Barranco District, Lima, Peru

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March 18th 2019
Published: March 18th 2019
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In hindsight we could have spent less time here and found another place in Peru for a week or so. We found Lima too big, busy and crowded for our liking, particularly after the charm of Cuenca. Traffic in and around Lima is brutal so we avoided taxis and Uber and walked, 75km last week. The apartment was excellent and of all the districts we felt Barranco was the most genuine and the best bet f... Read Full Entry

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Huaca PucllannaHuaca Pucllanna
Huaca Pucllanna

Adobe brick pyramid built by the "Lima" people 1500 years ago as a multipurpose temple, refuge and place of sacrifice. Interesting that just a couple of days ago archaeologists found a site in northern Peru where children had been sacrificed apparently to ward off flooding from an El Nino event.
Guided tourGuided tour
Guided tour

No need to worry about the adobe getting washed away here as Lima is in a desert region and it rarely rains.
Clever designClever design
Clever design

Rain was not a problem but earthquakes were. They countered the threat by spacing the bricks and building in triangular features to minimize the effects of the quakes.
Another day, another museumAnother day, another museum
Another day, another museum

A wonderful, small museum of photography featuring the work of native Peruvian Mario Testino
A lady of CuzcoA lady of Cuzco
A lady of Cuzco

also by Testino.
Museo LarcoMuseo Larco
Museo Larco

Lima's most famous museum with beautifully preserved pieces from many pre-Inca and Inca societies, dating back up to 3000 years.
Chimu mummyChimu mummy
Chimu mummy

The intact remains of a boy king are inside this elaborate funerary costume.
Inca head dressInca head dress
Inca head dress

This escaped the clutches of the Spanish who routinely melted gold objects to ship the ingots back to Spain. The Inca were not skilled at working with metal but they conquered the Chimu who were and used their skills.
In the LarcoIn the Larco
In the Larco

Just a small sample of the thousands of important artifacts, each with its own story.
WC por favor?WC por favor?
WC por favor?

Not sure which of the banos to use? This should help.
Safe zoneSafe zone
Safe zone

This sign below a steel beam right outside our apartment door indicates that this is a safe place to be in an earthquake.
The Irony!The Irony!
The Irony!

This monument celebrating Peru's liberation from Spain is positioned right outside the Spanish Embassy.
Fuentes de LimaFuentes de Lima
Fuentes de Lima

We had an evening outing with an organized tour to see a pretty spectacular laser show projected onto fountains of water. Then we were taken to a buffet while being entertained by Peruvian folk dancers and a Cena horse riding exhibition.
New to usNew to us
New to us

On the left a little gizmo found in several restaurants. It connects to the waiter's smartphone and will get his attention or the cuenta (bill) without flagging him/her down. On the right, advertising on the sidewalk...presumably to get the attention of those with their heads down engrossed in their phones, or on the lookout for dog poop.
Day trip to PachacamacDay trip to Pachacamac
Day trip to Pachacamac

A fascinating archeological site just south of Lima. Constructed by a succession of civilizations, the last being the Inca, to pay homage to Pachacamac, the god of earthquakes. Apparently he fell out of favour when he predicted that the Spanish were just friendly traders. It is a huge site, we used the tour bus to get to different temples & pyramids.

The actual totem of Pachacamac was discovered in the 1930s, remarkably intact. The priests made a good living accepting offerings and sacrifices to him.
4 images of Pachacamac4 images of Pachacamac
4 images of Pachacamac

Upper left, the main entry to the Incan Sun pyramid set on the highest point. Upper right, a much older pyramid built in the Aztec fashion with a central ramp. Lower left, a small section of an Inca road. Their roads crisscrossed all of the Inca territory and were used by the Spanish to help conquer them. Lower right, reconstructed dwelling for young girls handpicked for sacrifice to Pachacamac.
Desert landscape.Desert landscape.
Desert landscape.

This is what Lima looked like before irrigation from 3 major rivers. In the distance can be seen a shanty town encroaching on the Pachacamac site.
and finally...and finally...
and finally...

....our last day here, our last museum. The National Archaeological Museum of Peru. This one another biggie, with artifacts from the very earliest civilizations (3000BC) to the present. Here, some great pottery from the brief Inca times. It was explained to us that the Inca were not the longest lasting or the most creative of the civilizations but they were successful conquerors and were in power when the Spanish arrived so were well documented. Non of the early South American cultures developed any form of writing.
Head bindingHead binding
Head binding

The Paraca civilization practised this technique on the heads of young children born into the ruling class, resulting in the misshapen skull seen on the right.

20th March 2019

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