Adventures In Lima, Peru

I spent only three weeks in Peru but one would think I were there for at least two months considering the amount of photos and videos I have archived. I have more time now to share the rest beginning with the country’s capital, Lima.

My friend and I stayed at Shablul hostel in the district of Miraflores. We were just a few blocks away from Parque Kennedy (Kennedy Park), which hosted a variety of events and festivals that we were lucky enough to partake in.

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Mediterranean food fair with many pro-Palestine signs and such.

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My first taste of coca came in beer form. My face should tell you how delicious it was (re: it wasn’t).

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My friends in Lima took us to Club La Havana, a Cuba-inspired bar/restaurant. It’s where we had our first taste of pisco, a grape brandy popular in Peru and Chile.

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Another club whose name I forgot.

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Art vendors at Parque Kennedy.

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Check out this cool building!

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Hence the name. Lima’s sister city is Pensacola, FL.

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More delicious, pisco-based drinks! There are tons of bars and clubs in Miraflores.

We also visited downtown Lima, a.k.a. the Historic Centre of Lima, and the Chinatown district nearby. There was also a Peruvian food festival happening blocks away from the Governmental Palace, which we were more than happy to partake in.

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La Casa de Pizarro (The House of Pizarro) is the governmental palace of Peru and sits in downtown Lima.

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The country’s flag atop the palace.

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The plaza mayor across the street.

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The archbishop’s palace

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Another view of the archbishop’s palace and water fountain in the plaza mayor.

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Monument of José de San Martín in Plaza San Martín south of the plaza mayor.

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Jose De San Martín is one of the heroes/liberators of Peru and South America alongside Simón Bolívar.

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Plaza San Martín

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Proclamation of independence.

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National hero Francisco Bolognesi.

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His 200th birthday is coming up!

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A Peruvian food fair? We picked the right day to head out to downtown Lima!

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Thankfully not a volcano.

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Members of the national police.

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Awesome balloons.

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This is how the Peruvian police roll.

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Cusqueña: the most popular beer in Peru.

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Huaca Pucllana is an ancient Incan site that was unearthed recently in Miraflores.

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The excavation continues…

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There’s a museum in there somewhere…

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The handprints of ancient Incan workers?

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Apoya tu banda local!

About Afroxander

Afroxander is the nom de guerre for writer/photographer Ivan Fernandez, based in Southern California. His work has appeared in The San Bernardino County Sun, Modern Fix magazine, The People’s Dance Party blog, The Rockit magazine and other outlets. He currently freelances for LA Weekly, Remezcla and anyone else willing to send him out on an exciting adventure.
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