And thus began our backpacking honeymoon odyssey. We left the indulgences of Las Vegas and got ready to go basic for the next month and a half.
After about 8 hours of flying, which by the way, is the same amount of time to fly from Sydney to Singapore, we arrive in Lima, Peru just past midnight. Fortunately, we were smart enough to ask for a pickup at the airport so it was a really smooth ride to our first hostel.
La Casona Roja
This is our room the next morning because we pretty much crashed into bed when we got in. We were smashed!! We stayed in La Casona Roja for 2 nights. It’s a hostel but we got a private room to ourselves though we had to share the bathroom. The room was surprisingly huge, we essentially had two separate areas in the one room, one with a bed and the other could have housed a couch, coffee table and a tv if need be but it only had a cupboard. We ended up storing our luggage there. It was pretty cool!!
3B Barranco Bed & Breakfast
After 2 nights in La Casona Roja, we moved across the city to a much nicer B&B, 3B for our last night in Lima and I was so glad that I didn’t have to share bathroom, even if it’s just for one night. I’m such a princess.
Our room was beautiful, very spacious and nicely decorated and it has that B&B vibe, you know.
What to Eat
La Canta Rana, Barranco
Look up our Lonely Planet guidebook and went to La Canta Rana for a meal which was a block from our hostel. Perfect because we were starving after not eating for a day.
We had ceviche which was the most awesome dish ever. It’s the local dish and it’s usually seafood, raw at that, marinated in lime or lemon juice. Sometimes, they add coriander to the mixture (my fave!!) and onions. I told Mr R that I might have been a South American in a past life. Every single ingredients in that I love. I can happily eat that everyday!!
And black scallops fried rice, which we discover is our version of cockles. I thought we were going to get literally black scallops!! Wouldn’t that be cool?? Oh well….
I also tried chica morada, a local drink which I can’t remember its name now but it’s a purple corn drink.
This is the next day. Lolz… you have to know this. We woke up late again (surprise surprise) and realised that we were running low on cash. So we proceed to the nearest ATM to cash money out and lo and behold, it wouldn’t give us any cash!! We freaked!! Literally…. Our adventure has just started and no cash = no adventure. Yakkety yikes!!
So we rushed back to our hostel and started researching alternative options while hitting ourselves in the head that we didn’t take all our cash out in USA. This was when Joel Robuchon’s complimentary cake came in handy. Good thing I couldn’t bring myself to leave it back in Vegas. That was one meal for the day. Suffice to say, this is more of a if something like this were to happen to you, make sure you have backup food on hand!
So we stayed in and had that instead in a bid to save as much as we can since we didn’t know when we’ll be able to get money again. Lolz… happy days!!
Went into town in the morning before we had to move hostels and had huevos racheros at Tanta for breakfast to give us energy for our walk around town.