Lima, capital of Peru: As the jumping-off point to the rest of Peru, it is Lima, the capital city of Peru, that makes the important first impressions on the visitor.
On this page you'll find a video on Lima's highlights, some of my early memories of Lima, a little about Lima's shanties, and a few of the many reasons you really should take the time to visit Peru's capital city.
Note a few of the features shown in this video that make Lima and city not to be overlooked in your travels to Peru.
What I remember most my early days in the Peruvian capital city of Lima in the 1950s were the green parks, the dry surrounding hills, the thrill of high-flying kites, the smell of wonderful roasting coffee emanating from the Chinese tiendas...
grilling over coals on the street corner, the usually overcast skies,
the sound of gunshots in the city center during the yearly (it seemed)
revolutions, and the first Ford T-Bird I ever saw in the year 1956.
All of these things can be seen still, although the T-bird is probably pretty hard to find.
As in many countries, the move
to the capital of Peru of land-poor indigenous people in search of an
adequate way of life has led to all the typical problems:
These factors and others have resulted in very poor living conditions in overcrowded and impoverished neighborhoods in much of the city area. However . . .
Lima also has its modern, up-to-date hotels and restaurants
as well as neighborhoods with the typical SUVs, malls, movie theaters,
and other trappings of an imitation USA, if you look for them.
The tourist is well provided for, as there are many available hotels, galleries, museums, even archaeological sites as well as some of the best cuisine in the world all within a short distance of the city center.
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