Lima, Peru

The first stop on our South America adventure was Peru. The city is a big sprawling mess, a hectic mix of modern and historic, a loud and in your face attack on the senses. It’s awesome! We gave ourselves 3 days / 2 nights in Lima, which is obviously not long enough to even scratch the surface of a city as big and diverse as Lima. But we made the best of it, sampling some of the best Lima has to offer.

Lima is a pretty interesting mix. One of the biggest cities in the Americas – 9.7 million people live inside the city limits – it has many distinct neighborhoods and regions of the city. We chose to stay in Lima’s upscale coastal neighborhood – Miraflores – and used it as our base to explore the city.

Using the Metro-Bus, we easily traveled into the historic center of Lima, spending an entire day exploring the Plaza de Armas, visiting crazy markets and wandering around the old city. Most of the historic buildings have been converted into the modern day Government buildings. It was hard to see everything in one day.

That first evening, while walking back towards our hotel, we stumbled upon a large park nearby the National Football Stadium, which had a water and light show. It’s one of those things we never expected to see, but as the light faded for the night, we were treated to a choreographed water and light show. Fountains shooting water while being illuminated by nearby lights set up some amazing pictures. The final highlight of this was a projected storytelling show, which culminated the evening.

Miraflores is the more upscale neighborhood of Lima, situated directly on the coast, with tall apartments overlooking the Atlantic Oceans. With malls and modern buildings, it felt like a different city, but fortunately for us, it is also home to some of the best restaurants and bars in the city and we ate a lot of really amazing food, including several very good Ceviche.

We even found a pre-historic adobe pyramid being excavated in the heart of a residential neighborhood called Huaca Pucllana. This still being excavated city was once home to the “Lima Culture” which pre-dates the Wari Wari and Inca and was built between 200-700 AD. Now just a tiny fraction of what the city once was, it contrasted against the modern city of Lima, fighting against the growth of the city.

Lima was very cool. We can’t wait to go back!

Lima:

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Plaza de Armas. 2017.

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Water and Light. 2017.

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On Guard. 2017.

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Sitting on the bench. 2017.

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Huaca Pucllana Adobe Pyramid structure in Miraflores. 2017.

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Plaza de Armas in the historical center of Lima. 2017.

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Water and Light. 2017.

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For the birds. 2017.

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Miraflores. 2017.IMG_5262

Huaca Pucllana Ruins in Miraflores. 2017.

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Water and Light. 2017.

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Despacio. 2017.

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Water and Light. 2017. 

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On Guard. 2017.

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Huaca Pucllana. 2017.

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