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Lima - between present and past

Lima, Peru, City Palace front view

Between the Andes with golden desert slopes, and the foamy Pacific Ocean, Lima is a metropolis changed into elegant, subtly scented with the essence of old colonial centuries. Founder of Pizarro seems to be forgotten in a corner of the city, and the glorious history of the conquest of Peru by the conquistadors in the shadow is wonderful pre-Columbian gold ornaments and valuable pre-Inca ceramics.

How few rivers from the mountains slide directly in the capital, their waters with those from waterways, gardens enliven fine, thin palm trees parks high on cliffs. Modern architectural points out, financial areas hot in Lima, and traditional markets, is bordered by bold malls. In the quiet neighborhood of cottages and sandy soil inside archaeologists dig sites recently discovered by real estate projects. And day by day, city outskirts, increase by makeshift constructions of poor Peruvians, dreaming of a better life in the capital.
This is Lima, nearly 500 years after his birth.

In the summer months, ie from December to April, Lima is warm, serene, flowering; while in winter (June-October) is covered with clouds and a persistent fog, called Garu, taking place rain in the desert of the ocean. However, temperatures do not fall below 12 º C and not exceed 29 º C often, and only moisture may be a discomfort for tourists.

Although the metropolis with 8.5 million inhabitants, has seized, valleys and slopes of the Andes, by 2010 urban transport is limited to cheap taxis and buses (or minibuses), they pretty complicated moving routes and stops to passenger’s preference. Climb on the bus at every street corner, and down where you want just have to shout "Baja!".

Walking out on the sidewalk is prepared to accompany the sounds of horns: taxi drivers ask you, with that other voice of their, unless you need to be taken somewhere, by congestion on roads and highways incredible connecting the city to agitation. In fact the continuous horn to scare, and run pedestrians at intersections to prevent collisions at high speeds, to speed up the car in front, perhaps to participate in this joyful noise general, who will miss terribly once you get back from holiday.

Last year was introduced El Metropolitano, a well developed bus with reserved runways, and in 2011, the first stations were launched Lima Metro system, an electric train with its high above the bustle of the city lines.


Of the 30 districts of Lima, Miraflores is preferred by tourists for the beautiful residential areas, hotels and restaurants of luxury, expensive shops and relaxing atmosphere. It is the greenest neighborhood with many parks and gardens; some perched on the steep cliff and offering magnificent ocean views and beach stones.

If you are looking for Peruvian crafts, stop at one of handicraft centers spread by rich neighborhood to delight your eyes with silver jewelry, woolen fabrics or pieces carved in wood. Strolling craftsmen, you'll find in Kennedy Park, along with large groups of children, music bands and artists who exhibit expressive paintings in vivid colors.

For those with claims, Larcomar shopping center has offerings as: chic shops, products with quality guarantee certificates of Peru, modern cafes and restaurants with menus worthy of culinary history. Here or in any other place, must necessarily try ceviche, raw fish marinated in lime juice and chili, served with onions, sweet potatoes and corn. Pisco Sour with a cocktail from grape brandy, lime juice and sugar syrup, ceviche is the last card of Peru cuisine.

Colonial center

Great market town gathered around a bronze fountain of 1650, the Cathedral, the Palace Arhepiscopal, Government Palace, City Hall, museums and colonial houses, some built right immediately after the founding of Lima. Walking and standing in chat on the bench under the palm trees are devoid from local life, every day of the week.

Repeatedly destroyed by earthquakes, and because restoration, La Catedral houses, in one of the chapels inside, the tomb of Francisco Pizarro, the founder of Lima. Statue of Jesus in another part of the great church is considered to be the most beautiful in the Americas.

Residence President Palacio de Gobierno is an imposing building opened in 1938 and super guarded by armed soldiers. Every day at noon, tourists and curious locals can assist in changing the palace guard.

Right near the market, the yellow building San Francisco Monastery was built over a network of catacombs used as a cemetery during colonial, for the poor. Nobles and wealthy were buried in chapels or churches, while the remaining bodies were thrown into the mass graves, then put lime. Today, tens of thousands of bones, carefully sorted and piled up, you can trigger either curiosity or a shiver down your spine.

Rafael Larco Herrera Museum

In competition, with the Gold Museum in Lima, this museum exhibits the largest private collection of pre-Columbian ceramics, along with beautiful gold and silver jewelry, textiles and Inca quipu, a network of colored knotted ropes that keep track of crops, and important events.

Rafael Larco Hoyle landowner have made a passion from discovery or purchase pieces of pottery from all over the country, so that tens of thousands of parts are divided into rooms of the museum and tell the story of cultures that have succeeded from 7000 BC until the sixteenth century e.n.

Huaca Pucllana

This archaeological site is still in use, impressed by the clay brick pyramid, built in the heart during the administrative and religious culture Lima, from the years 200-700 BC. Form ordered rows of bricks stacked walls, walls and stairs, in a harmonious whole, best seen from the high platform.

Lima lies ahead, ambitious and calculated, showing tourists the skyscrapers verticals as well as cardboard walls of houses in the suburbs. Its history is museums, sites and colonial houses, and this transpires in his art in modern architecture, music or even sports. Once out of town, you think that you will return to Lima to find more beautiful, richer than you left it.