A night tour to the Parque de la Reserva to see the magical water tour (El Circuito Mágico del Agua) proved to be well worth the time and cost. For football afficionados, this Park stood next to the National Stadium the home of the Peru national football team, and it also houses the administration offices of many national sports federations of Peru, including volleyball, which Peru women have been an Olympic and world championships medallist in the past.
The National Stadium
A tour bus picks you up from your hotel and delivers you back at the end of the evening. A tour leader with a nice red flag held high and visible proved to be very helpful in getting around the park. This was an amazing experience.
Following are a small sample of the photos from the evening.
Parque Central de Miraflores, the central park located just south of he circle intersection at Avenida Larco and Avenida Jose Pardo, is commonly referred to as Parque Kennedy. However, Parque Central comprises two parks: Parque Kennedy and the larger Parque 7 de Junio. It comprises some six-acre in area and underneath the Parks is a large underground parking area.
EditThe two parks have beautiful gardens and ample seating, are popular gathering points for viewing the contrasts in architecture between different eras.
Street entertainers and artworks abound as do the street vendors (Peruvian artists)who sell paintings and handicrafts. A variety of snacks and desserts are available from street vendors. You might even be able to get your shoes shined.
The area is surrounded by restaurants and bars and Cafe La Paz gives a nice restful outlook onto Parque Kennedy.
Parque Kennedy is famous for its cats. In the 1980s, the park was infested with rats. Local legend says that Iglesia Matriz Virgen Milagrosa, the church in Parque Kennedy, adopted a group of cats to combat the rat problem. A stall in Parque 7 de Junio tells the story of the cats and how cat lovers can contribute to their welfare.
Miraflores is the more modern area of Lima. Despite there being many new buildings, there remain many older buildings which seem to provide a visual link between the cultural heritage of older Peru and the move to modernism in more recent architectural designs.
The following images strive to show some of this contrast between eras.
Vaccinations No vaccinations are required before entering Peru but it’s a good idea to have the following:
Polio/tetanus: boosters give at least ten years’ coverage.
Typhoid: three years’ coverage.
Rabies: a double jab, six months apart, gives five years’ protection. Strongly recommended if going off the beaten track. Rabies occurs in Peru and care should be taken approaching domesticated animals. If heading off the beaten track it is a good idea to be vaccinated against rabies before traveling. In the jungle rabies is endemic in many species, so think twice about stroking lodge “pets.” However, the incidence level is low and most Peruvians do not worry about it. Seek specialist medical advice from your doctor or a vaccination center prior to departure.
Hepatitis A and B: recommended if eating in remoter areas in establishments with uncertain hygiene standards.
Yellow fever: much of Peru is a designated risk area. Free vaccinations are given, if arriving by plane, at the airport in the three major jungle towns: Iquitos, Pucallpa, and Puerto Maldonado.
Malaria: a potential threat in the Amazon region below 8,200 feet (2,500 m). However, the risk is greater in the north than the south, where many short-term visitors opt not to take medication.
If staying longer in the jungle, ask about dengue fever, Chagas’ disease, and leishmaniasis.
A 23 day journey through 3 countries, Peru, Bolivia and Chile. Add on two days of inter-continental travel (1 day at each end) and it is 25 days to look forward to
A year in the planning and organising, ever since my wife said she would like to see Macchu Picchu. Walking to build muscular endurance has also featured recentlyand the time spent was rewarded with beautiful views of Mt Ruapehu, Mt Ngaurahoe and Mt Tongorairo from the Great Lake Walkway at Taupo.
Due to my medical history since 1999, and the altitude at which we will spend almost , I also needed to ensure I got medical clearance to travel otherwise … no insurance. Fortunately everything has panned out ok and doctors were happy.
The highlight of the second day was catching up with a long-time friend Gemma, sharing a most delicious dinner at the Marco Polo Hotel, followed by a lovely coffee at poolside and a stupendous view over Cebu at night. A really delightful and delicious buffet meal.
The following morning it was up bright and early to get on the way to the docks for the day trip to Bohol. This was something I had been quite looking forward to, as it was intended to be a foray
into the less populated and more village like atmosphere. However, a day trip to Bohol means a fairly fast journey around several locations to experience some treasures of Bohol.
The trip to and from Bohol left Cebu docks and ended at Tagbilaran City. It was a fast journey on a catamaran, and I found out later that there are many many slower journeys. The super cat terminus in Cebu was amazing as it was the hub of many ferries to and from Cebu. A special breakfast featuring longganisa with a musical accompaniment by a group of blind entertainers.
And then it was time to embark. Had a newly married couple from Japan in our tour group who were also on the ferry. Unfortunately, I did not write their names down. Ocean research institute spied on the way out as well as some views of Cebu and its port from the strait between Cebu (island) and Mactan Island. Tagnilaran City was a very busy port and there seemed to be a lot of activity around the port.
And then we caught up with our tour guide Pedro and his driver. A lovely minibus ride to look forward to.