Lima, Peru – second part of my travel

One week since I got back from Lima and I still have plenty to write. But I have been lazy lately. No excuses accepted! When you know you have something to do, it’s always good to start once what you have to do. Time passing is not a solution for sure. You should scold me, but I know that some of you can’t wait for those lovely photos. Photos which indirectly carry you away in those places where you have never been, places of which you have always dreamt or maybe they are already checked on your travel notebook. Unlike some other people who travel a lot, I’ve traveled only a bit but I know that bit of traveling belongs to me. For a lifetime! It’s mine because imaginary I have left my footsteps there and I have also taken a piece of that place with me. And I do hope that I am showing it to you as best as I can via photos and writing. And I do plan to travel even more. Because this is something which I feel it makes me richer and better in so many ways. So no more beating about the bush and I will continue this blog post with the rest of the photos from Lima. We had three full days in Lima and on the second one, we decided to visit Museo Nacional de Arqueologia, Antropologia e Historia del Peru (National Museum of Archeology, Anthropology and History of Peru). Between you and me, after some time in a museum, I get bored but this one totally captivated my attention. I have not taken photos of everything because in some rooms photos are not allowed or photos with flash are not allowed and rooms are too dark, but I hope that what I have may raise your interest.

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The interior yard of the museum with flowers

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Gold tweezers

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Important to know about the Paracas culture is that they lived in Ica Region of Peru and had plenty of knowledge about irrigation and water management as well as textile arts. I regret not taking more photos of the rooms or objects where I could but if you feel you want to know more, here is a link of the museum where you can find pictures of the museums’s heritage: http://sistemas2.cultura.gob.pe/pyBienes/index.jsp?txtdenominacion=&selectmuseo=22&selectcategoria=&btnBuscar=ok.

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“This is not your country/Because you know its boundaries/Nor because of the common language/Nor because you know the names of the dead/This is your country/Because if you had to do it/You would choose it again/To build your dreams here.” – a poem by Marco Martos

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Battle field

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Como en las telenovelas (as in telenovelas)

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After the visit at the museum, we strolled a bit close to city centre called Plaza de Armas. But we had to leave the place quickly as a concert was taking place and they closed the area.

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Another important highlight of Lima is Huaca Pucllana ruins. When in Lima, go visit them. They are an important part of Lima culture and heritage. So what’s the story of this Huaca Pucllana ? Shortly, these ruins are located in Miraflores, a district in central Lima. For your information, Miraflores is the district to stay for your safety and your fun activities. You can also walk in the evening, there are lots of people on the street. Yes, Lima is lovely, but not all districts are safe and surely you don’t wanna risk your safety or belongings. Coming back to the ruins, Huaca Pucllana ruins look like a pyramid and it’s a sacred place. It seems it served for religious ceremonies and as an administrative centre. Sacrifices were made in extreme conditions such as floods or earthquakes and young women were sacrificed with their approval. A pre-Inca civilization lived here. Huaca Pucllana ruins started to be protected around the 1980’s. Because the ruins were not protected until really late, a brick factory used bricks from the ruins as raw material to produce modern ones.

Our guide in English

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What really holds the bricks together is a combination of clay, straw and shredded shells helped by the fact that rain is in a small percentage per year.

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Moving further and bringing you the best pictures, this is one of the best cakes ever eaten if not the best. When I think of it, it makes my mouth water. Name of it: Cinco leches al estilo de Sandra (5 types of milk in Sandra’s style). If only I could order it in Europe!

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Right after this delicious cake, I took this picture. I loved the tree, the hedge with the pink flowers and the house behind me.

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Another tree in Lima’s style

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And right after a short walk, we headed for some Inca markets. Colour, diversity and always something to buy! If you let me alone in such a market, I promise I’ll sleep there and in the morning you’ll find me still there hahaha! I liked a lot all of their clothing and souvenirs. But pay attention to alpaca sweaters and baby alpaca sweaters! Because not all of them are pure alpaca. But that’s another story I promise to mention in the next post. DSC_0418.JPG

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So, what would you choose from here?

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That was pretty much all about Lima! The most important I could take of it. Of course, three days were not sufficient, but it was the best vacation for me until now. But wait, there’s more!! No, no, writing is not finished here. Until next post, warm hugs, a great week and anytime you have the chance, travel as often as you can! Life is adventure!

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Mi primer dia en Lima/My first day in Lima

Lima, me encantaste mucho! I liked you a lot, Lima! And if I were to have the chanceΒ  again, I would come without thinking too much! Full of life, sunny, crowded, touristic, you eat a lot of papas y arroz (potatoes and rice served at the same time), tasty fruits, alpaca stuff, lots of handicraft work, friendly people and there is more. This is how I would describe it. If someone had told me some time ago that I would visit Peru, I would never have believed him. But I am beyond happy to have had the opportunity. Peru is a country to which you can’t say ‘no’. I’m telling you, put it on your travel notebook because Peru has a rich culture and unique history. It has places to visit, lots actually such as archeological sites. It has geographic diversity, the peruvian coast, highlands and jungle. I haven’t seen everything, but what I liked most were the terraced mountains. As top tourist attractions, Machu Picchu is on the first place, but once you are in Peru, you’ll discover there are other sites worth your visit, your money and your attention. You will not get bored, if you love travelling and are interested in exploring other cultures.

And returning back to my first day in Lima, the first thing we did was a walk close to the Pacific Ocean. It was a sunny day and quite hot. The ocean, the palm trees, the waves, the highway along the coast and one or two people paragliding delighted our sights.

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Hello, Pacific Ocean! Nice to meet you!

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Paragliding on the Pacific shore

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Peruvian art on the walls

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The palm trees and the beautifully colourful walls make the best of this picture!

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Hear the sound. Pacific Ocean waves.

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The peruvian cuisine is based mainly on corn, potatoes and rice, but it contains also a mixture of dishes from the neighbouring countries. I would say food was really good, though too much potatoes and rice served at the same time.

Enjoying some crispy chicken tacos along with some rice and beans

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And back to the Pacific Ocean

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These were the highlights of my first day in Lima, but the best of this trip is yet to come via photos. Keep an eye on it!

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