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  Posted December 16th, 2014 by Zdenko  in Travel | No comments yet.

Travel Peru

By: Diana Zlamalik

Diana traveled through Peru and this is her diary… 15 days Lima to La Paz
Cuzco, Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca, La Paz, Tiahuanaco… A full 2 week exploration of Peruvian and Bolivian highlights. Come experience the magic of the Inca Empire’s fascinating culture and archaeology.

lima16Dina in Lima…

In Lima
After a nine hour trip with Air Canada flight from Toronto, we arrived in Lima. There were no planned activities for the first day, so we checked into our hotel and went out for a stroll thru the city. Peru is frequently referred to as the ‘Land of the Incas’. It is true that the Incas formed the greatest empire on the continent and left mysterious cities such as Machu Picchu. However, it is important to remember that the Incas were the only the last in a long series of Peruvian civilizations spanning several thousand years and the ruins of many of these earlier civilizations can also be visited. Peru is made up of three main geographical areas: the Andes, the Amazon and the desert coastal area; during this trip we concentrate on the Andean region of both Peru and Bolivia.

lima1Our first night in Lima: we stayed in this hotel which is in the area called Miraflores, and is located near the Pacific Ocean.

Known as the City of Kings, Peru’s capital city Lima was founded by Francisco Pizarro on the Day of the Three Kings (Epiphany) in 1535. The Plaza de Armas is the heart of old Lima, and it is here you find the Cathedral, Government Palace and Archbishop’s Palace. The Cathedral dates back to the 1700s and houses the remains of the conquistador Pizarro. To get a feel for colonial Lima, take a cab to the Plaza de Armas and watch the changing of the Palace Guard in the afternoon. Walk the streets surrounding the Jirón de la Unión for great examples of Spanish-colonial architecture and to get a taste for life in a large South American city. An optional city tour visits many of the city’s highlights.

lima2In the city centre these balconies took my breath away…

There are many fine museums in and around the city, including the Museo Rafael Larco Herrera, which houses an equally impressive collection of pottery, mummies and textiles from the Paracas and Nazca cultures. The more affluent coastal districts of Miraflores, Barranco and San Isidro offer good nightlife and cafés all within walking distance. Limeños (Lima’s residents) are friendly, and the city is filled with excellent restaurants; seafood lovers in particular should be sure to try a ceviche, for which Lima is well known.

lima3Plaza des Armas….the main square in every Peruan city is called like that…

lima4Cathedral on the main square…

lima5Inside the Cathedral

lima8Another detail from the inside of the Cathedral

lima9Statue of  F. Pizar…

Holy Week celebrations in the April. The Last Supper is dramatized at the Cathedral portico. There is a handicraft fair with the participation of the handicraftsmen of all North Zone. On Easter Sunday begins a great dance in the Plaza de Armas of the city.

lima7Dancing on the streets during the celebration is Peruan tradition.

lima11Very colorful and loud group dancing on the square…

lima12Me too… I joined the street dancers…

lima13This little girl was very cute…

lima14Didn’t know the meaning of this, but everyone had a scarf in their hand during the parade…

lima15This is how the men were dressed…

lima10City in the background… it was scary getting here in the car, especially looking at all the crosses by the road of the people who didn’t make it to the top.

lima9Gigantic statue of a warrior on the horse…

lima17Like many cities in Europe, Lima has many monuments around city centre…

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World travelers: Diana Zlamalik and her son Borna.

About Diana Zlamalik:
Diana (Dina) is my long time friend who was born in Zagreb (Croatia), the same city where I was born. Dina has Undergraduate and Masters Degree in Veterinary medicine from the University of Zagreb. She immigrated to Canada twenty years ago and now lives in Oakville (Ontario) with her family. Dina plays guitar and is very passionate about classical music. She is currently attending 5th class at Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto.

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