Day 3: El Mercado, Flea Market
I was super excited to go to El Mercado in Miraflores, a subsection of Lima. I heard about this restaurant through the grapevine and I had to try it! The rest of my family arrived late Saturday night so we all got together to eat some delicious food. My dish wasn’t traditionally Peruvian, but it was amazing. I ordered the pulpo a la parrilla, which was grilled octopus with parsley aioli, kalamata olive cream, potatoes, and mushrooms. I washed it down with a maracuya (passion fruit) sour.
Afterwards, a few of us decided to go to the flea market. They sell everything from beautiful artwork, artisan rugs, and vibrant fabrics to special trinkets, silver jewelry,
and handmade decor. I bought a handmade mirror, a few pieces of bright artwork, a soft, cream scarf, and a few other small items. Money well spent!
Day 4: Lima Tour, La Mar
Monday morning we woke to get ready for a tour of the city of Lima. A bus started us out in Miraflores at Love Park. There is a beautiful view of the ocean from the top of the cliff. From there we drove to the city center and saw the cathedral, governors palace, and San Francisco monastery and church. At the church we walked through and were able to go down into the catacombs. So cool!
Lunch was to die for. La Mar is a very famous ceviche restaurant in Miraflores. Ceviche is fish that is cooked in an acidic broth made with lime juice. It is traditionally served with sweet potato, red onions, and choclo, which is large kernel corn. There are many different variations of flavors on ceviche so we ordered three different types as an appetizer. We also shared fried octopus, fish, and squid. I ate a traditional ceviche which was spicy and bright and smooth. Of course I had to drink a couple pisco sours to complete the meal.
To be continued…