Peru Encompassed 2009 travel blog




Today we went downtown all on high alert for security.... we soon realised though there was nothing to worry about, it was completely safe and quite lovely. Lima is located in the valleys of the Chillón, Rímac and Lurín rivers, on a coast overlooking the Pacific Ocean. It forms a contiguous urban area with the seaport of Callao. It is the 5th largest city in Latin America, behind Mexico City, São Paulo, Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro.

Founded by Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro 1535, as La Ciudad de los Reyes, or "The City of Kings". It became the most important city in the Spanish Viceroyalty of Peru and, after the Peruvian War of Independence, was made the capital of the Republic of Peru. Today around one-third of the Peruvian population lives in the metropolitan area.

Here we visited an interesting Monastery, it's catacombs containing over twenty-five thousand bodies and a magnificent bibloteca library. The city is very charming with all the colonial buildings, but the congested traffic was crazy. We felt like we were in a scene from the Italian job!

The accommodation and food so far have been fantastic as too our tour guide Julio. There are 5 Aussies and a token English lad. Ooops better go I can hear my name!!!

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