WeekEnd Food Festival
PLAZA ITALIA--Barrios Altos--On Saturdays and Sundays there is a wonderful assortment of typical Peruvian Dishes in the Plaza Italia, located 3 blocks from the Congress Building. It is next to the China Town barrio, lots of good and inexpensice food. The Food Festival is under the dirrection of some of the best Chefs in Lima and everthing is very clean and throughly inspected. There usually some live music and just a safe and great way to sample almost everything.
Lima has not been aparted from the precolumbian history. Certainly, it has 4,000 years of presence, when nomads and fishermen settled in this area, specially in the valleys of rivers Rímac, Chillón and Lurín. There are more than 30 recognised sites inside the city and another similar quantity in th surroundings. Others, dissapeared under the urban pressure of this century. From the former El Paraíso to the late Inca site Pachacámac, the archaeological testimonies in Lima are wide and not all are studied yet. As a comment, the Plaza Mayor is built over the temple of Taulichusco, the last sovereign before Pizarro´s arrival to Lima.
Inside the city, we can find the excavated Huaca Pucllana (Juliana) in Miraflores. This was a pre-inca ceremonial and administrative centre of the Lima Culture built with millions of mud bricks (adobe). There is a site museum with some ceramics and artifacts. Free entrance and guide available. Located at 8th block of Av. Gral. Borgoño, near Av. Arequipa, 45th block. Near to it, in the suburb of San Isidro, there is the Huaca Huallamarca or Pan de Azúcar, a Maranga Culture adobe temple built by the 200 AD. There is a site museum. Entry fee. Corner of Av.Nicolás de Ribera and Av. El Rosario, near the Swisshotel (Hotel Oro Verde) and Camino Real shopping center.
There is a complex of huacas, ceremonial sites, belonging to the Maranga Culture in the Parque de las Leyendas Zoo (San Miguel and Pueblo Libre). You can visit them by entering this place. In all that residencial area there are more archaeological sites of the same culture, but not as preserved as them.
There are lots of local buses going to different parts of Lima, the conductors shout the destination and crab you onto the bus. They are very cheap but not very comfortable, but definitely an experience you must try.
La Costa Verde
Las Brujas de...
La Costa Verde
Las Brujas de Cachiche
El Cafe de la Paz
Unique creole food an the best seafood around the world Lomo Saltado
Arroz con pato
LOCAL BUS TOUR: Breath taking route to see Lima
As you pass around the center, close to the Plaza Mayor, you will see small tour buses, very economical and excelent service up to the top of St. Christopher, where the hugh Cross is seen. The bus stop in the bull ring of Rimac and basically brings you around the area for a few Soles. Well worth it on a sunny day! There is a small beverage store on the top for refreshments.