We flew with TACA airlines from Mexico City to Lima. Our accommodation in Lima for 4 nights was Hostel El Patio . This was in Miraflores which is a beautiful part of Lima. Peru is very modern, set up for tourism and easy to get around. The hostel was fantastic. Very friendly and helpful staff, comfortable rooms, terrific breakfast and close to the bus line which runs into central Lima or down to the waterfront.
Great restaurants on the waterfront and we had coffee on the historic pier as we watched the locals surf and sunbake on the rocky beach .
Saw the changing of the guard at the Palace in Central Lima, went to an historic dig on the outskirts and took a Mirabus tour to the wetlands - an amazing bird sanctuary and the historic recently discoverd pyramid site of Pachacamac. Quite amazing! Saw some very ugly Quechuan dogs - pink and hairless. The Quechuan people are actually what most people know as the Incas. Technically the Inca was the Emperor, The Leader, The King and the people were Quechuans not Incas.
The Franciscan Monastery in Lima is a must see with the bones of 25,000 people on show in the catacombs.
I even dared to have a haircut in Lima - quite a risk seeing I can't speak Spanish and the hairdresser couldn't speak English. Quite a good haircut, a head massage and a wash and dry - $4.50!
We tried to book into the famous restaurant Astrid y Gaston (as recommended by the Tilleys from Hobart) which was only 100 metres from our Hostel but we couldn't get in. Fortunately there was a brilliant local restaurant right opposite us called Las Tendres. It had a great soloist each night on guitar and the whole restaurant became a sing a long late at night. The food was sensational as was the service. We met some very interesting locals and travellers from Brazil, Argentina and Colombia.