Peru doesn’t market itself. It doesn’t make an immediate good impression. But Peru charms and surprises at every turn.
The trip from the airport in Lima to our downtown hotel was not impressive. The hotel was fine but the streets around looked very raw and even the Palace of Justice across the street didn’t add much to our first impression. It was only when we went to the Plaza de Armas that we began to appreciate Peru because we found an amazing spectacle with the changing of the guard at the Presidential Palace. Later we enjoyed the streets of downtown Lima and made a trip to upscale Miraflores to se a shopping center that made us think we were in Santa Monica.