Ancient Modern City

After my first few days in Lima my brain has caught up with my body. My brain now knows that it is time to travel around South America. This new realization has brought with it a lot of energy making me excited to see as much as I can in the time that I have down here.
I have been in Lima a couple of days now. Lima is the capital of Peru and the country’s biggest city with a population of about 8 million people. With the city so big it has many different parts within it. The main parts that I have spent some time in is the city center and Miraflores. Miraflores is known as the main place for tourists to go and it has many places to stay. This means it is somewhat hard to find a cheap place to stay or get inexpensive local food. However, all you have to do is walk a short distance away from the main part of the city and then there are cheaper places to stay and to eat.
The highlight thus far in Lima has been Huaca Pucllana. These are ancient ruins from about 400 AD. The ruins themselves are very interesting to see, but what really is great about them is that they are right in the city. This makes for a very interesting contrast, because you have the ancient ruins and then all around them you can see modern city buildings. Here are a few pictures from Huaca Pucllana.

33 responses to “Ancient Modern City

  1. As the ruins are located very near the city, I suppose they get affected by pollution etc.? Looks like an interesting place!

  2. Thanks for following my blog. There is a lot to see in Lima I assure you. I like the historic center of Lima best. It is also on the world heritage list. You have free modern photo-exhibitions there and also the San Fransisco church which is very nice and have catacombs. The artesania stores are cheap by the historic center and you can bargain if you want to. Best are though the local Gamarra streets where you can by Peruvian clothes, but it is a bit tricky to explain where it is .. not really sure how to get there actually. But you get of the metropolitano at the estadio nacional, the fotball stadio. Then you take the smaller busses to one of the market.

  3. Thanks for following! Peru is absolutely on my bucket list! Enjoy and excited to see pictures of Machu Pichu if you get the chance.

  4. Hi Ryan. Interesting site. I was in Lima with my daughter in 2010. We stayed at her ex-in-laws (Peruvians who love her) in the San Miguel district. I was literally the only OWG (Old White Guy) there. Luckily, my daughter speaks fluent Spanish and was our translator. We went to the Pachacamac site outside of Lima. Fascinating, looks like where you went. We tried to make it to Machu Picchu but only got as far as Cuzco because it was closed due to the killer floods that year. Hope to get back and make it all the way next time.

    • Sound like you had a fun time, but that’s to bad that you did not get to Machu Picchu. Hopefully if all goes right I will be going there at the end of my trip.

  5. Your words have brought alive so many memories for others. I have yet to go to this area of the world’s but will. Until then, though, I’ll look forward to following along on your adventures! Best to you!

  6. Glad you decided to follow my blog. In a week I will post from Dubai, briefly, and then for several weeks from Ethiopia when wifi is available which I am told is limited.

  7. Thanks for following my blog. I have been told that Lima is probably the ugliest place in Peru – would you agree? It is hard for a capital city to be pristine when there are rings of privilege and poverty so close together – that they are trying to preserve these ancient ruins is encouraging.

    • I too do not think it is the best city, but would not go as far as calling it the ugliest part of Peru. It is a great thing that they are trying to preserve the ruins, it makes the city a lot better.

  8. Lima is on the list of cities slated to grow to over 10 million people in the next decade. I’m almost afraid to brave the crowds I imagine there.

  9. Have lived in Peru, inc Lima, currently in Rio. Lima never really has rain, just a fine mist that doesn’t clean anything, so it always appears dirty.

    Followed your blog, keen to read about your travels, as it is 13 years since I was last there.

    Thanks for following my new blog, appreciated.


    • It seems like a lot of people do not like Lima, but it has grown on me. It may not be the best city, but it is a place you should see if you find your self in Peru.

  10. Interesting photos. I was in Lima (a long time ago). I never knew anything about these ruins. I do remember going to see some up near Cuzco and of course, we hiked up to Macchu Picchu. I’ll never forget that experience. It’s not to be missed!

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