Lima, Peru

Lima was built in the 1500s by Francisco Pizarro and the Spanish conquerors.  It became the capital of the country, replacing the old capital of Cusco.  It is among the largest cities in South America.  It is a typical sprawling metropolitan area. It does not have that much that is unique and remarkable.  It has the typical official buildings of the Europeans (now adopted by the Peruvians), and the huge colonial churches, at the center of town; with the common people living in the less notable and more typical city surroundings.  The streets are busy with people going about their daily lives. There is plenty of public transportation – going all the way from three-wheelers to buses.  People are everywhere.  The city has a lively heartbeat.  Life seems to be better organized in the streets than some of the more chaotic cities that I have been to.  Here are some pictures.

Basilica and Convent of San Francisco.  There is a monastery of Franciscan monks in the compound beside the church. It is in the downtown area.  It is a legacy of the Spanish colonization.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThere are catacombs beneath the structure of the monastery. It is estimated that about 25,000 bodies were buried here.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHere is our group walking in the government district.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe main square of Lima.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAA traffic intersection in the city.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERATraffic flows on the outskirts of the city.  The flow was quite smooth compared to some places that I have been to.  Automobiles seem to have the right-of-way over pedestrians.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThey have a metro system.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASome shots on the street.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASome of the main roads have a pathway in the median for pedestrians and bikes.  Some of these pathways look very nice and inviting, with trees lining the pathway.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe Miraflores district of Lima, where our hotel was located, has an area along the Pacific Ocean that is very lively in the evenings. We went there for dinner.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERALights over the Pacific Ocean.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIn the afternoon we went south of the city on the Pan-American highwayOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAto see the temple of the Sun and the rest of the Pachacamac Pre-Inca Ruins.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe next morning we caught a flight to get to our second destination. It was a short visit, but we will stop in Lima once again when we are leaving the country.

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Kuriacose Joseph

I am an engineer by training. I am exploring new horizons after having spent many years in the Industry. My interests are varied and I tend to write about what is on my mind at any particular moment in time.

5 thoughts on “Lima, Peru”

  1. Hi Joseph (or K?)

    Very nice to read about the history of the city and I agree with you, car traffic is horrible in Lima for pedestrians!

    Have you been in Barranco district? That’s the area that I liked the most – it’s a bit of a hippy or hipster place. This post gives some good ideas what to do in Lima (for the time you’re there before you fly out):

    I went to Lima after spending about 2 months in the countryside of Peru and Bolivia and it was a nice change to see a metropolis with all the big city vibes.

    What else are you visiting in Peru?

    Have an amazing time!

    Greetings from Tarapoto,

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    1. Hi Anna,
      We did not get a chance to visit the Barranco District. Being in a tour group, we did not have too much spare time. Would love to travel like you are doing, but that is not likely to happen due to many reasons!

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