I didn’t feel like doing a lot today. After breakfast I walked to the Olturso bus terminal, which, as per usual, was a lot further than it looked on Google maps. According to their website,there was a bus on Monday to Paracas at 11am. However, it transpired that the only bus was at 7.30am so that will mean an early start.
Afterwards, I caught one of the smaller buses to Barranco, which is the next suburb to Miraflores and also on the coast. However, unlike Miraflores, which could be anywhere in Europe, Barranco has more Colonial buildings, is the artists and bohemian area of Lima and is somewhat more dilapidated than Miraflores.
It was extremely hot as I was walking and very noisy with a lot of traffic and car horns beeping. It didn’t take long for me to yearn for my (relatively) quiet patio so I caught a bus back, bought something for lunch at the supermarket and retreated for the afternoon.
Later on, I said goodbye to Carlos, who was returning to Madrid this evening, and strolled down to the clifftop to watch the sunset, which was remarkably unspectacular as it was very misty (or maybe that is smog?). I walked along as far as Larcomar, which houses many designer shops, as well as a food court. Having not investigated the shopping possibilities prior to this, I had a very quick look. The prices were well out of my budget and there were far too many people for my liking.
After this, I retreated once again to my rooftop for the rest of the evening. I think I have been in the city for too long and need the mountains again, although I have to traverse quite a lot of desert before reaching them!