LIMA, PERU ~ a Love Park, Medieval Library, Labor Party Protest and Hanging Chickens


We were down to our final time in Peru with an overnight spent in Lima.  Our hotel was in a lovely section of Miraflores, but within a few blocks the area quickly became seedy.  Still we felt safe to walk the streets freely during the daytime.

A pre-arranged city tour to see some of the highlighted buildings and parks started the day.

El Beso

El Beso

El Parque del Amor or Love Park in the Miraflores district overlooking the Pacific Ocean and the pier headlined the sculpture of a couple enjoying a passionate kiss, El Beso.

The Basilica Cathedral of Lima

The Basilica Cathedral of Lima

Driving through the historic district we passed the Cathedral of Lima, the Government Palace, the Archbishop’s Palace and the Municipal Palace.

The highlight however was a tour through the 1774 Monastery of San Francisco.

Monastery of San Francisco

Monastery of San Francisco

Once again I was disappointed that photography was not allowed inside.  We toured the catacombs and a Hogwarts style library.  Oh how I would have enjoyed spending more time browsing the ancient books lining the shelves.  For me, this was the highlight of Lima.

Just outside the CGTP (worker’s party) were having a protest rally putting the police into riot gear.  We kept a respectful distance.  Since mothers were still allowing their children to play undisturbed, and a lone school boy walked by without paying any attention to the goings on, we too went about our day.

CGTP rally while children chase pigeons

CGTP rally while children chase pigeons

Police in riot gear while school boy walks slowly by, unconcerned

Police in riot gear while school boy walks slowly by, unconcerned

That afternoon we walked the area near our hotel, did some last-minute shopping for gifts and browsed through a local marketplace.  Colorful, fragrant and fascinating best sums up my opinion of examining the fruits, herbs, sauces, chilies, black corn and hanging animal carcasses.

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I was mildly sad to have this trip come to an end. Peru had held a hint of mystery, of an ancient lost city, fierce Inca warriors, and floating islands.  I felt satisfied that we had sampled some of the best this interesting country had to offer.

Seeing Machu Picchu for the first time will remain one of my favorite travel memories.  Lake Titicaca was a surprise and one I thoroughly enjoyed.  The people we met along the way were warm, genuine and welcoming.


About Tim and Joanne Joseph

Hi and welcome! We are Tim and Joanne Joseph and we have just embarked on our latest adventure. We hope you will join us!
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4 Responses to LIMA, PERU ~ a Love Park, Medieval Library, Labor Party Protest and Hanging Chickens

  1. Merrill says:

    Hello Joanne,
    I’m enjoying retreading your posts. It looks like we are going to Peru this summer and your posts are making me get excited. I’m trying to decide if we want to do it ourself (as we usually do) or with a guide (as you usually do.) Do you have a contact for the tour operator you used? Any recommendations for places to stay or eat or tips?


    • We loved our time in Peru! I’m excited for you and feel confident that either way would be an incredible trip. The company we used is Rainbow Trail Tours in Lima. My friends made all the arrangements directly with them. Hope that helps.


  2. Very well narrated Tim and Joanne. Loved the ceviche in Lima. Happy travels.


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