In a separate section of the Larco Museum is a gallery of pre-Columbian erotic pottery. These are all pots - that is they are often in a form called stirrup handled vessels. They would have been easy to grasp and transport, but hard to put or keep liquid in.
I was a little uncomfortable taking photos of it, but it didn't seem to intimidate Bob at all and any photos I did not take, he did We were told that this type of pottery was instruction (coital positions - this is the way you do it) and also medical (baby being born).
While traveling in and around Lima by taxi one of the stranger sites I would often see is folks dressed up as human billboards imitating pieces of food or a company and dancing in the middle of the street when traffic was stopped.
In this one photo below a man who was pretending to be a hammer and board dances around a busy street until the traffic clears.
There are lounges at the airport; however, most of these airport lounges are strictly for the exclusive use of members' with particular affiliations (e.g., first class customers of particular airlines, exclusive club card members, etc.). Though, particular lounges may let the general public use them for a higher fee (for a certain # of hours), but some may not even operate in a 24/7 capacity. Never used these lounges myself, but I've seen them & heard about them there.
Read this info about lounges at the Lima airport:
"There are three VIP lounges operated by airlines and other organisations, the Peru VIP Lounge; the VIP Club Lounge for first-class passengers of specific airlines, and the Authorities Lounge. Diners cardholders may use the VIP lounges in the terminal." Source:
Check the website of Lima's airport for further info:
There's a hotel right at the airport's premises (Ramada Costa Del Sol), but since there's no competition in that location, prices may be steep. That may be a great option for overnight stays (late arrival & early am departure).
For a multitude of accommodation options in a great Lima area, check in Miraflores (most hotels/hostels will arrange a transportation service to/from airport). Check the VT travel guide for more info on this. Then again, re-evaluate if the few hours of running around is worth it to you.
If you find a hotel/hostel with steep rates (ie. $20 or more for a ONE WAY trip between Miraflores-airport) for transportation service, check my Lima "transportation" tip & e-mail the contact I wrote there. I've used the transportation service personally, and I've recommended several other VTers to him, and it has been a great experience so far with trust established.
If worse comes to worst, you can sleep in certain areas (ie. food court, chairs at transit/waiting areas). Just make sure to bring a small pillow/some sort of blanket to keep you warm in the meantime.
Good Luck & Enjoy Beautiful Peru!
In the center of the Plaza is this monument to Bolognesi
I figured out what is was because I had a photo which had the name of Alfonso Ugarte on it. During the War of the Pacific, Alfonso Ugarte formed the Iquique battalion to fight for Peru with his own money and he fought with Fracisco Bolognesi in the last battle of the War of the Pacific, the battle of Arica on June 7th, 1880. When he noticed that the Chileans had already taken over the Morro, he wrapped himself in the Peruvian flag and jumped off the cliff with his horse. He was not going to let the enemy take his country's flag. He was 33 years old when he died.
This monument was done to commemorate that battle. Agustin Querol won the first prize to make the monument. The cross-like base shows several scenes of the Arica battle including the incident with Ugarte. In front there’s the statue of “La Fama”. It is shaped as an angel with covered eyes, starting to fly while it raises its hand. I don't have a picture of Ugarte but photo 2 shows the angel.
On top there’s a statue of Bolognesi. He was represented wounded and about to fall. A new statue done by Artemio Ocaña in 1954 replaced the old one because people thought that showing Bolognesi as a falling hero was dishonorable.
You will find many different lodgings/accommodations & nightlife in the Miraflores, San Isidro and Barranco areas of Lima. These are areas frequented by tourists and visitors.
Fondest memory: I loved the city tour where I got to explore more of downtown Lima.
Favorite thing: My buddy Ryan and I traveled together on this trip and had a great time. Lima was our first taste of Peru and it tasted good. I always enjoy big cities and this place has over 8 million people, so there is a level of excitement here that is hard to match elsewhere in Peru. The streets of El Centro are cramped and polluted, but there is always something to see, a great restaurant at which to grab a bite or a good museum to visit. The Spanish colonial influece in evident in the architecture and, in fact, in the faces of many locals, but the hectic pace and the slightly disheveled nature of things here make it unmistakeably South American.
I suggest you learn some english while you're in Peru, if you have no command of spanish whatsover, you can take some, here is the website of one of the best institutes that provide spanish clases:
Fondest memory: I recommend it, because i've seen myself all the methodologies used there, and it met all my expectations...
SAE is a good place to do research for you Peruvian adventures as well as the rest of South America.
They have a great library at the Lima office which is located in Miraflores. The staff is also very helpful and friendly with answer all sorts of questions.
Many of the services are free but for a $50 yearly membership you will gain access to all they have to offer.
Luggage storage, book check out, and discounts all over South America just to name a few.
A great place to plan the next leg of your trip.
Fondest memory: For more info visit their webpage at:
Favorite thing: You have to give Inca Kola at least one try. Perhaps more popular with the younger traveller, it is still worth a tasting. Some say it tastes like bubble gum flavour pop. I managed to get a bottle all the way home so that my family could all try the pleasures of Peru!!
Larco Mar is a kind of shopping/entertainment plaza built into a cliff edge overlooking the sea. A few good shops some great little eating establishments.
Just to warn you, nothing opens till later in the day there. So, if you were thinking of venturing there early because you were up due to jet lag, think again.
Now, what are my opinions of Peru?
Yes, the telephones and toilets and sinks and faucets very often do not work.
And yes there are computer terminals in every town of any substance, and chinese restaurants too.
And yes, the lager towns have their own Chinatowns.
And yes the Chinese food can be cheaper in North America or Europe.
And yes the lucky people live in concrete and cinderblock buildings.
And yes, the unlucky ones live in mud or thatch with their animals.
And yes they sh*t on the street and p*ss on the street.
And Yes they think Gringos are stupid and rich.
And Yes, if they thought gringos were smart then they might ty to emulate us and give their people clean water.
And yes, they love to rob tourists.
And yes they think every tourist came to this country simply to become a cocaine addict.
And yes they serve instant coffee in the restaurants, even though coffee is from Peru and they could easily brew real coffee.
And they Hate Gringo. They HATE gringos for three reasons: they think we are rich, they think we are arrogant and they think we want to sleep with their women.
But they love gringos. They LOVE gringos for three reasons: they think we are rich, they think we are arrogant and they think we want to sleep with their women. I think there is a bit of a paradox there, dont you?
And that is Peru, or atleast the Peru I know...perhaps there is another peru.
As you may or may not know, hygiene standards here are somewhat lower than you may be used to. So finding a clean toilet can be a challenge...
Tip! Go have a tea (or coffee, or soft drinks...) at the Sheraton Hotel, and while there use the clean toilets - you don't know when you will see another one...
a city built in the desert,always spreading....
"barriadas" or shantyowns,on the outskirts,eating really the desert,meters after meters.....last "casas en esteras" or houses made of straw braids ,waiting for next floor...becoming in the long run made of bricks ,part of a new suburb....
Fondest memory: watching a city spreading,day after day, on the desert....
Lima has its share of great colonial architecture but what separates if from the herd of South American capitals is its cuisine, ranging from great market stall snacks to fine dining. To go to Lima and not try cerviche is to not have been there at all.
Fondest memory: Guitar players must have lots of stories to tell, especially ones that go from bar to bar, serenading couples in love in hopes of making some money. This particular player had the kind of weathered face that oozes experience and surely he had been making the rounds in Lima for many years. The bar in question had an equitable amount of memories ingrained in every fiber from which it was made, including the barkeep who had not only made innumerable pisco sours but had certainly seen his share of lovers rendezvousing in the timeless affair. This afternoon found only seven players plying the near antique wooden floors of the local institution known affectionately as El Cordano. Two employees easily handled the small clientele as they surely had for the past thirty years or more. The barman was accomplished if not overly friendly and went about his business in workman-like fashion, doling out drinks and food as was obviously and effortlessly his routine. The near faceless cashier blended into the woodwork and was only noticeable when interacting with his cohort. The guitar player formed a strange but strong camaraderie with a local couple, the woman even joining him in a few superb duets. The couple looked to be in their sixties and seemed too absorbed in one another to be married for the potential forty years their ages would allow. Rather it would appear that they were having an affair of sorts, meeting in perhaps this same place for who knows how long, forming a tryst. Or so the other couple fantasized. The other couple was on the tail end of a trip around Peru and Bolivia, catching their gringo breaths in Lima before flying home. What anyone there thought about them is a matter of conjecture. All they knew was they loved the pisco sours, the timeless atmosphere, and the other characters that helped create it.
My favorite thing about Lima is the people. While a missionary there, I grew to love the people so much for the humble circumstances in which they live in. It has given me a greater understanding and appreciation for what I have, and also inspired me to reach out and help others in this small world of ours more.
Fondest memory: Back in 1990 when the terrorist group Shining Path was still running around, I was walking down the street one evening in a little shantytown on the outskirts of Lima. A guy ran past me, then the military whizzed by about 30 seconds later. Then I heard an explosion, and the lights went out and the water was out when I got home. The next day as I was walking to a newsstand, the front page of the news stated that the guy running was a terrorist and he threw a bomb under a car, which knocked the lights and water out. When I turned around, I noticed that the picture on the front page was exactly the corner across from the newstand. There was still blood on the street and wall from the night before. It was quite the experience!
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