Oasis

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Just few hours away of Lima by busit's the beautiful oasis of Huacachina.

Despite it's considered touristy by many, this place is still a gem even for Peruvians, which spent their Easter holidays there.

Huacachina is an oasis in the middle of the peruvian desert, the xxx at xxx altitude. It is known because of its buggy rides on the desert and sandboarding. Should you need more excuses to go? Bumpy rides that felt like a themed park in the middle of nowhere, beautiful and colourful sunset and adrenaline shot by trying to sandboard. OH YES, PLEASE.

You probably won't need more than a day there, unless you use it as a link between other nearby cities. You can also spend some extra time just to chill and endure the entertainment that it provides: swimming pools, good food and partying.

I stayed at Banana's Adventure, which was great at first -great facilities, great service, swimming pool, lots of activities, great peeps- but my room was next to some sort of club and I literally could not sleep all night. BUMMER!

In any case, if you have some time to spare, this is defo what you should do!

P.S.: Please make sure you get there by Cruz del Sur bus, I've never experience such a fancy bus ride! Even better than some long-distance flights. There, I said it.

TCB x

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WHAT I WORE:  

FOMO London Snake Leggings

H&M Sport Top

Stan Smith Adidas Trainers

Hot Spots in Lima City

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I must admit spending time in Lima over the holidays was a lot of fun. Not only this city has lots of culture but lots of friendly people, great food and great fashion.

The fashionistas Sole, Anny and Jeani were the greatest hosts and they showed me around as if I was one of them. Everywhere we went was FAB and therefore you need to know about it.

Foodies out there, if you haven't been at least at one of Chef Gaston Acurio restaurants, then you haven't really tried the essence of Peru. Here people pay tribute to the Chef religiously. He was the one who brought back to the country the love for food and the curiosity to try new things, and his meals reflect it.

I suggest Panchita for anticuchos, Madame Tusan for chifas (that is fusion between Asian and Peruvian cuisine) or La Mar for great seafood dishes like ceviche.

However, there are other great options as well. Popular in Larcomar has a great seaside view and is perfect for a gals brunch; and so is Cosme in front of the beautiful store Isidra in San Isidro neighbourhood.

Speaking of shopping, I must admit Peru has great talents! I managed to meet in person the jeweller and shoe designer Ariana Santillana and she is such a babe! Not to mention her designs are super dreamy. If you are looking for minimal yet trendy items, she's your gal. If you are looking for something more querky/vintage...then you have Jessica Butrich. Watermelon bag? Check. Watermelon Heels? Check Check. And then you need a bikini, of course. For that, the one and only choice you should go for is Capittana.

There are many more designers worth having a look and they probably have a store in Miraflores or San Isidro, fashionista spots in the city.

Barranco is also a very hip neighbourhood. Mario Testino recently opened its own museum there! Not to mention the area is full of artists and street art. Yuppie.

All in all, you've got a couple of busy days in the city to go for.

I certainly enjoyed it. I hope you do too.

TCB xx

VIEW FROM POPULAR RESTAURANT IN LARCOMAR

VIEW FROM POPULAR RESTAURANT IN LARCOMAR

CHOCLOS CON SALSA

CHOCLOS CON SALSA

ARIANA SANTILLANA  ATELIER

ARIANA SANTILLANA ATELIER

COSME RESTAURANT, SAN ISIDRO

COSME RESTAURANT, SAN ISIDRO

pulpo sellado, Quinua al pesto, crema de palta y sal de aceitunas

pulpo sellado, Quinua al pesto, crema de palta y sal de aceitunas

PUENTE DE LOS SUSPIROS, BARRANCO

PUENTE DE LOS SUSPIROS, BARRANCO

MARIO TESTINO MUSEUM, BARRANCO

MARIO TESTINO MUSEUM, BARRANCO