Callao/Lima, Peru, Day37, March 8, 2009

     Sunrise 6:13 am / Sunset 6:28 pm       Sunny 75 degrees

     Lima is the capital and largest city of Peru.  It is located in the alleys of the Chillon, Rimac and Lurin rivers, on a coast overlooking the Pacific Ocean.  It forms a contiguous urban area with the seaport of Callao.  Lima is the 5th largest city in Latin America.  It was founded by Spanish conquistdor Francisco Pizarro on January 18, 1535.  Today around 1/3 of the Peruvian population lives in the metropolitan are.   The urban area of Lima covers about 310 sq. miles.

     We took a ship’s tour with Isobel for 4 hour Panoramic tour of Lima.    We  stopped at the Parque del Amor with a statue dedicated to love by the Pacific Ocean.  Gaudi (sp.?)from Barcelona designed the tile work.

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We stopped at the Indian market for a little shopping.  A lot of the little booths were closed when we arrived.  Shortly many of them opened.  I guess word got out that the tourists were coming.  The sweaters and wool items are gorgeous, but we can’t use them in SC.   We saw Plaza Mayor, Government Palace, Cathedral, Archbishop’s Palace, and Town Hall.    I stayed on the bus and Ray got off when we reached the Cathedral.  We drove through San Isidro and Miraflores.  When we got back to the ship and I was in line for lunch the woman behind me said she saw a man lying on the ground who was shot in the head.  Here are some shots I took from the bus.  The first one is a statue that the US gave Peru when they gained independence.

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Peruvian handicrafts at the pier.

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     There was a folkloric show waiting for us in the Spectacular Theater just before departure.

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     We had to rush to get to dinner because the show was so long.  We almost sailed on time, only about 10 minutes late.  Probably because the dancers had to get off the ship.  Our show tonight was comic and ventriloquist Phil Hughes.  He was very good.

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