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South America » Peru » Lima » Lima » Lima September 4th 2019

After a day I Lima, I am confirmed on my opinion that it's a dirty, unattractive city where the population far exceeds the infrastructure. But there are pockets of faded glory and cultural interest to enjoy. This morning but we had a tour around the highlights of the old town. We saw couple of lavish Baroque churches, including the lavish Basilica de la Señora de la Merced, one of Lima's first churches built in 1535. There were many elegant neo-colonial buildings from the 1920s and 30s, generally in decent condition but in need of a good clean. We visited the Plaza des Armas, the city's Central square, which has a fountain that flows with free Pisco on 28 July, Peru's Independence Day. We also visited Plaza de San Martin, which celebrates the leader of Peruvian Independence ... read more

South America » Peru » Lima » Lima » Lima July 19th 2019

Dear All Yay! Greetings from Peru! I have arrived safely, and have had an amazing first few days in this magical, mysterious country. On Wednesday early afternoon, I boarded a British Airways flight direct from London Gatwick to Lima, Peru, for what was really quite a long 12-hour journey. I was really very fortunate though, as two people who were sitting in two seats right at the back of the plane, just opposite from me (I had an aisle seat in the middle group of seats) were somehow bumped up a class, leaving their two seats vacant. On what seemed otherwise a full flight, I ended up switching to these two seats, and had them both to myself for the whole 12-hour flight! Perfect! I had no-one behind me (I’m not the most patient of passengers ... read more
El Circuito Magico del Agua
Pachacamac (Life-Giver of the World) Deity

South America » Peru » Lima » Lima » Lima March 7th 2019

Today we are going sightseeing in Lima. For the first time in days, no early morning alarm or eating breakfast with one eye on the time. We have the luxury of a lie in (minus the texts from daughter number 2 at 3 am). The old man wimps out of using public transport, so we take a taxi into town. We start at the art museum (MALI) which takes us on a brief chronological tour of 3000 years Peruvian art. The Spanish colonial art is fun; indigenous artists weren’t allowed to sign their work, some got round this rule by painting their faces into the picture. It’s like playing a religious game of ‘Where’s Wally’? Then we walk the length of the old city through Plaza San Martin to Plaza de Armas where we stop to ... read more
MALI - angry pot
MALI - Funeral of Atahualpa
MALI - spot the artist

South America » Peru » Lima » Lima » Lima October 26th 2018

Only one day in Lima, so decided to do a suggested walking tour of the old downtown area and do a bit of Miraflores if we had time. It was a late start because of our late arrival. We had a small but adequate breakfast before setting out at 10:15. Originally we thought we’d take a taxi into downtown but the owner, Aluaro told us to just take the bus as it only costs 1.5 soles instead of about 20 for a taxi. Also in Lima the taxis don’t use meters and you have to agree (or haggle) about a price, so we thought we’d give it a go. It was just a short walk of about 10 minutes and we saw the 301 bus arriving and rather than wait for the lights, we made a ... read more

South America » Peru » Lima » Lima » Lima October 14th 2018

Sandra from Kaypi Tours met our now expanded group of 22 people at the Hotel Allpa for our included guided tour of Lima. Our bus was late so we began by walking 6 blocks to the Huaca Pucllana Temple built around 2,000 years ago. Lucky for us Sandra used to be a docent here so we ended up with an unexpected private tour. The entrance fee is only $1.80 US per person for senior citizens and since most of us were in that category we were moved in quickly. Little is known about this early culture, but we do know it was built before Machu Picchu by a culture headed by women, the first people of Lima, the Peaceful Lima People. They believed the gods controlled their environment and it is now believed that this place ... read more
Burial examples at Huaca Pucllana Temple
Street art in Lima, a contrast of old and new
Quechua woman in the courtyard of the Church of San Francisco

South America » Peru » Lima » Lima » Lima October 13th 2018

Our LC Peru flight to Lima from Cusco touched down around noon. It’s a familiar airport to us by now, we have flown in and out from Lima a few times. We still recall having a leisurely (but interesting) dinner in the departure lounge a few nights ago, the first of a kind when we spent a relaxing few hours at the airport with no destination to go. No, this time we were not going to stay in Wyndham next to the airport. The driver from Radisson was waiting just outside the arrival lounge to pick us up. The last time we stayed in Lima, we briefly touched Miraflores when we visited Huaca Pucclana and the Larco Museum. We liked Miraflores. Not to mention that we loved Debora in Radisson. She rocks! “You know, you are ... read more
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South America » Peru » Lima » Lima » Lima September 12th 2018

I was contacted by a friend of mine concerning travel to South America. I was a little hesitant, for I had already had a vacation this year, but then I thought about it, and I said why not. Saying that, now I was on a journey to this wonderous location which was quite unexpected. There were two others and me that decided to take this journey. I was so excited, and for our main reason for the travel, we were going to one of the worlds wonders, Machu Picchu. To get there we were going to fly into Lima, Peru, then take transportation to Cusco, and make our way to Machu Picchu. Now Lima is the capital and the largest city of Peru. It is located in the central coastal part of the country, overlooking the ... read more

South America » Peru » Lima » Lima » Lima August 26th 2018

Huaca Pucclana or Pucclana Pyramid lies right in the heart of central Lima, in the Miraflores District. It is a magnificent archeological piece that was made of clay on seven staged platforms. To that end, it is not exactly a typical pyramid that we usually visualize. It was built in 4thcentury A.D. and was considered a ‘sacred village’ by the Incas. The structure is surrounded by a wall to define the outer limit whereas the central part is divided in segments and a large segment of the pyramid was used as the administrative section by the Incas. We booked a tour earlier and the tour takes about an hour to cover various sections of the Pyramid and the guide explained in detail why it was built and how different sections were used. Quite fascinating that the ... read more
Huaca Pucclana
Renzo with me and Suman - Huaca Pucclana
Huaca Pucclana next to the suburb

South America » Peru » Lima » Lima » Lima August 18th 2018

The flight landed on time. Immigration formality was over relatively quickly, …no, it was nowhere close to the chaos we saw in Mexico City. By the time we picked up our luggage and came out of the terminal it was close to 10 pm. And the Wyndham hotel was just across the street. Actually, one does not need to come out of the main terminal at all; there is a walkway from the departure level straight to the hotel. We didn’t know that. Anyway, it was not a problem taking a five minute walk down the front road to reach the main lobby. And boy oh boy; it was a fish market. There were ten to fifteen guests who just arrived and were jostling to get close to the hotel reception; and the staffs were just ... read more
Beautiful colonial style houses
Plaza Mayor, Lima
Main Square, Plaza Mayor, Lima

South America » Peru » Lima » Lima » Lima August 15th 2018

Here we are, I'm flying on my own to the North, with a first stop of 48 hours in Lima. Let's put it simply, since my first visit back in 2002, I must have come between 15 and 20 times in Lima. I'm not a local, but it's not that far. My friend has been living there for something looking like forever. He went from single, to married, and today they have two children. None of us are getting any younger! Most tourists will stay 24 hours or even less in Lima while visiting Peru. The city is indeed not the best looking and can be also dangerous if you have no idea where you are heading. But Lima has something special, it is for me one of the world capital for food. This from top ... read more
The Pcific from Larcomar
Amazing lunch at Punto Azul!!
chilcano time...pisco power!

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