the cats meander about.
On the first day in Lima we wandered to the beach and chilled out after our long flight. We found some pretty shells and a sea urchin whilst we watched the waves and people surfing.
The next day we made the poor decision of walking 1hr30mins into Lima, with no suncream on. Needless to say we got burnt, we also got lost as I’m terrible with directions. Eventually we found the main Plaza with the presidential palace. As we were very grumpy we decided to stop for food and cocktails before meandering back to the hostel.
We didn’t actually get up to much in Lima, mostly because of how horribly jet lagged we were and unfortunately our schedule seems too full to have another good look around. However we have many more exciting adventures in peru on the way!
For the first time in our 5 1/2 year relationship, myself and Ashley are travelling on our own, outside of Europe. This is the first time we’ve been able to afford something so big and we couldn’t be more excited!
Unfortunately this trip didn’t start brilliantly.
Initially we weren’t meant to be on our own. Ashley used to work with a Peruvian and we still all keep in contact. He was meant to be showing us the sights but unfortunately his passport never arrived (wish you were here Jose!).
Then I also had passport troubles.
My mum came to visit me a few days before I left and, whilst doing her motherly thing, noticed that my passport went out of date in May. I replied ‘Yes, and i’m travelling in April, I checked it was in date already. The well traveled among you might have already noticed the big error here.
Your passport has to be valid for at least 6 months after you travel to Peru.
Why this isn’t a thing you are told when you first book flights etc. I don’t know. But queue a rush to ring the passport office, book an emergency appointment and pay over £100 to be able to get the passport before I traveled. Luckily all went smoothly and I picked up my passport the morning of our flight (good job we’d booked for 8pm!)
I must say, the passport office staff were amazing. They were polite, efficient and were putting up with some horrible members of the public. The lady at the door in particular was being spoken to like she was a child who knew nothing (when she clearly knew the answers to the questions, it just wasn’t the answers the people were wanting), she just grinned and bared the abuse. Serious respect to her.
Anyway, thanks to my mum, we are now sat in Peru and are having the best time. This is truly a beautiful country!
Moral of the story : Check your passport, even if it’s in date!