Within a few days, I’ll be on my way to Iguazu Falls (Foz Do Iguacu, Brazil) and Lima, Peru. The basics are in place, but I feel like there’s so much that’s still up in the air (pun unintentional).
Flights are on LAN. JFK-LIM-IGU-LIM- JFK. It was a mistake fare of less than $400 per person. I’m dragging Won’t Run along (he’s actually looking forward to the trip too). We’ll have 4 Nights in Iguazu and 3 nights in Lima (but only two real days in Lima). The hotels are set, but not much else.
any information on LIM or IGU airports? As for lounges, I have Priority Pass lounge access.
Phone – Both hotels offer free wifi. I have a locked iPhone. I’ve spoken to Verizon, and for $40 I can get unlimited texts, 100 minutes phone and 400MB data. I may purchase this so I can have basic service. Any thoughts or suggestions?
Money – I’ll obviously bring a credit card (or three) that have no foreign transaction fees. Are credit cards widely accepted or do I need a fair amount of cash? What’s the rules on tipping in these two locations?
I’ll be staying at a decent small hotel on the Brazil side, in the town of Foz do Iguacu.
I know I’ll be seeing the falls at least one day, but what else is there to do?
What tours do you recommend?
Food – My hotel includes breakfast. What restaurants do you recommend for lunch/dinner?
How about essentials? changing money – is there a bank at the airport?
any other tips or warnings?
I plan to spend a good amount of time relaxing and sipping caipirinhas.
Lima is the capital of Peru and a very large South American city. I’ll be staying at a nice hotel in Miraflores.
From the airport, I’ll either take a private car service or a green taxi.
I know that there is a lot to see in Lima – how should I arrange this – by tour or hop on bus or just head out to the sites (carefully) on our own – what must we see?
Museums – I like to go to a museum or two, but not spend entire vacations at museums. Which two museums would you recommend? The Gold Museum? Museo Larco? Museo de la Nación? (here’s a little known fact about me – I studied Pre-Columbian cultures and art in college).
Where is it safe? Where is it not safe? Pointers and tips?
Is it safe to go running outdoors?
Food – Lima is known for its vibrant food scene. Can a city have more restaurants than Lima? what time do people go out to dinner?
For our one very nice meal, I narrowed the choices to Astrid y Garcon, Central and IK. I have a dinner reservation one night at IK, but it is at 10 p.m. – is that too late?
As for less expensive meals, do you have any recommendations?
Do you have any recommendations for Cerviche restaurants, etc?
Thank you for your input! I am sure that there’s a lot that I’m forgetting – I’m excited for this trip!