Puerto Maldonado is the gateway to jungle gems like Tambopata National Reserve and Lago Sandoval, but most people pass through in a hurry, never getting the hang of the town and hating every minute of it.
By Morgan Addams
My first week in Lima was a disaster. Lost the woman I loved, and she took all my money with her. One day I shall tell that story, but not today. Instead I will tell you a little bit about the Hostel I now call my home in Lima.
Camana is a popular tourist destination, but not for most international backpackers. During the summer months of December through March Peruvians flock to this bustling south coast town, flooding downtown hotels and hostels, filling the beachfront accommodations and saturating the beachfront.
Many cities in Peru may lack a centralized public transit system with underground trains and covered bus stops, but to say that any city of size doesn’t have a public transit system at all would be a mistake.
The price of food in Lima is much greater than elsewhere in the country because the city’s cost of living is much higher. Although the quaint markets of the Sierra villages offer the atmospheric prestige, Lima offers the same stuff. You can find most everything in the capital.
Peru is a great country to backpack in as it is rough, cutting edge and still very unexplored. Add to this the wild life, wonderful people and untouched nature and you have a summary of all the great things that make Peru so unbelievably great to travel.
Peru is becoming increasingly popular as it has many great spots to visit. You see more and more hostel, camping grounds and other accommodations for travellers popping out of the ground in no-time. As a backpacker it is likely you will be staying in a range of different places to spend a night, usually with a lot of fellow travellers.
Futbol, or soccer, is the national sport of Peru so you can’t miss a game while you’re in town. I recently went to a game and found out the inside scoop on some of the teams, stadiums and how to get tickets.
Peru has one of the world’s most ancient surf cultures, dating back thousands of years. However, its beaches have been little-known to the rest of the world — until recently. Over recent years, international surfers have been catching up on what is on offer here, with Punta Hermosa being one of the most celebrated areas.
Arguably, Lima has one of the best food scenes in the world. On the doorstep of Pariwana Hostel you have the bustling neighborhood of Miraflores with numerous restaurants to suit any budget. With so much to choose from, it’s difficult to know where to go first, so to make it easy for you I’ve shared my favorite Lima restaurants below.
Puruchuco is one of the Lima area’s many impressive archeological sites. It’s worth spending the time to organize a visit to this 800-year-old palace and famous burial site while staying at Pariwana Hostel Lima. You can either get there by bus or book a taxi.
By Morgan Addams
Today I decided to spend the day visiting the parks of Mira Flores. Right in front of the Pariwana Hostel there is John F. Kennedy Park. With plenty of benches, to sit on, and people selling their goods, talents, and crafts. There is also a playground for children to have fun too.
By Morgan Addams
I awoke this morning with a desire to go to the beach. From the Pariwana Hostel, I started to walk west toward the water and away from the sun. Along the way there are many stores one could shop at, literally something for everyone and every need.
An hour until our bus departs to Cusco we grab our bags, leave Pariwana Hostel and hail a cab. The first cab says no. The next cab takes a close look at my Cruz Del Sur bus recipient, and we begin to haggle. I saw, “amigo 10 soles”. He laughs and says no, 15. I look back at a Frowning Hedi and say fuck it, ok. She looks disappointed in my weak attempt. However my mind is focused sharp on getting to the bus station on time.
20 minutes becomes 35 minutes and I become uneasy with our surroundings. The hostel receptionist mentioned the taxi fare should only be 10 soles and take 20 minutes max. It looks as if we have left the city and found ourselves in an industrial center vacant of any buses. We arrive at the address to find there is no bus, we drove to the Cruz Del Sur repair location. I am instructed to go inside a small windowless office and leave Hedi alone in a cab parked in the middle of the busy street. Fingers crossed she and my bags are there or in one piece when I return. I am handed a phone and an English speaking voice informs me we are in fact at the wrong location and that we better hurry if we are to make our bus that is leaving in 27 minutes.
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My intuition has been confirmed and I run back to the cab. I give the cab driver our new destination, he looks at his watch and pumps his fist, it’s on. Hedi, myself and our over weight cabby against Fridays rush hour traffic. Furious feelings at myself for believing in the only address on the receipt fade to brainstorming plan b as I close my eyes and do my best yogi like meditation. 6 minutes until departure and we are at a complete stop on the highway. Hedi says, “Matt this is when the adventure begins.” I think to myself, oh fuck. I open my eyes and the cabby readjusts the rear view mirror to look at me as if he was going to share with me the meaning of life and then he points. The Cruz Del Sur sign lies a hundred feet away off the highway. A few beeps, aggressive wheelman-ship and radical gestures and he let’s us out.
Late season swells were in full effect when I got back to Lima after a detour to Cusco and Arequipa. Finally, I was back to my favorite place in Miraflores, Pariwana Hostels Lima, to meet a few friends from California for a surf adventure up the coast. Everyone was excited to surf some of the most famous points in the world- from Trujillo to Mancora. After what had been a slow start, the southern hemisphere was finally beginning to kick into gear.