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.
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.
The trees, flowers and walkways are all arranged in manner, which I can only describe as feng shui. The park is placed right in the middle of Miraflores, between some very busy streets. You would think that this would somehow take away from the tranquility one expects from most parks, but it doesn’t.
Something that caught my eye was the cats. Here the cats run free, having no owners and are not taken to the pound. Instead the people feed them and give them water. The cats hangout in the trees and hideout in the flower beds. The cats are friendly and love to be petted. Just like the cats at home.
I found a spot to set down and started to read a book. The book I had just purchased at a store I found across the street for about 30 soles. It was a very relaxing day and I enjoyed my book. Unfortunately I never made it to any of the other parks nearby. Perhaps tomorrow.
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. There are also many restaurants, with a wide variety of smells and flavors. So much good food around it’s hard to make a choice of just one to have for breakfast at, not to mention lunch or dinner.
After breakfast I asked my waitress for directions to the beach. She told me to go across the street, find the stairs and walk to the end. I found the stairs, easily enough. I went down the stairs the continued walking down the street. Then up some more stairs, now to cross a bridge, down some stairs, up some stairs and down again.
Finally, the beach. All in all about a 20 minute walk. I found the ocean with beautiful waves coming in. But, no sand, the beaches here are made of medium size, rounded, smooth rocks. Not something a person from California would expect from a beach.
Along the beach, on my left, there are many surf companies offering surf board rentals and surf lessons. Prices vary from company to company, and you can always try to talk them down for a better price. For a board rental the average price was around 25 soles.
The waves are good for the beginner to the intermediate surfer. I believe it also depends on the time of year you decide to go out. Myself, I am not a surfer so I decided to head to my right, for a less crowded part of the beach. I found people fishing on a pier, with only string, no fishing poles. I found it a bit odd, but all the fishermen seem to have a really good and successful technic.
I kept walking and found a quiet spot where I decided to do some rock staking and meditation. The waves coming in and the rocky beach made a sound I just can’t put into words. I stayed there all day and then watched the sunset; the only word I can come up with is beautiful.
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.
Starting from the moment that I decided to find a new hostel to stay at, in Lima. I walked for a couple of hours going from Hostel to Hostel and none seemed to be the right place for myself. As I was trying to find another hostel, getting the address wrong I stopped to ask for directions. I did not speak Spanish and the woman I asked did not speak English, but she grabbed me, walked me the Pariwana Hostel. Located in Mira Flores making Pariwana, the perfect place to setup basecamp, before exploring the rest of Lima.
The Staff at the front desk were very nice and pleasant to speak with. I immediately felt a calmness, a feeling of warmth, like one who enters his home after a long days work. This hostel has best internet connection and access, compared to other hostel that i had visited. With hot water, showers, free breakfast, teas, coffee and an inexpensive laundry service. The beds are comfortable with your own to store your things for safety, although I never once felt that anything was unsafe within the hostel.
There is also a kitchen for anyone to use at anytime. But for me, I preferred the bar/restaurant attached to the hostel, with good prices, very good food, great cooks and friendly professional bartenders. They also have computers for the guest to use, bikes to rent, a T.V. room for watching movies and plenty of outlets available to charge all your electronic devices.
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Now for the rooftop courtyard with lots of seating and a lot of games to play. There is something for everyone, whether you are staying for one night or two week. This area of the hostel is where I spent most the majority of my time, not for the games, but for all the travelers that I had met.
With my particular situation of losing everything, I still felt comfortable and free discussing with staff and fellow travelers, all strangers at first. Everyone was eager to help, giving me advise, suggestions, and opportunities to better help me with my own travels. For their empathy and compassion in dealing with and helping my situation, I will be forever grateful. I hope that one day I will be able to repay them for all their kindness.
The environment of this hostel just seems to make people very happy and friendly. Everyone that I met seemed comfortable and very open to all types of conversations, no matter what country or culture you come from or language you speak, everyone is family at the Pariwana Hostel.
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.
The bus is moderately empty with foreign travelers similar in age headed to Machu Picchu. The bus seats remind me of being a kid and my first Lazy Boy experience in the furniture store. We head down the coast with small waves crashing on our right and sand dune after sand dune to our left. I brush up on my Spanish while watching Vin Diesel and Paul Walker milk every penny out of a horrible movie series known as Fast and the Furious. The sun sets, we eat our meals from tin and pass out.
Many cities in Peru have relatively concentrated ‘tourist areas,’ and one way to stay safe is to stick to these areas places, call taxis from your hotel and use other precautions that may limit your full experience of the city. If you have the urge to not confine yourself there are a lot of great way to explore, and most of the starting with asking. Figure out what safe areas there are to explore in each city before wandering out to find them, and find out how to get to them. A bilingual reception staff, like those at Pariwana Hostels in Lima and Cusco, can be helpful in making sure you know exactly where you’re going, and if you’re feeling adventurous there are always many people to ask concerning the layout of the city who may give you different, and even fuller answers.
If using sources such as waiters, taxi drivers and friendly locals on the streets, try to confirm these locations with a local you trust, often someone back at your hostel. Next plan a route to avoid getting lost; getting lost in a foreign city is never safe, especially as you stray off the more worn tourist paths.
First write down the areas or streets you may want to visit, and then look at a map. Being able to review these areas will help you find them while you’re enjoying your day, and also help you identify where the areas end so you don’t accidently wander out of them and into somewhere higher risk, plus, studying your map while exploring an new city will help you learn its layout. Make sure to identify, or ask for, landmarks or boundary streets that will indicate to you that you’ve gone far enough, and then further ones that will tell you you’ve already gone too far. Make sure they are obvious things that you can see from a relatively long distance, large churches that peak over the top of the rest of the skyline often work well, major streets or bridges that will automatically make you pause when you reach them or similar natural ‘speed bumps’ in the city layout. Look for these landmarks as you wander and pay attention to where you came from, don’t hesitate to turn around and cover the same ground to get back to an area you know. Remember nothing is more like holding up a “Roba me” sign than unfolding a huge map in an area that you already shouldn’t be in, and trust your intuition. Wander far, and wander well!
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.
We ventured out of the city to Punta Hermosa (1 hr. taxi south of Lima @ S/. 80) before one party weekend in Miraflores’ and a flight to Piura (Piura airport transfer to beach, 2.5 hrs @ S/. 220, or EPPO bus leaving on the hour @ S/. 20). In the end, we managed more sessions at Baterias than Piscinas.
Always a fun place to sit and wait, Lobitos offers the wayfaring surfer a glimpse of the simple life. But dreams of empty Peruvian points are just that- a dream.
If you’re still learning how to catch waves in a competitive line-up, head to Mancora for the warm water and vibrant nightlife. If you have your own equipment and international surf experience, you already know what lies just around the corner.
Respect the locals. Have fun. Go surfing.
On my third day in Lima, I decided I needed to venture out of Miraflores. The super-helpful staff at Pariwana told me it would be about 10 soles to get to Pueblo Libre, home to two of Lima’s best museums. However, feeling adventurous, I took a combi, which went through San Isidro and Jesús Maria and dropped me off just a few blocks from Plaza Bolivar.
My first stop was the Museo Nacional de Arqueología, Antropología e Historia, and I spent so much time here that I wasn’t able to go to the Museo Larco a few blocks away. This museum really does cover the archeology, anthropology, and history of Peru. I thought I had seen all the exhibits once I had learned about pre-Colobian civilazations from hall regions of Peru: Moche, Chavín de Huántar, Nazca, Pucará, Wari, and of course, Twantinsuyu, or the Inca empire.
Wrong. There’s just as much space in the museum devoted to the Spaniard’s arrival in Peru, the viceroyalty, and post-independence Peru. I had to rush through the last sections because the museum was about to close, and I didn’t see the temporary exhibitions at all.
I think Pueblo Libre is an undiscovered jewel, tourist-wise. I’ll have to make it back someday to try the anticuchos served hot off the grill in front of the church, maybe eat at Antigua Taberna Queirolo, and also discover the treasures I missed at the Museo Larco.
I arrived in Peru, a country many travelers visit in order to embark on multi-day treks without any contact with civilization, lugging a laptop and a fair amount of work to get done. Lucky for me, staying connected in Miraflores is particularly easy. There’s wifi at Pariwana, so I can type away while watching the comings and goings in the Óvalo. If I feel like moving outside, there’s wifi in Parque Kennedy.
But given the current wintry weather, there’s nothing better than working in a café, kept company by a steamy cappuccino. One of my first stops was Dédalo by Parque Kennedy. They sell fair trade handicrafts upstairs, and a gorgeous selection of ceramic mugs is on display behind the counter.
A little farther from Pariwana’s central location is Librería El Virrey, one of the most charming bookstores I’ve visited in any part of the world. Coffee, tea, and sandwiches are served in a small sitting area in the front of the building. Once I was well-caffeinated, I spent the afternoon leafing through the exquisite photos in their architectural design books.
Finally, Café San Antonio has two locations in Miraflores (one by the Vía Expresa and the other near the border with San Isidro). It feels like a place to see and be seen—the ladies who lunch of Miraflores gather here. There’s an extensive food menu, and they also have flakey pastries, fine chocolates, and imported cheeses on display to tempt visitors.
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. During the fall and winter months however, while the city center stays crowded with locals, the beach becomes practically deserted, and the temperate- not overwhelmingly hot months directly after tourist season ends, may actually be the best time visit.
As the beach clears of visitors from the highlands and the north, many of the beachfront hospedajes close for the season, but if you’re going during those off months, don’t despair, or worry about finding a place to stay. While some of the larger, and more luxurious spots, close down as early as mid-march, a number of good options with private rooms and bathrooms, and varying qualities of amenities, stay open year round. The hostels on the beachfront will often appear shuttered as well, but many, especially those with restaurants attached, will open up a room if stray guests appear at any time of the year. And best of all, the great restaurants, offering standard Peruvian fare such as Lomo Saltado and Estafados, as well as some of the best ceviche outside of Lima, stay open all year around.
Visitors arriving to the beach front during the winter months will find the incredibly popular summer hotel and disoteca, The Titanic Club, closed for the off-season, but a few other nice options exist. Hostal Patty, three sandy blocks from the water, is the cheapest option for private rooms, with habitcaiones sipmles con banos campartidos starting at just S/. 20 per night, the price increasing to S/. 35 for a private bathroom and television (the remote system works by shouting down the hall to ask them to change the channel) in the room. Down the road, on the downtown-side of La Punta, is hotel Sulumar, also open year around, with televisions without signal, and cold water showers. At S/. 50 a night, it’s probably not the way to go unless you want to be a block closer to the beach and restuarants.
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For a truly cheap options, just walk up and down the waterfront and stop into restaurants with ‘hostal’ or ‘hospedaje’ signs out front. Generally these very basic rooms, often actually located behind the restaurants and across the street, go for S/. 20-25 during tourist season and S/. 15 during the offseason, but be warned, the rooms may be private, with shared bathroom of course, but they can be very basic, with exposed stone walls with zinc roofs that are less than water tight, potentially problematic during the colder winter season. Ask to see the rooms before you commit to your stay, and remember there are nicer, and still cheap options, just another few steps down the beach.
Getting there from Pariwana Hostels in Cusco or in Lima
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From Pariwana Lima look for a bus to Arequipa; Flores, Suyoz, Viva, and Cial are all good bets. Ask if the bus stops in Camana anyway, it’s on route to Arequipa, and if so, book your ticket for Camana and you’ll save a few dollars. If you can’t find a bus that has cheaper tickets to Camana, get one to Arequipa and ask the driver or attendant to drop you in Camana, Route 1 South cuts right through the city and it shouldn’t be a problem, though it may be easier if you don’t have any bags under the bus. Expect to pay S/. 100 or more for semi-cama and S/.150-200 for full-cama, and keep in mind the bus ride is about 15 hours, an overnight bus that you can actually get some sleep on could save you a night of lodgings money, and leave you a lot happier when you get off the bus.
From Cusco there are no direct buses, but a bus to Arequipa will put you the terminal terreste there, and a number of buses leave every two hours on weekdays, generally from 7am to 7pm. Expect to pay S/. 100 for Cusco to Arequipa, about a ten hour ride, and S/.15-20 for the three hour ride to Camana.
The buses all let out in downtown Camana, and a taxi ride to the beachfront, known locally as La Punta, costs S/. 8-10, but the collectivos, which generally have ample space for backpacks cost S/. 1.50. The ride takes about ten minutes and the car will drop you wherever along the beach you request. Then walk along the Pacific Ocean, look for a good place to stay, and wonder why more backpackers haven’t yet discovered Camana.
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. If you take a second to think about where you are, this humid, lawless jungle frontier town is a very cool place to explore.
Up until the road from Cusco was finally paved a few years ago, Puerto was the most rural place in all of Peru. That´s because of the rapids downstream on the Madre de Dios that cut it off from river traffic with the rest of the Amazon Basin. The town is situated at the junction of the Tambopata and Madre de Dios rivers, and its central area is the part of town stuffed deepest into the corner where the two rivers meet. A good home base is the Hostal Tambopata, on 26 de Diciembre just a block from the Plaza de Armas. There are also a bunch of budget hostels close to the plaza if you follow Avenida Leon Velarde, one of the main streets. These are on a busy street, and will be better if you value being in the action over peace and space.
The Plaza de Armas becomes a lovely carnival of strolling families around twilight and into the warm nights. Children play in it, teens skateboard around and wonder if they´ll ever make it out of this town, and vendors sell quail eggs, ice cream, weird tapioca jellies, and tons of other treats. As the night wears on, the only gig in town is Tekila, a 3-story bar on the Plaza de Armas. Motorcycles pile up on the corner of the square in front of it by midnight, and the place can
Puerto Maldonado is unique among jungle cities in that street food stays available through dinner, generally not a big meal in the culture of the selva. The market is on the corner of Fitzcarrald and Ernesto Rivera, and stays open, eateries and all, late into the night. The blue tower further down on Fitzcarrald can be climbed for just 2 soles until 8:30 p.m. (but there´s no point after dark); next to it is a good supermarket, El Pacifico. Another cool attraction in town is
the Golden Gate-like suspension bridge over the Madre de Dios. Completing it was the final piece of the Pan-American Highway, which now links the Atlantic and the Pacific through miles and miles of Amazon jungle – and is paved. The bridge is another reason Puerto is newly in the spotlight.
Sure, maybe you shouldn}t stay a while just for the sake of it – but while you}re in Puerto Maldonado, you may as well enjoy it. Look with, an open mind, and you´ll find a crazy, cool, exotic town with thejungle in its blood. Maybe it´ll get into your blood too.
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. In fact, most larger Peruvian cities are crowded with buses running on well-established routes and charging uniform fares for a ride, just like any major US or European city. In smaller cities the system is more or less the same, but the ‘buses’ may actually take the form of vans with sliding doors or even cars that, from down the street, can look like taxis. These cheap and extensive public transportation systems are a great way to get around the city, and a great way to learn its layout.
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These privately operated, publicly accessible buses, vans and cars are called collectivos and are generally extremely safe, though often not used by tourists. Using one requires finding out what area or street you need to get to and where near you to pick up a ride. In major cities such as Lima you may easily find paradareros, or bust stops and destinations painted on to the side of large buses. In smaller cities like Puno, there are few formal stops, just routes that are followed, and the destinations are usually on a sign on the top of the car. In medium size cities like Arequipa, a mix of all possible vehicles will be offering service and in vans the routes are often posted on the front window in rotating, suction cup based boards. Once you know what sign to look out for based on the area you’re going to, just go to a major street and scan the painted sides, roof top signs and windshields for the right ride.
Before you leave, ask your hostel staff what landmarks will tell you you’ve arrived and what cross streets to look for. If you feel unsure once you’re en route, ask your driver to alert you when you’re near your destination, they’re usually more than willing to help.
Welcome to Lima, which just so happens to be the birthplace of Pariwana hostels. That’ll be your first order of business upon arriving in the Peruvian mega-capital of Lima. The city hosts more than 8 million people, and that number is ever-growing. It might be a shock to arrive here, because it dwarfs every other city in the country. The streets are loud and effusive bus passenger wranglers are always yelling at you to “sube sube sube!”
If you are arriving from the mountains, you’ll be descending into a strange climatic fog called the “garua”, which gives Lima its gray skies most of the year. If you’re arriving from the north or south coasts, you’ll also be entering the fog. Although the sun might by shy here, there are plenty of things to keep the intrepid backpacker busy.
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First you’ll want to check in to Pariwana Lima. Not only does it offer the most competitive prices in the safest neck of the woods in Lima, Miraflores, but it also boasts probably the best location of any hostel in the city. Situated on the second story of a corner building of Miralfores’ ovalo, you get a view spanning the central Parque Kennedy, the upstairs bar giving you that perfect atmosphere you’d been hoping for!
Lima might be big, but the areas of interest are rather centrally located. First, you’ll want to take a left out of the hostel to walk down Larco Avenue. At the end of the avenue you’ll come to the Pacific Ocean, that greatest of bodies that stretches around the planet’s waist. Perhaps you’ll decide to undertake some paragliding, or hang gliding.
Pucllana ruins lay nearby, and also plenty of artisan shops and souvenir kiosks. Miraflores hosts some of the best restaurants in the city. Will you miss your best chance to try the country’s national dish of ceviche (also called cebiche)?
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Other than Miraflores, there’s bohemian Barranco with its small colonial buildings and good nightlife. In the city center you’ll find the grand plazas of Lima, China Town, the San Francisco catacombs and plenty of museums to keep you busy.
Lima has so much going on it could be detrimental to your Peruvian experience if you take the high road and ignore the megapolis capital city.
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. This makes Lima an important base of operations for any backpacker who’s looking to undertake the treks and Peruvian adventures waiting out there. Otherwise, Lima is the perfect place to end a trip before the flight home for its selection of souvenirs.
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Lima’s markets are various and vast. If you’re staying at the Pariwana in Miraflores, there are a few markets you’ll want to check out in the near vicinity. The Surquillo market is the best place to go in order to find the traditional everything. Food and culinary ingredients abound in abundance. The market sits just across the Via Expresa from Miraflores, a 5 minute walk from the hostel. There, you’ll marvel at all the fruit, vegetables, nuts and meats that you’ve already seen elsewhere or that you will see again in the mountain towns. There are also plenty of cookware, like giant wooden spoons, which could make for a great present!
Also nearby the hostel are the souvenir markets. There are 3 or 4 of them in total, and each one it packed full of trinkets, models, effigies, photos, postcards, typical Peruvian clothes and wares. Across the street from the artisan markets you’ll find the artists’ shops. You’re granted an amazing selection of artwork from these local sellers. You can find art of any style and of anything and buy generic cialis everything Peruvian.
As for the big local markets outside of Miraflores, Polvos Azules is the most popular in the city. You can find, literally, everything; from clothes and shoes to giant HDTVs and mobile devices. As the most organized pirated merchandise indoor market in the city, it makes for not only a good place to purchase cheap fare, but also to experience a market that otherwise might not exist where you come from. On the roof you can find some cheap restaurants all of which specialize in cebiche.
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There are other markets, and you can visit them at your own risk, since they are situated in parts of the city that are a bit more nefarious. Gamarra is one such market, and you can find all sorts of pirated electronics and cheap fake clothe brands.
Lucky for you the Pariwana team knows all about this stuff, so just inquire and bam, you get your next adventure.
Maybe you’ve already heard that Peru is South America’s gastronomic marvel. Indeed, Peru boasts some of the most diverse food in the whole world. This means that a Peruvian backpacking trip entails a culinary experience that will leave you hungry for more. You could travel to all reaches of Peru, which is a recommendable plan. However, if you’re strapped for time, then plan your trip to coincide with Lima’s Mistura food fest.
Mistura has been going on now for 3 years. Every year it’s attracting bigger and bigger names from around the globe. Mistura is a massive food festival where all the best food joints in Lima and from around the country gather to offer portions of their grub for a fraction of the normal price. It takes place in September just before springtime. The gray skies mean the sun won’t be blasting your neck all day while you walk to and from different food kiosks.
There is an entry fee to get in, but Pariwana has its own stash of tickets to make things easier for backpackers. Not all hostels in Lima can offer the same convenience. Pariwana already offers tours on a semi-daily basis, but this is one tour you’ll enjoy beyond expression.
You’ll arrive to the gates of the Parque de la Exposicion, the giant blown up yellow fork making you feel small. After walking under the fork entrance, you’ll purchase the tickets with which you procure your food. You can get full portions of dishes for 12 soles, but you should opt for portions at 6 sols so that you can try more food. Go with a friend to split the portions in half, that way you can try even more tasty treats!
There are a lot of things to see and do in Mistura. Over the 9 days that it’s held, over 300,000 people enter. There is a giant bazar to buy kitchenware, and an enormous market with products from all over the country. There are live cooking demonstrations by some of the country’s best chefs, and the restaurants everywhere you look.
You might prefer to arrive at the opening hour of 10am so that you can make the best of the 12 hours you have before closing time. There are too many dishes to try. You can read about all the restaurants on Mistura’s website. Just make sure to try a few of the staples. Ceviche, above all, will please you, as Mistura hosts some of the best cebiche restaurants.
In fact, you might very well choose to spend all your time in Mistura, returning day after day. It’s the perfect way to centralize a necessary Peruvian experience. Sweets, jungle food, rustic kitchens, juices, anticuchos and any other food you’ve seen on your Peruvian tour you should expect to see again here.
Mistura 2012 – 9 to 18 september – Lima, Peru
It all begins with the arrival at the first floor door of Pariwana. Just buzz the button and walk up the spiraling granite staircase to Pariwana reception. Already you’ve back into that atmosphere that you love; surrounded by travelers from all over the world in a place that acts like an incubator of social interaction.
Miraflores is the backpacker hub of the city. There are very few hostels in other parts of the city. All the things you’ll need are right there. You’ll find ATMs galore, a cinema, the expansive Parque Kennedy that always has something going on (recently it was a dinosaur exhibition), bars and clubs, banks and money exchanges.
Pariwana enjoys a location perched above the central Miraflores ovalo, a big roundabout where two major avenues intersect. Just out the front door, the buses yelling “todo Arequipa” lead you all the way downtown. Otherwise, Lima’s Metropolitano integrated bus system has a station not a 2 minute walk from the front gate of Pariwana.
Miraflores is popular for a number of reasons. First, it is the richer part of town, the part of town everyone wants to be in, the part of town where everything is happening. Everyone wants a part of Miraflores, especially on the weekends. The district boasts some of the most renowned bars and clubs. The club Tayta has free entry and lies just two blocks to the left out of Pariwana’s door. Following Larco to its end brings travellers to LarcoMar, the big ocean side mall complex that also houses some happening nightlife spots.
Miraflores also is home to one of the biggest Incan ruins in town, the Huaca Pucllana. This sprawling Incan complex brings the ancient Peruvian experience very close to Pariwana’s already splendid locale.
Overall, staying at the Pariwana in Lima is the best choice bottoms down thanks to its prime location in the active city of Miraflores, Lima.