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Published: December 18th 2012
Day 2: Sundary, August 12th, 2012 -
Today, my sister and I decided to explore the city of Lima, Peru. We woke up early thinking that Lacromar, the tourist mall, would be opened by 10:00am but that we not the case. So we decided to take a stroll down Miraflores beachside. We found a park called Love Park. There we found a status in the middle of the park of two lovers embracing surrounded by walls of romantic quotes scripted in mosaic tiles. I went a little camera crazy and took a lot of pictures of the park ;-)
When we returned to Lacromar we book a city tour of Lima and a night tour including the Magic Water Circuit with Citysightseeing. The tour left at 2:15pm so we had plenty of time to look around and have lunch. We walked to the central park where there was a Zumba demonstration and some sort of fitness festival. Painters also displayed works of art in the main square.
We found a restaurant called Cafe de La Paz, where we tried ceviche, soup and pisco sours. It was one of the best meals I have ever tasted in
Peru. The ceviche was really good but the soup was to die for. The drinks were strong and we got pretty tipsy. I am one of those people who can not hold their own liquor. One drink and I an pretty much gone ;-)
After lunch, we headed back to Lacromar for our citysightseeing bus tour of Lima. In Barranco, we saw the bridge of sighs and a church that was damaged in a war and rebuilt only to become damaged again in an an earthquake.
After Barranco , we passed by the Huaca Pucllana on our way to the city center. At the historical center of Lima, we viewed the archbishop palace, the cathedral, government palace and the Basilica and Convent of San Francisco. The buildings in the historical center are bright yellow. Apparently, Lima is known to have cloudy skies year round. The president wanted a contrast to the sky so he had the buildings painted yellow like the sun.
At the church of San Francisco, we visited the catacombs. The catacombs were really creepy. The guide was telling us in the olden days people were buried underneath the church. By counting the bones historians
know approximately how many people lived during that time. People were not only buried under San Francisco but every other church in Lima.
After the tour we grabbed a quick dinner to go from Pizza Hut and ate it on the bus during the night tour. The magic water circuit was the highlight of the night tour. The projected show on the water was quite amazing to watch. My favourite part was the opening of the flower, the ballarina and peruvian dancers.
After the show we toured the historical center of Lima. The downtown core was all lit up. Then we headed back to our hotel and got some rest before the next day where we travelled to Puerto Maldonado to get acquainted with the Peruvian Amazon.
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