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April 12th, 2010 – by: tirsomaldonado
The conference was at the auditorium in a 25-story building located in the financial district (San Isidro). We ended up giving a 4 ½ hours talk about DMS (Destination Management Systems). It was fun as people were quite collaborative and many questions were raised. Right after we went to have lunch to a trendy restaurant in the area. Attaching a review of “Segundo Muelle”.
After lunch we were given a very interesting tour around the city! It is one of the biggest cities in the world counting with more than 8 million people. There is a big mixture, as you find very rich districts with very modern and big shopping malls but you also find areas where people live in shacks. The city was founded by Francisco Pizarro in 1535 and soon became one of the most prosper cities in the colony until everything change in 1746 when it was hit and devastated by an earthquake. Until 1920 it was a considered a relatively small city but everything change and started growing with people from all rural areas in Peru.
Right in the center of the city you find the “Plaza de Armas” with its Cathedral reconstructed in 1746 after the earthquake.
But what really captured my attention was the “Monasterio de San Francisco”. This monastery and church is well known by its catacombs with are right underneath the building. They say you can find 70.000 dead people and all bones are classified and organized in different cavities. It is quite impressive when you see hundreds of skulks all together. They give you a 40-minute tour around the monastery and all guides are very well trained. To tell you the truth, I found it quite mystic and intriguing. For some moments you fell transported to its old times when people were buried there and you found all monks walking along the monastery.
Once back in the hotel, we prepared our luggage to go to Cusco!!
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