Pucllana Temple (Huaca Pucllana), Lima Peru

Huaca Pucllana is a pre inca complex built in modern day Miraflores. I had this on my todo list and walked a couple of miles to get to it. Once there I was told that the monument was closed but would reopen in the evening. I killed some time eating at a local spot and finished off by having some of the most amazing sesame ice cream I have ever had. The seed crunch was delicious.  I returned to Huaca Pucllana and found out that the night tour was not a complete one. They do not scale the pyramid at night for “safety” reasons. I guess too many tourists trip over their own feet and eat it. So I returned the following day. The main structure is an adobe pyramid structure measuring about 82 feet in height. The complex was used for ceremonies, burials, a little agriculture, and animal rearing. What…

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More Exploration of the Barranco District in Lima Peru

After my first successful day where I felt I actually did some site seeing, I continued in that regard the next few days. It mostly involved zig zagging around my neighborhood and getting my bearings. I stumbled into a very nice part of town and took pictures of some of these huge homes. One of which I would later find out was the Spanish embassy. I found that out when a guard whistled at me and waving his finger in a stern disapproving manner. I walked over to him and apparently he was doing this for quite some time so he was very annoyed. I offered to delete the photo but he dismissed me as if the damage was done already.  In an effort to pretend I am cultured, I went to a few museums. The first was the hydroelectric museum that had the history of hydroelectric development in Peru. It’s…

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Touring the Barranco Art District of Lima Peru

I was starting to feel guilty as I had not really done any touristy things yet so I took to the streets of Barranco to do some exploration. I had another meal at a local spot (cost $2.29) and walked to el Puente de los suspiros. A wooden bridge built in 1876 which is close to the main square of Barranco. Along the way and around this bridge, there was some pretty amazing street art which I will share with you. In fact I found the artwork more impressive than the bridge itself. The one below is more for my amusement. On the left you see a condor in art form and on the right you see a real one hanging out in the window. This was the church off of Barranco’s plaza de armas which you would likely cross when going to puente de los suspiros. Below is el…

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Lima Peru

I split my time (10 days) between Barrancos, and Miraflores, two districts in Lima. I stayed at a wonderful Airbnb with Mario and Monica in Barranco for my first 5 days.  I woke up super late on day 2 and completely out of it. Almost as if I were hung over. I’m sure those reading are thinking well sure, you’re jetlagged. I associate jetlag with a time zone shift. However, there was no shift. Lima is exactly the same time zone as NYC. So it sort of caught me off guard that I would still be so lagged. So much so that I was having problems reading a simple map. I took off and headed to get some food. I found a local place that has a fixed menu of a couple of items. The appetizer I had was some cut potatoes in a semi spicy sauce (papas a la…

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Round 3 of the Journey

After a few setbacks at home, I am finally on the road again. While there were some trips interspersed that I have not documented, and a bunch of content that remains from the second leg of my trip, if I don’t start immediately, I will never continue to document my travels. — After only 3 hours of sleep, because I wanted to spend a little more time with an amazing woman I just met, I woke up to shower and make my way to the airport. Flight one was uneventful and I soon found myself in Ft. Lauderdale on my layover. Some food was had, electronics charged, final calls made, and after a delay, I was on my way again. As we approached you could see the intense lights of Lima. They stretched across a vast amount of land. Once on deck and having gone through immigration, my first goal…

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