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Sep 14 Tour of Lima

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This morning at 9:00 we met our guide, Andre, and headed out on a tour of Lima.

The weather is cool and cloudy, normal for Lima. They get very few sunny days and the humidity is constantly 80 to 90%. The population is 10 million. It was founded by Francisco Pizarro in 1535 and was the capital of the Spanish empire in South America for 200 years. It was dubbed the City of Kings and was the centre of wealth and power.. The buildings date mainly from colonial times due to the earthquake of 1746 and the resulting tsunami that flowed 5 Km’s inland. The religion is 80% catholic. Education is the only free social service although the best schools are private. The average income required for a family of 4 with one car, private education and one vacation a year is $ 2800 USD a month.

Mining (silver, copper, gold), fishing (world’s second largest after China), agriculture and tourism account for most of the employment and investment. Famous for potatoes (4000 different types), avocados, asparagus.

Peru is home to 84 of the world’s 114 life zones, 10 percent of the world’s mammals and 20% of the birds !!

We are staying in Miraflores which is the entertainment and tourist centre with the majority of best restaurants, hotels, cafes, theatres, galleries etc. We drove through San Isidro which is the garden district and has olive groves that date back to 1560. Story is that 3 trees were brought from Spain and there are now over 2200. Each one has a code. No one is allowed to touch the trees. This area is home to the Lima elite.

We had a walking tour of Plaza San Martin, Plaza Mayor (Cathedral, Archbishops Palace, Town Hall), San Francisco with Santo Domingo church, and stopped for a chocolate tasting.

Andre then took us to the Miraflores Clifftops with beautiful views overlooking the ocean. There is a lovely shopping mall that is built into the cliffs with restaurants perched on the sides. Andre left us there to eat and shop and we walked back to our hotel, about 20 minutes, We will head back there again tonight with the group for dinner at Mango.

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Miraflores Clifftops and Love Park:
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‘The Kiss’ at Love Park
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Dinner and shopping:
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The girls, still hanging in for a last drink:
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Posted by barb3389 16:18 Archived in Peru

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