Lima, Pachcamac, Huana Pullacana, National Museum

Lima Travel Blog

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It's day one and Kristi is ALREADY trying to kill me.
Kristi and my first day in Lima.  Lima is a busy, overpopulated city with many shanty-towns on the outskirts.  I had heard lots of bad things about Lima, but found it quite clean and not too impoverished compared with places like Cairo and Istanbul.   Though there was lots of evidence that the crime rate was high.  Driving at night from the airport through Central Lima to Miraflores (the nice part of town) we never saw cars parked on side of the road until we arrived in Miraflores, probably because they wouldn't be there in the morning if they were left out.  Also, both in the rich and poor parts of town, homes and apartment builds had tall gates or walls that were topped with spikes, barbed wire, electric wire or broken glass bottles.
Gold Incan sun mask.
  Again, more evidence that there is a decent amount of property crime in Lima.

National Museum

The previous night, Kristi and I pulled into our hostel, I headed to the restroom to freshen up and then returned to our room to find that Kristi had already made a new friend.  Charlie, a fellow die-hard archaeology fan, had overheard Kristi and I talking and had hunted down his fellow Americans.  The three of us spent the next day making the rounds of important sites and stops in Lima.

First thing in the morning, Charlie, Kristi and I rented a taxi for the day, which enabled us to reach some of the sites that are located outside Lima.  Our first stop though was the SUPPOSEDLY awesome National Museum, well awesome according to the Lonely Planet.  Turned out it wasn't quite so awesome in person.
Kristi, Charlie and I.
  The Lonely Planet states that the National Museum is the big bad museum with all the cool stuff and that the archaeology/anthropology museum just has a few pots.  Sadly,  this turns out not to be the case.  The National Museum had a small room with a few nice pieces (some zoomorphic pots, knots that the Incans used to record numerical and mathematical data, tapestries, gold workings, and pots depicting mythological stories), one floor devoted to Peruvian civil war and one floor that was the ode to the potato (tons of potato art).

Pachacamac

Next up was Pachacamac, which easily surpassed the National Museum in the cool-archaeological-stuff category.  Pachcamac was ancient Incan cult, religious and administrative center.  The Adobe Pyramid was kind of small, but had a great view from the top of it.  The site, at least when we visited it, had almost no guards so we were really able to explore it.

Huana Pullacana

Huana Pullacana is a mudbrick adobe pyramid located in the heart of Miraflores, which is near downtown Lima.  It has an interesting location and is an amazingly well preserved example of an Incan mudbrick Adobe Pyramid.
blurbmoi says:
this looks like a really great trip, i envy you:-)
Posted on: Oct 02, 2008
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Its day one and Kristi is ALREADY…
It's day one and Kristi is ALREAD…
Gold Incan sun mask.
Gold Incan sun mask.
Kristi, Charlie and I.
Kristi, Charlie and I.
Shanty-town on outskirts of Lima.
Shanty-town on outskirts of Lima.
Shanty-town on outskirts of Lima.
Shanty-town on outskirts of Lima.
Nice part of Lima - Miraflores.  N…
Nice part of Lima - Miraflores. …
Lima.
Lima.
Miraflores.
Miraflores.
Kristi outside of our hostel in Li…
Kristi outside of our hostel in L…
Another way to protect ones home,…
Another way to protect one's home…
Grouse eggs.  They are really popu…
Grouse eggs. They are really pop…
Kristi shopping at a supermarket i…
Kristi shopping at a supermarket …
Downtown Lima.
Downtown Lima.
Downtown Lima.
Downtown Lima.
Downtown Lima.
Downtown Lima.
Lima.
Lima.
Lima
Lima
Lima.
Lima.
Incan pot. Shows their creation st…
Incan pot. Shows their creation s…
Incan knots. Complex system of kno…
Incan knots. Complex system of kn…
Incan tapestry.
Incan tapestry.
Incan tapestry.
Incan tapestry.
Incan gold shirt.
Incan gold shirt.
Incan pot depicting battle scene. …
Incan pot depicting battle scene.…
The Peruvians LOVE the potato. The…
The Peruvians LOVE the potato. Th…
Charlie and I at Pachcamac.
Charlie and I at Pachcamac.
Administrative center at Pachcamac.
Administrative center at Pachcamac.
Pachcamac
Pachcamac
Pachcamac. Adobe Pyramid in the ba…
Pachcamac. Adobe Pyramid in the b…
Pachcamac.  Climbing around adobe …
Pachcamac. Climbing around adobe…
Pachcamac.
Pachcamac.
Pachcamac.
Pachcamac.
Pachcamac.  The tiny spec in the d…
Pachcamac. The tiny spec in the …
Pachcamac.  The town was really en…
Pachcamac. The town was really e…
Kristi and I.
Kristi and I.
Huaca Pullacana. Miraflores, Lima.
Huaca Pullacana. Miraflores, Lima.
Lima
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