Another Cruz Del Sur Peru Bus Crash
Just to review a second time Cruz del Sir Peru Sucks! I mean Cruz del Sur just sucks, IT SUCKS!
Worst Customer Service, we got robbed by the ticket office for s./50. They never gave us our change and they hostess left and never returned!
Worst Staff, Rude and Dishonest
Worst Security, Knocked my daughter to the ground and didnt so much as try to pick her up or apologize
Slowest Bus in Peru! 2 times as long a ride from Mancora to Lima than normal and we were not permitted to disembark when caught in gridlock for 3 hours without moving 10 feet in Lima only 15 minutes from the terminal and forced to wait on a hot bus with no air conditioning for 3 extra hours! No Refund or compensation offered.
Cruz Del Sur Peru, Not Recommended! Cruz Del Sur Peru just Sucks!
Refer to my extended review for more in depth sucking of Cruz Del Sur Peru! Civa Exclusive kicks Cruz del Sur’s ASS in Top Rated Bus Service Peru!
The Barbecue fanatic in me just had to take an expedition to the City of Huaral about an hour north of lima along the costal highway in search of the infamous Chancho al Palo otherwise known as spit smoked hog. Getting there I chose to take a short coach bus ride with our entire family and inlaws over a sunny weekend. Upon arriving at the bus terminal we were surrounded by taxistas, the norm when getting off any tourist bus in Peru.
My Aunt had been there many times and being so close to Lima we already knew where to go for the best to be had, La Ramadita de Warmy. Upon arriving after a short 5 minute cab ride we exited the convoy to experience exotic aromas of smoking hardwood and sizzling meat off the bone.
Chancho al Palo
Upon entering I had a huge grin on my face as soon as I saw the open wood smoke style set up with spits filled with whole hogs being spun ever so slowly by hand. We sat and ordered some nicely chilled Pilsen Cerveza while the youngsters headed to the back where they have a small walk through zoo with many different animals and lots of different parrots.
I liken this place to a huge banquet center with seating for several hundred, although not at capacity I couldn’t believe the size of the place. TV’s had peruvian soccer on while large groups of families celebrated the sunny weather on a warmer winter weekend. Children were playing and families and friends were enjoying the wonderful smells from the fires to the chancho.
Sides were brought leisurely and the Pork soon followed. Wow, crispy pork skin slow smoked over an open fire. It just don’t get any better than that. The skin was the best part but the meat was excellent and the sides were nice but the Hog is what we were there for. After many rounds of Cerveza and second orders of Chancho we had our fill.
We had a great time and I have since tried several different chancho’s al palo but this one is my favorite and I plan to return soon.
Land of the Lefts.
Some Historians say that Surfing as a sport began in Ancient Peru some 2000 years ago. Fisherman were the first to tame the waves of the Peruvian coastline in Caballitos de totoras which can still be ridden today on the beaches of Huanchaco. These reed wave machines were used to fish in and carry the pescadores back to the beach when the days catch was complete.
From the Beach Boys time at the break Cero Azul to the Northern boarder with Ecuador waves are ridden and ripped by locals, surf travelers and even 2004 Peruvian WSOP World Champion, Sofia Mulanovich.
Peru’s coastline is full of classic spots from the longest left in the world, Chicama, to the Peruvian North Shore. Waters around the Lima area are well known and frequented by locals on even the coldest days of winter, as the coldest is around 65 degrees. Beginning in Miraflores in front of Club Waikiki you will find favorite local spots from Pampilla to Makaha. Further south you will find charging breaks at Herradura, Punta Hermosa, Big Wave surf championship spot Pico Alto, San Bartolo, all the way down the coastline to Cero Azul some 150 KM south of Lima.
Circuito de Playas Lima y Lima Sur
If you are a beginner just starting out lessons are available in Miraflores at the circuito de playas right next to the Restaurante Nautica on the pier. Another option is the Penascal Surf Hotel and Hostel run by Antonio Otello. The Penascal Surf Hotel is a great place to get out of Lima and spend a few days in the water. They offer private rooms along with food and refreshments, lessons are also available. Both options have boards and wetsuits available.
Herradura Point Barranco, Lima, Peru
Water is warm January until the end of March and cool the rest of the year with July and August being the coldest months. A 3/2 Fullsuit is recommended at that point but waters are not terrible cold. If you are looking for a cheap board check out the Klimax Shop in Lima a few blocks towards the beach from Parque Kennedy.
Penascal Surf Hotel click here for link
Travel south of Lima is available via public bus, taxi and even coach bus if you are heading all the way to Canete.
Only in the event of not chowing down on my hometown World Famous Kansas City BBQ Shops I choose La Lucha Sangucheria as the Best Sangucheria in the Galaxy! Famous for its Criolla Cuisine and House Fries straight out of you heavenly dreams come a place even my buddy Gaston Acurio is known to frequent.
Located on the 1st floor (Primero Piso) of the Flying Dog Hostel next to the McD’s at Parque Kennedy here you will find what is in my fine opinion the finest Sanguch shop to be had anywhere. At night you will wait but its worth every second. Seating is limited so be ready to attack for your spot at first sight of seat! Even at Lunch this place packs them in. Authentic Criolla meats piled high on fresh french rolls and quite possibly the finest Fries which ever have been created.
This is a must for anyone visiting Miraflores and bring your appetite because you are going to simply love every bite. I have been going to this place since my first trip to Peru and make a point of visiting as often as I can, normally every week when I am in country. You won’t find anything close anywhere in the world. I normally go for a “La Lucha” a steak stack exquisitely seasoned and a side of “Papas Fritas Huayro”, Perus Best. Don’t forget a fresh jugo or “extracto” to go with it. I go for the Pina!