Lima, Peru – First stop south of the equator!

We were up early on the morning of September 26 to catch a flight from Medellin to Bogota. A few hours later we boarded another flight to Lima. We arrived just as the sun was setting. The sky was overcast, so it got dark quickly and we didn’t see too much as we landed.
We had arranged for transport to the Froguesthouse hotel so we had a driver waiting, holding a card with my name. He had a nice, full sized sedan so we all fit comfortably. A nice change from the tiny taxis so common in Medellin. We were quickly introduced to rush hour traffic in Lima. I was glad I didn’t have to drive in it!
It had been a long day and we were ready for some real food. The last meal we had in Colombia was at the airport in Bogota and was only notable for the prices we paid at a Dunkin Donuts in order to feed the four of us. As soon as we checked-in and dropped off our bags in our room, we headed out to try some of Peru’s famous cuisine.

The Barranco District – Romantic and Bohemian

The hotel is located in the district of Lima called Barranco. According to Wikipedia it is considered the city’s most romantic and bohemian district. Karen and I could imagine it in its prime. We walked along a street lined with mature trees. Some of the old street car tracks are still embedded in the street. We imaged one running past stately examples 19th century architecture. Homes were once occupied by the Limeño aristocracy.
Our hotel had gave us a couple of suggestions for restaurants. But we discovered a place called Sóngoro Cosongo not too far from the Puente de los Suspiros, or Bridge of Sighs. We were quickly rewarded for selecting this place. The ice cold Cusqueña beer and Inca cola arrived shortly after it was ordered. The meals were served before the kids were even half done with their drinks. That almost never happens.

Music and Dance to Go With Our Meal

Everyone enjoyed their meals and we had asked for the bill and were about to leave. Before I had a chance to pay I noticed a man and women come into the restaurant. I suspected the from the way the woman moved that she was a dancer. My suspicions were confirmed a moment later when the waiter told us that a live a dance performance would start soon. We ordered another round of drinks and sat back to enjoy the show.
It had been a long day and now that we were full of delicious Peruvian food, sleep called to us. We watched the dancers for a few songs and headed home when they took a break. As we walked back to the hotel, we started making plans. We hope to visit some of the other restaurants we passed as well as the Museo Pedro de Osma. We are in for a fun week here in Lima.