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Autumn in Lima

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A May 2007 trip to Lima by ShannonBrooke

Soaring Above Limas Coast Photo, Lima, Peru More Photos
Quote: At the end of our Peruvian adventure, we spent a few days in the capital city of Lima.

Autumn in Lima

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Overview

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Lima is a girl with a bad reputation. She's going to break your windows, steal your bags, and maybe even put you in the hospital - right? Many people skip right over Lima, getting out as fast as they can to see the rest of Peru (admittedly a fabulous country with much to see). But Lima has grown up and become a sophisticated woman, with much to offer the cosmopolitan traveller.Lima is one of the best places to see Lima's colonial architecture. This "City of Kings" was built by the Spaniards and retains a Spanish feel, different from Cusco's Andean charms. It has some of the country's best museums, a variety of cuisines, great shopping, and a wide range of accommodations for the budget or luxur...Read More

Second Home Peru

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Hotel

Second Home Peru Photo, Lima, Peru
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We were lucky to find this true home in the beautiful tree-lined artsy suburb of Barranco. In fact, we liked it so much that we came back after a few days in another city, and cancelled our reservation at the Marriott too. One, the setting. The beautiful and quirky old home is on the cliff-side, and the sounds and smells of the ocean are ever-present. You can enjoy them from your room's private balcony, or from the sitting room upstairs, or in the multiple levels of the backyard. You can wander around the house and property looking at the amazing art. One of my favorite things to do was look at the waves roll in and watch the surfers on the nearby beach.Two, the innkeeper and h...Read More

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Second Home Peru
Domeyer 366
Lima, Peru
+ 51 1 4775021

Paragliding in Miraflores

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Attraction

Soaring Above Lima's Coast Photo, Lima, Peru
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When the wind is right, paragliders abound on the cliff-side of Miraflores near the Parque Del Amor. Perufly.com is the most professional of the lot and you can reserve flights in advance on their website. For us, the adventure was a complete surprise. We were having ceviche at a nearby restaurant when we saw the paragliders. As we walked up to watch them, we were asked if we wanted to try it. For only $40USD, you can fly tandem for 15-20 minutes.It is an exhilarating experience, tailored to your adrenaline desires. My adventurous friend got to go on a "rollercoaster ride," even going upside down. For me, it was thrilling enough to hang out and watch the city unfold beneath me. Words cannot de...Read More

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Museo de la Inquisición Photo, Lima, Peru
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This is a quick jaunt back to the time of the Spanish Inquisition. Because the museum is free, it is worth visiting. The museum of the Peruvian constitution is also here. You are supposed to get a free guide, but there was not an English-speaking guide when we arrived, so we wandered around by ourselves. In addition, all of the exhibit signs are in Spanish. However, you can make out what things are pretty easily if you do not speak Spanish.

The exhibit includes wax works demonstrating inquisition tortures. You also walk through some old underground tunnels that were once holding cells. The climax of your visit is an actual inquisition chamber.

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Museo de la Inquisición
Jirón Junín 548
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+51 1 427 0365

San Francisco Monastery and Catacombs

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Attraction

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The San Francisco Monastery and Catacombs is the highlight of a Lima Centro tour. We visited on our own and were assigned to a large group with an English-speaking guide. The guide is free with admission and required to see the site.Although everyone is here for the catacombs, the church and monastery hold many treasures as well. Of particular interest is the religious art, which is unique to Peru. For example, a picture of the last supper shows a guinea pig being served. Some of the older frescoes have been excavated from the early church, and there is much history here. Another interesting place is the monastery's library, full of ancient tomes lining the walls, reminding one of "The Name of...Read More

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San Francisco Monastery and Catacombs
Central Lima
Lima, Peru