I made my first trip to LIma in 2006 with the KIng Of Peru I had no idea of what to expect but I knew that I had always wanted to visit the country so it wasn’t daunting. The heat and the sheer amount of humanity around cannot fail to overwhelm you. Peru has a population of about 29million of which 8 million live in Lima.
When you first leave Jorge Chavas airport the heat, noise and traffic hit you head on, the traffic can only be described as chaotic. The thing that will strike you most are the smiles, the people are so friendly, they will reflect your smiles right back.
Peru is a rapidly growing country they have minerals that we could only dream of but there is still unimaginable poverty, and these are the people you need to be aware of. The people who walk up and down the beaches every day in the heat selling their wares they live for the day, for the evening meal or their children’s school fees. By school fees I don’t mean the £5k a term like in the UK I mean a basic education. No matter how hot it is or how tired they are they always greet you with a huge smile.
All that aside Peru took me under its spell immediately, for me the annual trip is a joy, a home from home. It is amazing to keep a wardrobe in far flung land. On my very first trip I fell in love with a property in Las Gaviotas, sitting literally on the Pacific shore line. This has been our Peruvian home for six years but in december 2013 will see us in a a different home after I fell totally in love with it on day trip to a beach south of Lima.
I once asked the King of Peru “what do you eat in Peru” and in fairness he could never have given me an adequate answer, the food is amazing. An article in the Economist was testament to this. Peru is a garden of eden, there are fruits that only grow in Peru that are so sweet you will think you are in Paradise, combine this with the fruits of the Pacific ocean and you have food you can only dream of.
Our trips are fairly simple we have out own routine, that doesn’t include going to Machu Picchu, Cusco and the amazon it includes messing around at the beach and Miraflores. Having crab ceviche at the beach or Lomo Saltado in La Tiendecita Blanca, just whatever we fancy with no real plans.
On the last trip were luck enough to celebrate the 92nd birthday of the King of Peru’s stepfather, I have included a photo of the birthday boy.
Mario Testino has also just opened MATE is new foundation for Peruvian artists, an old traditional Lima house has been restored magnificently in Barranco. A collection of his own vogue covers was on display at the time, well worth a visit at any time.
This december it will be different, we will be in our new property in Caballeros, a beautiful spot about 40km south of Lima. This will add a whole new vibe to the trip it will much more of a beach lifestyle. I am looking forward to spending some time everyday on the gorgeous beach whilst the KIng is surfing the famous waves.
We have travelled with KLM on every trip and it is has always gone smoothly apart from the year the snow meant I spent xmas day in Schipol airport, interesting it was not, but I got there in the end. Last year Vicktor & Rolf had taken over the design of the comfort bags, much better than before. Pink for girls and black for boys. It is time for the phone call to KLM again.
Here are a few photos of past trips, the amazing views, the amazonian garden centres, our garden, birthday boy, surfer boy, (the king of peru) and a few more.