|After breakfast we heard off to Huaca Pucllana, a pre Incan temple complex built between 450-650BC but sits right in the middle of the city. After being a hill that was used for motor cross it was uncovered and they have been preserving and restoring it. It is a solid structure without tunnels and chambers and was used for worship only.
We then went for a walk through the area and ended up in a supermarket checking out all the different and yum things to buy. The purple corn was pretty cool to see the place even had a fountain inside.
Then it was back towards the coast to a very trendy shopping complex that is built into the side of the cliff and had a great view over the three Pacific ocean. I even managed to find Paddington Bear! Tried KFC (as you do in a foreign country) but not impressed.
Walked along a main street heading back inland to find our meeting point for our cooking class checking out some souvenir shops along the way. It was at a central park with lots of people around, art stands, cats and some sort of book festival.
After much confusion on the meeting point instructions we met our guide Poula. There were 2 from the US, 1 from Singapore, 2 from Chile and kelvin and I participating. Firstly we were to walk to a locals market which had us leave the tourist and safer area of Mina Flores and were told to carry our bags on our front (just precautionary). Had some yummy Peruvian icecream and it was really interesting looking at all the different fruit and dried ingredients.
From here we got on a local public bus to head to Poula's mother's house. The blocks of houses here all band together to provide gates to enclose their area of homes and pay for security and doors are multi locked to stop break ins. Didn't feel unsafe tho.
Met Poula's mum spent a great few hours preparing and eating and drinking Causa limeña, Ceviche, Chicha Morada & Pisco Sour (could have had a few of those!).After all the eating it was time to leave and an Uber was called for us. A really great way to spend an evening and meet some locals.