Fort Real Felipe & La Rana Verde

Fort Real Felipe is located in Callao, a port city that is about an hour drive from where we live in Barranco. In the mid-1700s, the Spanish spent about 3 million pesetas and some two decades painstakingly hauling stones in from a nearby island. The Fort, which the Spanish generally regarded as the most important…

Larcomar Mall

LarcoMar is among the most beautiful shopping centers I have ever visited. It is sleek and modern, high end, and carved into the side of a cliff. What’s that you say? “Don’t be crazy, Jessica. Who carves a shopping center into a cliff side?” I’m telling you: Peru does. They do it and they do…

Edo Sushi

After a day full of errands, Ivo and I jumped a cab to a restaurant called “Edo Sushi.” According to Ivo, Edo Sushi is the perfect combination of price and quality. Surprisingly (to me, at least), Peru has a relatively enormous Japanese population with roughly 0.3% of its entire population being made up of Japanese Peruvians;…

El Salto del Fraile

With his usual air of mystery, Ivo told me to grab my coat— “Where are we going?” “Ahhh, you’ll see.” After about a twenty-minute drive along Peru’s coastline, we pulled into a small driveway in front of an isolated building. A grinning man in monk’s robes approached us to say hello, but the Spanish was…

La Canta Rana

In a city the size of Lima, it doesn’t seem like every single person should immediately recognize let alone have eaten at a single restaurant. That is, however, exactly the case whenever you mention “La Canta Rana,” which translates to “The Singing Frog.” La Canta Rana is not a glittering, four story, hotel-related or otherwise…

Barranco and the Bridge of Sighs

In the way of romantic outings, Ivo has been regularly knocking them out of the park. I’m attributing the past few weeks of fairy tale evenings to a combination of Ivo being a suave, dapper gentleman and Lima, Peru just plain being a beautiful city. One of my favorite things about Lima so far is…