Since I was a child, it had been an ambition of mine to visit Pompeii, and a few months ago I finally made the trip.
It was as interesting and spectacular as I imagined – perhaps even more so – but the scale of it was far larger than I had thought it would be. Continue reading
A couple of years ago I went to an exhibition at the MALI in Lima about the archaeological site of Chavín de Huántar and ever since I’d wanted to visit. Luckily, visiting the Cordillera Blanca meant that this was finally achievable!
When we travel to the North of Peru by car we always make a pitstop just outside of Trujillo at a little beach town called Huanchaco.
Day number 3 and I have 2 more excellent places to visit! The first is a very small area but well worth the stop for lunch and the second a day trip to escape the city.
I said in my previous posts, all of my recommendations are aimed at visitors to Lima and not to residents but it’s always nice to discover somewhere you haven’t been before even if it is in your own city!
Chinatown is located in the Cercado de Lima and is a great place to head for lunch or to shop for incense and stationery. When I go to Chinatown I love to stop for Chinese baked goods (pictured) which are available in the front of restaurants for take away. Also I like to buy a bag of really tasty,wrapped, chewy sweets called ‘white rabbit’ which are served with your bill in some restaurants. Buy a bag, you’ll want more!
Museo Larco, or Museo Rafael Larco Herrera to use its full name, is somewhere you MUST visit when you come to Lima.
It has an incredible collection of pre-Columbian treasures and artefacts, and is a fantastic introduction to coastal Peruvian tribal history including not only the Incas but the tribes that came before or lived alongside them. If you don’t know a lot about the people that inhabited coastal Peru before the Inca reign, then this museum will show and inform you about the Moche culture, the Lima culture, the Huari culture, and much more.
The artefacts here are incredibly well preserved, including jewellery, ritual items, pots, vases and textiles. The main museum gallery is laid out in sections and each section is in chronological order so that you can see the evolution of different tribes and the similarities and differences between their belief systems and ways of life.