Today is Day #15 and it’s been a few days since we arrived at Jorge Chavez International Airport (LIM) in Lima, Peru.  The flight in from Costa Rica wasn’t too bad – another Copa flight – and only about 3 hours and 15 minutes.  Once on the ground in Peru, we were amazed on how easy it was to get through immigrations, pick up luggage, and final out through customs.  It seemed to take only 10 minutes or so.  Much better than the typical 45 minutes I remember from our domestic SFO days!

It took about 50 minutes to reach our apartment in Miraflores… partially due to traffic, and partially due to the fact that there appears to be ZERO direct transit roads through this city with the exception of the road along the Pacific coast.

Our apartment for the week consists of the entire 4th floor of one of the many apartment buildings lining the cliffs along the Pacific Ocean.  We even had our own elevator entrance which was pretty cool.  The view from the balcony was awesome.  We could see the waves of the Pacific and we overlook a few soccer fields.  A running path across the street is perfect for Jeni and I… and there were runners and bikers although through the day and night.

It was perfect for our first family workout session.  Kiddos were oh so happy that mom and dad were forcing them to attempt interval training!

Family selfie before first interval workout

This area was perfect for exploring on foot – with an bike and walking path winding along the costal cliffs and numerous parks scattered throughout the area.  And dogs!  Lots and lots of dogs!  The kiddos enjoyed playing with a few of the furry friends.

Every spot along the way allowed for views of the beach and water’s edge below the 250ft cliffs.

For this two week trip to Peru, the kiddo’s grandparents made the trip down from Texas to join in on the fun!  These are Stephen’s parents – Jerry and Becky.

The extended family

In addition to some incredible dining experiences at Central and Maido (blog postings to come), we’ve spent time walking around the Miraflores and San Isidro neighborhoods.  We didn’t have any particular destination in mind – just spending time exploring the city streets.

Jeni and E strolling

We will admit that the areas we have been exploring is only a small segment of the city, and one that resembles New York City rather than the standard living areas of this city of 10 million.  But we did have a chance to visit one of the larger markets in which thousands of residents shop for their daily food and necessities.

Mercado Surquillo

This post only touches on our initial impression of this great city… there is much more to come about out exploits and experiences in the coming days.  We have a post from the kiddos chronicling their paragliding experience…(SPOILER ALERT!  Kiddos had a ton of fun!)

… a RUNNING THE WORLD blog post following our LimaRunningTours experience (in which we hired a local guide to take us on a run through another area of Lima… and a brand new category with an introductory post!