Tour of lima

Trip Start Apr 11, 2009
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Trip End Jun 11, 2009


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Sunday, May 31, 2009

so, today we toured lima.  it was nice because i was told a lot about the history of all of the things that we were seeing.  however, by my standards we did not spend enough time in the Barranco District or the Church of San Francisco...so i will be going back :)

lima has 45 districts, we walked around 3 major ones...but definately drove past quite a few.  we started in Barranco...my favorite neighborhood.  and surprising i had booked a hostal there while i was still in the states...sometimes it is scary being this smart :) Barranco is a neighborhood south of Miraflores with many clubs and cafes, popular among college students in Lima. It's the party heart of town, where you can find most Peņas, music clubs that offer folkloric music shows, in particular Afro Peruvian and Criollo gigs. On the weekends, Barranco has "A Taste of Barranco" food festival. Outdoor tables are filled with every dish they serve, the price is very reasonable too. Local musicians play and it's a very popular place to be. For live music, Barranco is also good.

Then we went downtown.  Plaza de Armas or Plaza Mayor, is the main square of downtown Lima. In the Spanish tradition, it's bordered in four sides by Government/Presidential Palace or Palacio de Gobierno, the Cathedral and Archbishop's Palace, the Municipalidad or City Hall, and assorted businesses. La Iglesia de San Francisco is a colonical church with underground catacombs featuring over 25,000 real human skeletons (buried between the late 16th and early 19th centuries) arranged in artistic patterns, and also a beautiful library with mysterious, oversized books and spiral staircases in Harry Potteresque form (we cant take photos...so sad).  but something a little weird is that this is a renowned library of approximately 25,000 books.  weird, right?  i dont know why they have the same number of books, as dead people.  (when i go back...i will try and take some photos of the catacombs, bones, bones everywhere!)

We ended in Miraflores, which is where my hotel is.  it is kind of the touristy, rich part of town.  it is funny because everyone told me to stay in miraflores...so glad i will be in barranco!
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