Central Square Fountains
At the center of the Plaza Mayor, there is a magnificent ornamental bonze fountain, fused by Antonio Rivas, dating from 1650, and bearing the coats-of-arms of Lima, Spain, and of the Viceroy Conde de Salvatierra. However there is so much else going on in the square that I only have one photo of this fountain - I hardly noticed it.
But there are other fountains and art and statuary in Lima. Some like the statue in St. Martin's square traditional (photo 4), and some modern (photo 5)
Now that the corrupt former president Alberto Fujimori is a fugitive, hiding-out in a Tokyo condo, there will hopefully be some positive political changes.
(I personally believe that Japan is wrong to not return him)
There is much hope for the new president, Alejandro Toledo. He is a 'Cholo,' descendant from the indiginous population. This former Shoeshine boy from Andean Cabana is US educated and has a reputation for his honesty and integrity.
The area of "Miraflores" has a very active night rythm with lots of restaurants, bars, caffes (many of which are on open air), and places to just walk around and taste some of Lima's environment at night, including parks, wide sidewalks. As in any other big city at night, be careful and prefer to not go alone to bars, I've heard lone "gringo-looking" guys are favorite victims of girl thieves. Feel free
Most Common Transport Means
Busses and microbusses are the most used transportation vechiles in Lima. They are also the most common source of pollutation. The co-driver is keeping the door open and crying people to step in and telling where the bus is going to. Price of ticket is 1 - 2 soles. Old North-American school busses are commonly seen. Bus stop is everywhere.
Fondas & Cantinas II
Same setting as the one in Pueblo Libre and owned by the same family, but being in Downtown Lima has a special flavor to it. It has been a silent spectator of the changes that ave indergone Lima since the 1920's. Thru its floors one can imagine the figure of president Odría hurrying himself into yet another "butifarra" or Cesar Vallejo enjoying his "café con leche" and most of the press -left wing, right wing and outrageous wing- deciding the next day headliner over a "res". Like everythig else in downtown Lima, it started going downhill with Velasco's carefew but it has regained some of its prestige in the later days thanks to the revival of downtown Lima, no thanks to the mayor let's specify. On the walls are paintings of local artists and every so often a neo-poet does a small recital in the backroom, but more entertaining are the conversations among the clientele, and that is because Queirolo has always been a place for exquisite food, good drinks and intelligent conversations... Butifarras, by far the most sold item here, but try the diverse items in the buffet (daily 1100-1500)
Also try the res: a bottle of pisco or rum, a bottle of coke, ginger ale or seltzer water, lemon and ice, you'll be served by the best barman, yourself.