Tour of Lima
Trip Start Jan 04, 2013
33Trip End May 01, 2013
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Today we went to mass at 8AM and had diner with two couples, John and Kathy were school teachers from Massachusetts who live part time in Sebastian, FL and Pat and Peggy both career Navy personnel Pat was a jet pilot on aircraft carriers and Peggy is a nurse practioner who retired as a Captain, they live on the ocean in Hawaii in Hilo. This a sea day and a Sunday so we decided to take a break from the gym and just relax. It is only 73 degrees outside even though we are only a few degrees below the equator, but the Humboldt current which is very cold cools this part of the world while being a very productive fishing ground for the fleets
Please excuse this rambling but the connection system is erratic and many time I’m writing this on the fly to get it off.
Tomorrow we dock at Callao the port for Lima the capitol of Peru. It was established in 1537 as a colonial transshipment point for goods going to Spain. A fort was erected here in 1747 to ward off the pirates. The fisherman’s quarter is a colorful district, adjacent to La Punta an aristocratic area. As in all large cities there are many museums and cathedrals most date to the 16th and 17th centuries. Just 25 miles from Lima along the Pan American Highway, the pre-Incan enclave of Pachacamac was once the largest city on the Peruvian coast. Hernando Pizarro, brother of Francisco, took the city in 1533. The Temple of the Sun, its central structure, was built in 1350.
Today Monday the 14th discovered the lifestyles of Lima from the time of the conquistadors to the present we did this by visiting two very lavish homes. The first was the home of a personnel friend of Francisco Pizzaro and is still inhabited by descendants of the original family. It is a beautifully decorated palace that requires a large work force to maintain, so when the tour guide asked who would want to live in this home all said no, without the help.
The next home was in an upscale newer section of town and is called Casa Luna owned by a Swiss citizen and maintained in its original condition. It is filled with private collections of the Luna Elias-Polo family, collectors of Nativity scenes from Peru and all over the world. We met the owner and his wife and had a pisco punch while there.