Pyramids, Good food and Great Art

Trip Start Oct 04, 2011
Trip End Mar 17, 2013

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Thursday, April 26, 2012

Finally, the first blog outside of Brasil. We had such a great time in Peru, after the first day Marcelo said, we need to come back here! Even though we only spent about 4 days we saw so much. I tried many times to reduce the number of photos but there was just so much to see! We went to the Liman Temple right in the centre of Lima, walking distance from the hostel we were staying at in Miriaflores. The nicest district in Lima. The temple was just facinating. It dated pre-inca's and was consructed in a manor that it was earthquake proof. The blocks being layed side by side on their ends rather than on the wide side. You can get the gist from the photos anyway. They have stayed that way, undamaged by earth quakes for almost 2000years. One of the pictures shows a wave in the wall where it has moved with the earth. The temple had some typical peruvian animals (Guniea Pigs, LLamas, Alpacas and hairless dogs) and some typical plants too (Physalis, Quinoa, Cotton, Chillis and Cacti). Until the 80's it was used as a motor cross track (motorbike trials) but since then it has been going under reconstruction which will take another 30 years to complete. Any budding archeologists - there is work for you in Peru! 
We loved the food as well. Lima is known as the Gastronomic Capital of South America. I can see why, everything we tasted was fresh and full of flavour. They really showed pride in using fresh natural ingredients. Even the bread rolls we ate a the restaurant were freshly baked onion muffins. The local dish of note is ceviche which is raw fish cooked by the lime juice it marinades in mixed with raw chilli and onion. It tastes so good I just can't describe it. (This is coming from someone who has had difficulty eating fish her whole life).

We visited the Magic Waters Park, which is a park with numerous fountains which only opens at 4pm as it is getting darker. The fountains are all light up each changes display and shape. Some have light shows projected through them, another is a tunnel you can walk through. If you go to Lima, this is a must see. It's stunning. 

We also had one misadventure. We caught local transport out to visit the famous Pachacamac ruins out in the desert 40km from Lima. We were dropped off on this side of the motorway with no idea if we were going the right way, and found ourselves walking down a dirt track past an equestrian centre. Not sure where we were or where we were going, we were thankful when a taxi drove past, and took us 5 mins up the road to the archeological site. Which ....WAS CLOSED! Oh the frustration! We took a few pictures from the distance, walked around a bit in the desert and took a minivan back into town.

We now must return to Peru to visit Pachacamac and Matchu Picchu - which Marcelo has never gotten over that we missed. 

I hope you enjoy the photos.

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Mercedita on

Great pictures, i can tell how much fun you two are having!!! Continue enjoying the trip and always be safe!

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