My friends. I apologize in advance, but I don’t have too much banter in me today about why I want to visit Lima, I just know it’s a city with an extremely rich, cultural history. My day has been quite hectic. As some of you know, our business had to lay off employees so they could receive pay in the form of unemployment. Today, from the time I was up until the time I came home, we were dealing with the SBA to secure a loan to bring our employees back on payroll, and we got it done! Even though this is a travel blog, I love to share other parts of our lives with you, and this was a small win that I wanted you to share in 🙂 that being said, this left very little time for research, and editing, so I’m going to do the best I can with the time I have! I committed to doing a post every day, Monday-Friday, and by gosh, that’s what I’m gonna do! So, let’s talk about Lima 🙂
First: Basilica Cathedral of Lima
Located on the downtown Plaza Mayor, this cathedral went under construction in the 1500s! It was damaged by two separate earthquakes, the most recent being the Lima-Callao earthquake in 1746, which almost entirely destroyed the city. The cathedral has stood the test of time since then, and is also the final resting place of the founder of the city, Francisco Pizarro.
Next: Museo de la Nacion
You probably won’t see a post without a museum….just saying, for future reference! I’m excited to learn more about Peruvian culture, about which I know very little, and I’m very excited to hear more about the Inca Empire! I may have said this before on this blog, but I hated history when I was in school. I thought it was such a waste of time, so I can tell you I definitely learned about the Inca Empire, but I had no clue it was from Peru. Maybe this will need to be more for education than entertainment……
Last: Huaca Pucllana
This ancient pyramid served as an important center of the Lima culture, which was a pre Incan civilization that existed from around 100-700 A.D. Talk about history! From what I can find, the tour has to be completed with a tour guide, but that it’s relatively cheap, so this will be an absolute must!
Now that it’s late and I’m hungry, let’s get the food portion out of the way!
- Cuy (guinea pig)
- I’ve definitely never had guinea pig, but I’m certainly open minded about trying it! I’ve seen this when researching other South American cities as well, but it wasn’t as high up on other cities’ lists as Lima (or Peru as a whole). It’s traditionally served with potatoes and aji sauce (spicy yellow pepper sauce). Sounds delectable to me!
- Anticuchos de Corazón (grilled heart)
- I know this is available in the U.S., but it wasn’t until recently that I’ve become more open minded with food, so this is also something I’ve never had. I’ve actually never had any organ meat of any kind, so you will definitely get a candid description of this experience whenever I’m able to try!
- Arroz con Pato (duck)
- I love duck, and I love rice. What could go wrong here? I did see that the rice is traditionally combined with a cilantro paste and dark beer to give it a more bold flavor. Duck is probably the most perfect poultry you can eat as far as taste goes, so I’d be happy to have two or three servings 🙂
As an honorable mention, I have to try some ceviche. This was on my list for another South American city, but ceviche is recognized as the national dish of Peru, and I wouldn’t feel proper without trying a few variations!
Alright my friends, after a very long day, I’m ready to head down that old dusty road! I hope you all had a great week! I’ll be back on Monday with a brand new post, in which I’ll be revealing my theme for the week! Have a great weekend 🙂