Klimax Surfboards Miraflores Peru

Klimax Surf Shop
av. jose gonzalez 488 miraflores Peru
ve been looking around Lima to find my own surfboard.
http://www.klimaxsurf.com/

After working in Colorado as a lift operator at a ski resort for a few years I have developed quite the interest in snowboarding. Being that I have been out of the United States and far away from any snow for such a long time I decided that it was time to try my hand at surfing. I took my first lesson with Antonio Otello at the Penacal Surf Hotel in famed San Bartolo in Lima Sur. Since then I have been looking around Lima to find my own surfboard.

After checking numerous websites for used surfboards such as mercadolibre.com I decided it was time to stop by the Klimax Surf Shop to see what they had to offer. The shop was established by Rodolfo Klima who shapes most of the boards. There are a couple of locations but I chose to stop by the one in Miraflores located at the intersection of Av. Larco and Av. Jose Gonzalez.

Upon entering I was blown away by their selection. The Klimax Surf Shop has a few hundred new and used surfboards to choose from. The new boards are shaped out of foam blanks and glassed in fiberglass, rather than the newer epoxy resins, which makes for a smoother ride with more feel. An employee by the name of Carlos was very kind and showed me around the shop.

New boards start at $400 USD and come in a vast array of shapes and sizes. I believe from their website that you can also get a custom designed Klimax surfboard made exactly to your specifications. They also have a vast selection of used surfboards of various makes and models which start at $80 USD and go up to $240 USD. The used boards are in various conditions but all are atleast repaired and ready for use. Some of the used boards had obvious repairs from breakage to simple dings, but the prices seemed more than fair considering most of the airlines charge a steep fee of $200 each way to carry your own board on the airplane with you on international flights.

The Klimax Surf Shop also has a limited amount of apparel consisting mostly of hooded sweatshirts to t-shirts. They also have protectinve surfboard bags and leashes for sale as well. If you are looking for a surfboard in the Lima area I recommend that you check out Klimax Surf Shop.

Menu in Peru

Menu Peru what is the deal?

In the United States we are accustomed to ordering our food off of the menu, be it at a drive thru or a fancy sit down restaurant. In Peru, Menu has an entirely different meaning. You will see the word Menu mostly on billboards sitting out in front of the local restaurants. In Peru, Menu means the specials of the day. Rather than choosing one item you order Menu and get a 2 course meal.

The first Menu serving normally is a soup or sopa which is sometimes referred to as caldo or chupe depending on the ingredients. Popluar choices are caldo de gallina (chicken soup made with a hen), caldo de camote (sweetpotatoe), Chupe de mariscos (seafood like muscles or clam), Chupe de pescado (white fish) or my most favorite Chupe de langostinos (a spicy shrimp soup).

Most often you will have a choice other than soup such as papa huancaina which is one of the most popular around the country. Papa huancaina is made of skinned and sliced boiled potatoes topped with the Peruvian favorite, a spicy sauce, made from aji amarillo or orange peppers and queso de casa which is fresh white cheese and saltine crackers blended together with milk.

The second dish is dependent on what was fresh in the market that day. Items range from cebiche with chicharrone de calamar also known as fried calamari, lomo saltado (a spiced steak and pepper mix served over fried potatoes and rice just to name a few. The second dish will vary widely depending on which area of Peru that you are visiting.

In addition to the two courses you will sometimes be served a refresco which is some sort of drink as well. Refresco can range from a sweetend tea to maracuya passion fruit drink.

To sum up the meaning of Menu in Peru it basically means that you are going to get a full meal and sometimes a beverage as well. There is usually a set price listed on the billboard which will let you know the price for the meal. In Lima and in Cusco I normally pay between 4 and 7 soles for Menu when eating in the markets, but places outside of the markets can be much more costly. In Mancora Menu can be as pricey as s./ 12 soles on the avenida grau.

My all time favorite place to get Menu is the Cristo Rey Cebicheria which is close to where I stay in Rimac not far from the Plaza de Armas where prices are normaly 6 or 7 soles depending on how big a portion you decide on. Remember the Menu and one thing is for certain you will not go hungary while visiting Peru. Bon Appetite!

Restaurant Mechita Mancora Peru Review

Cebiche de Langostinos
Cebiche de Langostinos

Restaurant Mechita
av. grau n. 229 mancora talara

On my recent vacation to Mancora Peru we decided to eat at a little place on the main street running through town call Restaurant Mechita. We found the place while we were looking for a place to get Menu for cheap. We noticed that they had Menu advertised out front on the billboard for s./8 soles so we decided to give it a try. The menu lists various marisco’s seafood and criolla fare and the prices are about half what you will pay at the Espada, which I did not visit after reading several bad reviews.

We ordered chicharrones de calamar which is fried calamari for our girls for s./8 soles. The menu came with a starter of papas huancaina which was decent although it is pretty hard to screw up skined boiled potatoes in huancaina sauce, it was good though as I tried a taste. The chicharrone de calamar was very fresh and cooked to perfection. I was in the mood for some fresh shrimp and decided to try their cebiche de langostinos which is priced at s./15 soles or about $5 usd.

The cebiche de langostinos was absolutely superb! The shrimp were fresh and plentiful as I did not expect to get so many shrimp for that price. The leche de tigre was perfectly spiced with ricotta pepper and red onions combined with key limes. The dish was served with a piece of choclo corn and camote sweet potatoes on the side.

The restaurant has outdoor seating on the front patio and ample room inside. They were showing the world cup game inside which is where we were seated. If you are going to try to get Menu on avenida grau rather than the boardwalk this is a good choice. I give Restaurant Mechita (***) 3 stars for a delicious quick lunch.

Tacos in Peru

Bimbo Tortillas Peru
Bimbo Tortillas Peru

I have always had a craving for Mexican food.  Tacos and Mexican food have always been my favorite food, but here in Peru it is almost impossible to find real tacos unless you make them yourself.  Taco Bell used to be in Peru, but have exited the market.  There is a place on the Calle de las pizzas that sells their take on Mexican cuisine, but I havent bothered to try it.  There is also a new place in the Plaza Norte shopping mall in the food court that is selling Tacos made with peruvian flavors which I also passed on.

I ran out of corn tortillas soon into this trip down to Peru. I had not been able to find any tortillas or taco sauce my entire first trip, which lasted for 4 weeks. This trip I was nearing 6 weeks when I stumbled upon a gold mine of Bimbo Tortillas while grocery shopping at the new Plaza Vea on Avenida Wilson. The Tortillas were near the bottom shelf of the american style sliced bread isle at the edge of the store. After walking around I also found a rack of them at the cheese counter. It was a relief to find them as I have been craving some real authentic Mexican for the last few weeks.

A package of 10 Bimbo Tortillas was priced at s./5 soles, but I would have paid more if I had to. I have searched 3 different Metro supermarkets in Lima center and Rimac as well as the new super Tottus on avenida Tacna and have yet to find anything resembling Mexican Taco sauce or taco seasoning. Monday will be taco night complete with ground beef and some steak fajitas too. What a relief, VIVA La Mexico!

The Old Pub Miraflores Peru

The Old Pub is located at the end of the Calle de las pizzas in Miraflores, Peru. I found it quite fantastic upon entering having been out of the United States for over 2 months straight. The décor is fashioned like that of an authentic English watering hole, with large bar and old english decorations. The bar even houses authentic Imperial Stout right on tap!

They have several brand new 50” LED flat screens with football on daily. The menu is great if you want to get a taste from back home. They have fantastic buffalo wings and the beer is perfectly chilled. The service is friendly and bilingual as are the majority of eateries on the calle de las pizzas.

Items on the menu include sandwiches, burgers, steaks ( even the chateaubriande). Items range from s./15 for appetizers to s./55 soles for the chateaubriande which is enough for 2. The drinks range from cusquena s./9 (330ml) jarobe s./25, pilsen s./8 and a little more for imports. They also have a variety of wine and plenty of whisky to choose from.

If you are looking for a place to go watch a game or just looking for a glimpse of home go check out The Old Pub in Miraflores for a great time. I give the Old Pub *** stars.

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Restaurant Tumi Mancora Peru Review (***) Stars

Restaurant Tumi – Mancora Peru

The Restaurant Tumi is located on the boardwalk connecting the Pahamerican Highway to Mancora Beach on your righthand side. I chose this place because they were advertising Menu for s./ 8 soles. Tumi is an open air place with plenty of seating. The seafood was fresh and the beer was super cold.

Menu ranges from fresh fish, chicharon de pescado, chicharon de langostinos, lomo saltado and assorted other dishes as they have quite a large Menu daily. The first serving of the day was a choice of fresh cebiche or paps huancaina. The huancaina sauces was great and I like it spicey! I ordered chicharon de langostinos while my family chose chicharon de pescado and lomo saltado. All the meals were good and served hot.

I recommend it as a nice place to get out of the sun while enjoying a nice quick meal. I give the Restaurant Tumi in Mancora, Peru a rating of (***) 3 stars for budget travel dining.

Best Pizza in Peru Pizza Palace

Pizza Palace – Best Pizza in Peru

The Pizza Palace located in the Plaza de Armas is my favorite place to stop in for a quick bite and the Pizza is the best I have had in Peru. The ingredients are fresh and the pizza is great. The atmosphere is perfect for a stop on a date if you are enjoying a walk through the Plaza de Armas to see the fountains, touring a nearby museaum or shopping in the jiron de la union.

Pay for a gaseosa y pizza personal (a slice) at the caja and grab your food and head to one of the many bar stools for seating. Cost for a soda and a slice of the best pizza in Peru is s./ 2.50 or about $.95 usd.

I give the Pizza Palace a rating of (****) stars for the excellent pizza and budget friendly prices it is a must try when visiting the Plaza de Armas in Lima, Peru.

Cruz del Sur Sucks

cruz sucks

Cruz del Sur aka Curz del Sur Not Recommended!

I want to start off with saying I am completely disgusted with my entire experience with Cruz del Sur. Unless trouble is what you want on your journey I suggest that you try another bus line. While traveling through Peru with my Peruvian wife and our 3 kids we have taken many bus trips. Normally we try to get the best deal for the best service.

After a fun filled week in Vichayito Beac, Mancora, Peru we had to get home. We were unable to get seats on Civa Exclusiva and decided to try Cruz del Sur for the first and last time.

I have always compared the rates for Cruz del Sur and until now always chosen to take a more affordable bus line. They charge 12 soles that most of the other bus lines, and from the english website you get a feeling that it is a decent company. However, please do not be fooled with their advertising or shiney black buses.

Upon purchasing our tickets we were given a discount of 5 soles per ticket which was kind of strange. We chose 160 degree seating as they assured us that it was the best seating for the price. I am 6 feet tall and 220 lbs. Not chubby but athletic and the lady at the counter smiled and assured me that I would be happy with the accomidations.

The first problem we encountered was that the lady at the counter in Mancora said she did not have change. As we sat and waited for the bus to arrive several other would be passengers paid and we returned to the counter twice and were told that she still did not have change. I got the feeling that she was trying to steal 5 soles. As 2 other Cruz del Sur employees showed up for work I double checked my ticket which said 105 soles and then made certain the lady hear me tell my wife that if she didnt want to give us our change that I would be calling their corporate offices and filing a formal complaint.

Not the way you want to start a journey to say the least. The Cruz del Sur bus arrived 25 minutes late and we were rushed onto the bus. Once on the second floor I was utterly appalled to find that we were going to spend the next 23 hours smashed into tiny seats with little to no leg room. The Civa bus had already gone by 30 minutes before or I would have demanded a refund.

We had to get back to Lima for work and decided I would try to make the best of the ride as I spend 8 weeks living in the back of my compact Jeep Wrangler car camping in the Rocky Mountains and figured I could deal with not having ample room.

The 3rd problem we encountered was when the bus departed from the station and then we knew we were in for a long bumpy and very uncomfortable ride home. The bus looked brand new on the outside but had to be over 10 years old judging from the seat padding and overall condition of the inside. The ride was rough and so bumpy that 2 of our children and my Wife vomited from the constant shaking from side to side. I liked the experience to being lashed to the main sail of a small sail boat during a category 5 hurricane.

We kindly asked the attendant for some rubbing alcohol and motion sickness pills at the first stop to which he laughed and said there was no pharmacy. Then he moved on down the cabin to chat with the gringas onboard. A little while later we were served and the jerk attendant laughed and asked if I wanted all 5 of our meals as our kids were too sick to eat. The food was cold and mine looked like someone had chewed up some chicken and spit it out right on my plate. I did not eat this as I brought plenty of snacks on board.

Following a few old movies in english with spanish subtitles we tried to go to sleep. The seats are not full 160 degree seats and there is no foot room. The seats themselves are also a little smaller than most coach airline seats and very uncomfortable. I was very tired and fell asleap for 51 minutes until I was awakend by the bus swaying from side to side. For the next 4 hours I sat there with my eyes closed and half awake. I got up and went to the bathroom and it smelled like a chicken farm and there was urine all over the place.

We were served a muffin and a small sandwich for breakfast. We neared Lima and were stuck behind an traffic accident for about 45 minutes in the steep hills of Pasamayo where a truck had overturned. We got back on our way and passed the mega plaza in Comas before we hit grid locked traffic on the expressway. For the next 3 hours the driver sat in traffic moving less than 3 km. I undrestand traffic jams as I have encountered gridlock in NYC and LA but have no explanation for why the driver did not exit the expressway and get us moving. Instead he got into the far left hand land and just sat there.

We arrived 4 hours late and encountered another lazy employee at the baggage claim. One of my bags was the last one off the bus and I stood patiently awaiting the bag handler who was too busy staring at the wall to get my bag for me. I asked for it 8 times in spanish before another employee handed it to me. On the way out a Cruz del Sur employee bumped into my oldest step daughter knocking her to the ground and did not appologize or offer her a hand getting to her feet.

I have never before experiences such horror as this bus journey and I will never take Curz del Sur anywhere ever again. I plan to make it a point to inform all tourists visiting Peru about my terrible experience so that they will not make the same choose. Stay away from Cruz del Sur as you will regret it! I give them a rating of 0 Stars.

If you wish to debate my ratings I welcome you to post in comments.

Mochileros Lorr Mancora Restaurant Review (***) stars

The Mochileros Lorr is located on the boardwalk linking the Panamerican highway to Mancora Beach. They serve Menu daily with a wide selection to chose from. Prices for Menu are s./7 soles and include a fruit juice drink.

The food in this open air eatery was decent but the best thing about this place was the 3 cold beers for 12 soles special that they run daily. I was even offered my beer for 4 soles as well. The Menu special for the day consisted of a choice of cebiche or chicharon de pescado with a maracuy passion fruit juice and your choice of entree ranging from fish to shrimp with different preparations. I chose the cebiche and chaufa con langostinos. The food was served prompty and the beer was ice cold, probably the coldest I encountered on the entire trip up north.

The Cebiche was fresh and the Chaufa con langostinos was pretty good. They also serve parilla de tuna which smelled fantastic. I recommend the Mochileros Lorr for a decently priced place to eat close to the main drag in Mancora, Peru. I give it a rating of 3 stars.

Mancora Peru Where to eat

Mancora is a tourist destination and there are tons of choices when it comes to dining be it a light lunch to a feast for dinner. The Panamerican Highway runs right the main strip of Mancora, where you will find a plethora of tourist shops, banks, atm’s, boticas / pharmacies, and plenty of restaurants to choose from.

Along the Panamerican Highway you will find that most of the restaurants are a little pricey, but Menu can still be found for as little as 5 Soles. For those who are not familiar with the Peruvian version of “Menu” it means that you are given a choice of starters, usually cebiche or papa huancaina or maybe chicarron de pescado, followed by you main dish of choice and a drink, normally a fruit extract or personal gaseosa ie soda like Inca Kola.

Among the Restaurants along the Panamerican Highway that I would recommend are the Mare e Monte Restaurant and Polleria. The chicken is good and the locals love the place. We went on for Father’s Day at dinner time and the place was packed. Prices are decent and the food is good.

I recommend staying away from the Espada Restaurant as well as the one just to the North of it as well as we had a quite nasty lunch at this place. The Espada we did not try due to reading numerous poor reviews prior to our trip. Prices here were also really high.

My best deals on fresh fish and seafood were found on the pedestrian street that leads to the main part of Mancora Beach. I ate at 3 different open air restaurants along this street and enjoyed Menu at all 3. The fish is fresh and the price is great for travelers on a budget. Menu here ranges from $7 to $10. Cerveza and cold beer is S./4 soles for a 660 ml bottle on this street as opposed to right on the beach where S./6 beers are the norm.

Restaurants that I recommend here are the Restaurant Tumi and the Mochileros Larr. The Mochileros larr had great cebiche and super cold beer as well as friendly staff.

Be sure to check out the hand made jewlery shop across from the Restaurant Tumi where you can find custom made jewelry ranging from alpaca with authentic mexican torquoise to sterling silver.

Night time I suggest trying a sit down dinner at one of the eateries to the south end of the Panamerican Highway. The Beef House in Mancora has a nice selection of steaks and american style baked potatoe to boot. There are a few pizza places and other assorted places for dinner too.