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Today, Davison and I started with a quick breakfast up on the 11th floor of the hotel overlooking the Miraflores neighborhood of Southeast Lima. The hotel serves a beautiful breakfast buffet from an incredible vantage point above the South Pacific Coast!
After breakfast, we took a limo to the Plaza de Armas (Plaza Major) where we watched a celebration of the “Changingof the Guards” along with a public celebration of a Fesitval coming in February. The Lima Cathedral, with Fernando Pizzaro’s tomb, is a “must see” and then the San Franciso Monastery with it’s famous Catacombs in the original town center by the river…only a few blocks away, has to be visited, as well.
After touring the Cathedral, we then explored the San Francisco Monastery (Franciscan Order) a few blocks away from the Plaza de Armas. There, we were not allowed to take photographs inside the church, monastery or catacombs…but, what a tour, and what an incredibly interesting historical monument! I can’t recommend this enough!
(Note: The above images from inside the Monasterio San Francisco are scanned from postcards purchased at their shop as we left the tour.)
Then, we took a taxi out to the Larco Museum… this was a huge highlight of the day! The museum not only contains both a formal museum of private collections of Inca, and pre-Incan artifacts that are astounding in their beauty and significance, but it also contains a fine restaurant and bar surrounded by a gorgeous quiet garden…a tranquil retreat from the frenetic pace of Lima’s traffic! Do this place, no matter if you miss anything else in Lima!
Then, after relaxing in thise beautiful gardens and having a refreshing beverage to settle ourselves, the self-guided tour of the Larco Museum was stunning! I can’t describe how impressive the collection of artifacts was! Here are only a few of the many photos of the items presented:
Tomorrow, Chris Multhauf will have arrived, and we will all catch a flight to Cusco…up in the highlands…then, we’ll truly be off on the adventure! For my part, this was a great day with Jim, exploring a new world…one of the classic “Cradles of Civilization”! Viva Lima!