Lima is a beautiful city. Lots of history yet very modern. Naturally, as tourists, we headed to the historic downtown area where there was just way too much to see and learn about but they offer free walking tours. Yes, free, though there is this expectation to tip the tour guide.
The tour starts in Plaza de Armas, the central square. It’s surrounded by all these buildings with pretty cool architecture and some history.
Nearly every city and town in Peru has a central square known as the ‘Plaza de Armas’ and Lima is no different. This colourful main square was the foundation of the ‘City of the kings’ in 1535 and was Lima’s first public square. It was where Peru was declared a Republic in 1821.
Next up was the Basilica and Maximus Convent of Nuestra Señora del Rosario, popularly known as that of Santo Domingo, located in the city of Lima, Lima Region, capital of Peru.
It’s always unfortunate when you do a walking tour and the information shared is so dense, so rich and so much that you just can’t remember it all. Just saying.
Finally, we were ready to eat. We asked around and were referred to a restaurant called La Muralla which means The Wall. During the 17th century the heart of Lima was ringed by a muralla (city wall), much of which was torn down in the 1870s as the city expanded. You can still view a set of excavated remains at the Parque de la Muralla, where, in addition to the wall, a small on-site museum (with erratic hours) details the development of the city and holds a few objects. As well as the restaurant.
We didn’t go inside the Church & Convent of San Francisco, but the main draw for most tourists is the catacombs where over 30,000 people were buried until 1808. The catacombs were only discovered in 1943 and it’s said to be eerie to wander through the silent, claustrophobic crypts filled with human skulls and remains.
Najwa’s middle name is Mi Museo, a combination of part of both her grandmothers’ names. Museo, though, in Spanish, means museum.
As pleasant as everything was, there was obviously something going on. There were these cops posted through the plazas, mostly near the Presidential Palace, fully prepared for whatever was or was not going to pop off. We saw some gathering of people protesting, but overall nothing happened. Apparently Peru is having a leadership crisis.
One thing we didn’t see a lot of are Black people. Well, until we did.
More random photos of whatever.