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Sep 15 - Flavours and Colours Tour in Lima

Colours and Flavours Tour

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Had a great tour today that we booked with Viators, just Paul, Maija and I, and Harri, a woman from New Zealand.

We started at the fish market, right on the ocean in the Chorrillos district. It is the nicest fish market we have been to, no smell at all, and lots of varieties of fish.

From there we went to a market area. Some districts, like Miraflores where our hotel is, are not allowed to have open markets but in Chorrillos it is allowed. It really is colourful, so the tour is aptly named. We stopped at a fruit stand and tried several different fruits that I have never had before. Our guide, Igor, is going to send us a list of the names, so I will add them later. One of them was wonderful...it looked like a green apple but was white and soft and gooey inside. It's called a Custard Apple or Chirimoya. We also had a very popular fruit called Lucuma and the icecream made with it is delicious. A very confusing thing is that they call their limes, Limon. So if you ask for lemonade, you will get limeade, which is yummy!

In the same market, we went to a little hole in the wall, where we had a lunch of ceviche (marinated seafood), a rice dish with seafood that was similar to Chinese fried rice, deep fried fish and a juice drink made with apple and one of those exotic fruits. From there, we went for another tasting which was a pork dish and a ball that tasted like turkey dressing with sausage. Also delicious. And then on to a local ice cream place for samples.

For the other part of the tour, we went to the Barranco district, which is the bohemian area of the city. Lots artists, colourful murals and homes. We walked across the Bridge of Sighs...you have to stand on one side, make a wish and walk across the bridge holding your breath until you reach the other side...then your wish will come true! This is my favourite area of the city.

After the 4 hour tour, we had a little rest and then headed to Parque Kennedy (named for John F.). The park surrounds a church and is home to many feral cats. The church feeds them and even provides a litter box, however they did look pretty sad! There was an art show here today and both Maija and Dorothy bought some lovely small works. Somehow I resisted.

Chorrillos fish market:

Food market:

Barranco district:

Parque Kennedy:

Posted by barb3389 14:17 Archived in Peru

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