I notice amongst many travellers that Lima is not talked up much and people said you can do it in a couple of days. The one country in SA that I did not go to was Argentina, and perhaps Buenos Aires could potentially pip my experience in Lima, but other than that I felt like Lima, and specifically Miraflores, was the place that most resembled European standards. And I thought this was the best city/capital I came across, but again, specifically the neighbourhood of Miraflores.
Albeit not like Rio’s beaches, it is a capital by the sea which is very popular with surfers, you’re breathing in sea air and not quite as polluted as other places, it’s very very clean to the point where there’s no litter on the street, the neighbourhood is extremely safe and quite upmarket. The food in Lima is terrific, much more taste, variety and generally healthier options. Some really nice restaurants there also. Whilst Peruvian women are not as beautiful as Colombian, I thought the women in Lima were both very attractive and it was very easy to line up dates. Some of the markets and parks were really nice. The weather was at times cloudy, but on the whole it was warm. The nightlife was balanced, in that it wasn’t quite so hectic like Medellin or Rio. Granted, there are rough parts in Lima just like there are rough parts in say Rio or Medellin.
I really liked Bogota, but Bogota by comparison is incredibly unsafe, extremely cold, and the interesting places in Bogota are widely spread out. Colombian food is gash also. Rio was a very fun city, but again, very dangerous, bang average food, incredibly dirty and poor wherever you go. Medellin shares the same danger problems as Bogota, and outside of partying, doesn’t really offer a great deal.
In terms of major cities, I judge it by how you would live there. Rio and Medellin are great for partying, but if you’re 32 like me, you don’t want to just carry on partying forever. I’m surprised by the lack of love for Lima. It ticks the box for safety, cleansiness, food, weather, social, women, and being right next to the sea. Miraflores felt like a proper place to me, where I didn’t have to worry about being mugged, have children approaching me every 5 minutes for money, or just being constantly served rice, beans and steak. The only downside perhaps was that it was more expensive than say Colombia for example. Bogota was the other major city that really impressed me but for the drawbacks mentioned above.
Was anyone else pleasantly surprised by their time in Miraflores? Perhaps it was a tad snooty, but I was taken aback by how clean and well presented this place was.