I arrived in Lima Jorge Chavez International Airport at 8:30pm after a 5 hour non-stop flight from Cancun. For the flight they asked everyone to wear double masks.
Going through customs went smoothly and faster that I expected, about 35min. You need to fill out a declaration of health prior to your flight and present your ticket/date out of the country.
My baggage appeared a few moments after getting to the carousel. After getting some ATM money I looked for transportation on the way out. There were several taxi desks near the exit. I went to taxi365 which I had read good reviews prior to arrival.
My Hotel/hostel Selina Miraflores was 13miles away and it took about 40min to get there in Lima traffic. The taxi cost was $16.23 USD which is less than a lot of other resources I checked (except for public transportation). However when I arrive somewhere in the evenings I will choose the fastest option relative to decent pricing.
Selina Miraflores is hotel/hostel located in the heart of the Miraflores area of Lima. A quote from their website. “Selina provides guests with beautiful places to stay, travel, and work abroad indefinitely. Plus, we use our in-depth local knowledge to create thousands of authentic activities and experiences in over 145 destinations worldwide”. The prices are low, accommodations modest, and services are exemplary. I got a private room for $39 USD/night.
I chose this place for the location to a few places I had bookmarked, the good reviews, and the pricing. I’ll be staying at the Selina Plaza De Armas when I get to Cusco.
Check-in went quickly and I was pretty much done for the day. They give you a colorful cloth wristband to wear while your in the hotel. My room is on the 6th floor of 14 floors. It seemed pretty quiet during the night. I’m just relaxing in bed till morning. There’s no AC but the weather this time of year is just right without AC. Otherwise I would have opted for something else. The bathroom is shared but nearby.
The next day after a simple breakfast at their café I explored Selina amenities further then signed up for a bike tour for the next day for $8 USD at the tour desk. Their tour prices were more that reasonable. See my follow-up posts for activities arranged via Selina.
The rest of the day I’m just going to explore on my own.