Lima, Peru – May 7th to 12th
Flew into Lima to slightly sunnier & warmer weather, which is much appreciated! Quito was a little cool and rainy. Our first day in town we had a wonderful bike tour around Miraflores and the Barranco District, the artistic part of town. Lima is a lovely city,.. clean, on cliffs along ocean, views, trees and good sidewalks. It reminded me a lot of the California coast. Our bike tour included stops for food. We tried many wonderful dishes including fresh ceviche, local beef stew and craft beer. Barranco had tons of really cool street art and graffiti. It was a great day!
The weather was not as nice the next day so we went to the Larco Museum. It is privately owned museum of pre-Columbian art that was started in 1926. It showcases chronological galleries that provides an overview of 4,000 years of Peruvian pre-Columbian history. The Larco Museum holds the world’s largest collection of erotic ceramics. The girls averted their eyes and very quickly went through this gallery.
One day we visited the Plaza Mayor de Lima and the Plaza San Martin, before heading over to a beautiful outdoor mall on the cliffs above the ocean. The Plaza Mayor or Plaza de Armas is the birthplace of the city. Located in the historic center, it is surrounded by the Government Palance, Cathedral of Lima, Archbishop’s Palace of Lima and the Municipal Palace.
Another evening we went to the Prague de la Reserva with it’s famous fountains. The Circuito Magico del Agua (The Magic Water Circuit) has the Guinness Book record for the largest fountain complex in the world, displaying 13 distinct fountains. The light show at night was AMAZING!