I have just gotten back from a week in Peru, I was working there as a volunteer in a project for HOOP Peru. My final destination was Arequipa, but being the first time in the country I arranged a stop at Lima to have a taste of it.
Obviously a few hours doesn’t do this place justice; with 9 million inhabitants, this is not only the capital, but also the most populous city in Peru and one of the biggest cities in South America. Lima pleasantly surprised me, the cityscape presents a mix of architectural styles which juxtapose the traditional colonial era buildings of the historic city center with the modern edifications of the financial district.
The “City of Kings” – as named when funded – overlooks the Pacific Ocean, and my first sight arriving was the impressive “Circuito de Playas” Avenue. As the taxi took me from the airport to the hotel, I peered at the cliffs to my left through the foggy morning, the ocean to my right. Waves almost kissing the only road adjacent to the ravine. I knew right there that I was going to like Lima.
A couple of hours later I wandered the upscale district of Miraflores, an area well known for its hotels, restaurants, pubs, and shopping centers. I strolled along the Jose Larco Ave. until I reach El Malecon, over there, looms over the Larcomar Shopping center, located in top of the reef offers breathtaking views of the ocean from its multilevel terraces. I am taking photos along the way and enjoying this part of the city while locals rush to their daily activities.
From here, a 10 minutes cab ride takes me to the historic center of Lima, the high concentration of historic buildings and monuments around is the reason of why Unesco declared it World Heritage Site. There is plenty to do and see around here, unfortunately I had just an afternoon, however it was enough to see that Lima is not just the major entry point to all that Peru has to offer but also a city that deserves to be discovered.
I will certainly be back to Lima in the near future, and I really hope to be able to stay at least a couple of days before heading to enjoy more peruvian adventures in the inner country.
Lastly, I am finally traveling DSRL free, all the photos made in my trip to Peru were made with Fuji bodies, I am carrying an X-E2 and the X-T1 with a variety of lenses, but they all fit in a small pack, moving to the system for traveling is a decision I’ll never regret, these cameras and lenses are performing great, and I didn’t miss the Nikon.
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