Saturday, March 24, 2012

Saturday at the Lima Zoo

Photo: Monkey island in Parque de las Leyendas Zoo in Lima by AgainErick
3.40 PM: This has been a hectic day, already. Three hours at the Lima Zoo, followed by sushi lunch at Makoto Sushi at Larcomar. 

My good friend John recommended a visit to Parque de las Leyendas, the Lima Zoo. My nephew that has lived here for a year was thrilled by the idea, as he has never visited it before.

Parque de las Leyendas is located in the San Miguel District in Lima, not far from Jorge Chavez International Airport. We went there by taxi, and paid arpund 20 soles (USD 8). I was surprised by the size of the garden. It had a mountain section, a rain forest section, and an international section with a wide variety of different animals.

I found the vegetation intriguing as well, with huge bamboos and trees creating that mysterious, dark and lush foliage found in a rainforest. Another interesting feature were a large number of historic remains from the Huaca culture found scattered within the garden.

Then we went back to Larcomar to the Makoto Sushi Bar, ordering 6 half maki rolls, three bottles of Sapporo beer and 3 small (!) glasses Pisco Sour. It was incredibly good and exceptionally inexpensive. 270 soles (€ 76 / $ 101) for three, including tip, is extremely good value for money.  I have taken many extremely delicious photos of our maki rolls, and it will be a pleasure to write my review later.

And now? Back in our flat in Calle San Fernando to have a rest. Tonight we will go to La Rosa Nautica for dinner. I will keep you posted. 

9.45 PM: No Rosa Nautica, sadly. I had a small tummy problem, so  much so that we decided to dine in the neighbourhood, and where to go, except Antigua Bodega? I ordered my favourite ravioli filled with spinach and ricotta in gorgonzola sauce. One of my clear favourites. My friend Laila and my nephew Nils chose a pizza with prosciutto and a calzone with lomo saltado. We shared a bottle of wine. The bill for all was 170 soles ($ 63 / € 48), a great bargain!!

Now we are back in our flat, winding down and getting ready for the night, and while we are getting drowzy, people prepare for the buzzling nightlife of the metropolis.  

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