Downtown Lima in Pictures

Downtown Lima is different than downtown Bogota in that it’s bigger, better, cleaner, safer, and not crawling with crackheads. The Viceroyalty of Peru was the capital of Spanish South America for over two hundred years. Spain ruled over its South American territories from Lima. Mexico City governed Central America, the Caribbean, and its territories that are now part of the United States (California, Colorado, etc.). In the 18th century New Granada was established, and Bogota governed what is now Colombia, Ecuador, Venezuela, and Panama.

Maybe being the previous capital of South America plays a part in Lima’s grandiosity. The plazas are bigger, more impressive, and make better pictures than any other city I’ve seen in Latin America, including Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro.

Most striking is the lack of indigents and drug addicts in Lima. I’m sure there are pickpockets, but it’s generally an area where you don’t have to watch your back, in direct contrast with downtown Bogota.

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10 comments

  1. I guess that is the Rimac River. The Spanish must have founded Lima on it’s banks because of the availabity of water. Just like th LA River it carves up the city, but is now largely forgotten.

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  2. the red building is the Venezuelan embassy. There was some strange story about that building a couple of years back but damn if i can remember what it was about.

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  3. Other Landmarks in Lima downtown
    The argentinean embassy.
    http://www.google.com.pe/search?hl=es-419&q=argentinean+embassy+in+Lima&bpcl=38897761&biw=911&bih=431&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_qf.&wrapid=tlif135358089861810&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tbm=isch&source=og&sa=N&tab=wi&ei=agGuUPuODIac9gT8qIGwBg#um=1&hl=es-419&tbo=d&tbm=isch&sa=1&q=embajada+argentina+en+Lima&oq=embajada+argentina+en+Lima&gs_l=img.3..0j0i24l2.20321.26923.0.27058.26.13.0.13.13.0.89.524.13.13.0…0.0…1c.1.tOoWdUFzAE8&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_qf.&fp=b794eef9eb6c45ef&bpcl=38897761&biw=911&bih=431

    El palacio de Osambela
    http://www.google.com.pe/search?hl=es-419&q=argentinean+embassy+in+Lima&bpcl=38897761&biw=911&bih=431&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_qf.&wrapid=tlif135358089861810&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tbm=isch&source=og&sa=N&tab=wi&ei=agGuUPuODIac9gT8qIGwBg#um=1&hl=es-419&tbo=d&tbm=isch&sa=1&q=Palacio+de+Osambela&oq=Palacio+de+Osambela&gs_l=img.3..0j0i24.2714.16627.3.16963.20.13.0.7.7.0.252.2221.4j2j7.13.0…0.0…1c.1.H6nMOgO2Mnw&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_qf.&fp=b794eef9eb6c45ef&bpcl=38897761&biw=911&bih=431

    El palacio Torre Tagle
    http://www.google.com.pe/search?hl=es-419&cp=17&gs_id=24&xhr=t&q=el+palacio+torre+tagle&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_qf.&bpcl=38897761&biw=911&bih=431&wrapid=tljp1353581167027030&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tbm=isch&source=og&sa=N&tab=wi&ei=hAKuUIzBFYq09QTrjoD4AQ

    El Jiron de la Union
    http://www.google.com.pe/search?hl=es-419&biw=911&bih=431&q=El+Jiron+de+la+Union+en+Lima&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_qf.&bpcl=38897761&wrapid=tlif135358125451310&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tbm=isch&source=og&sa=N&tab=wi&ei=4wKuUK3zC4L68QT074GgBg

    El Barrio chino or chinatown
    http://www.google.com.pe/search?hl=es-419&q=Barrio+chino+de+Lima&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_qf.&bpcl=38897761&biw=911&bih=431&wrapid=tlif135358135973910&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tbm=isch&source=og&sa=N&tab=wi&ei=RwOuUN3BBIby9gSE6oH4DQ

    Jiron quilca or Boulevard Quilca

    El Parque Universitario
    http://www.google.com.pe/search?q=el+parque+Universitario&hl=es-419&tbo=u&tbm=isch&source=univ&sa=X&ei=tAWuUJCvCIfO9QTds4DwAw&ved=0CDMQsAQ&biw=943&bih=446

    The oldest University in the American continent
    http://www.google.com.pe/search?hl=es-419&pq=el+parque+universitario&cp=21&gs_id=2c&xhr=t&q=la+casona+de+san+marcos&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_qf.&bpcl=38897761&biw=943&bih=446&wrapid=tljp1353582146074240&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tbm=isch&source=og&sa=N&tab=wi&ei=WAauUM_ZFIHq8wTBtIHwCQ

    The oldest and the new Ministerio de Educacion.
    http://www.google.com.pe/search?hl=es-419&q=El+ministerio+de+Educacion+en+Lima&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_qf.&bpcl=38897761&biw=943&bih=446&wrapid=tlif135358222956710&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tbm=isch&source=og&sa=N&tab=wi&ei=tAauUOrKM4LM9QSn2oDoDQ#um=1&hl=es-419&tbo=d&tbm=isch&sa=1&q=antiguo++ministerio+de+Educacion+en+Lima&oq=antiguo++ministerio+de+Educacion+en+Lima&gs_l=img.3…17936.21046.0.21587.8.8.0.0.0.0.281.1529.1j4j3.8.0…0.0…1c.1.Ksv4tl0SMZc&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_qf.&fp=8395c58b62e2f9c9&bpcl=38897761&biw=943&bih=446

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  4. Places in Downtown to have fun

    Estadio bar a spot where You can watch a soccer match and have a couple beers or cocktails.
    http://www.estadio.com.pe/estadio.html

    Bolivar hotel and Maury bar
    both compete for who make the best pisco sour in the city.
    http://www.google.com.pe/search?hl=es-419&q=bar+del+hotel+Bolivar&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_qf.&bpcl=38897761&biw=943&bih=446&wrapid=tlif135358721581010&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tbm=isch&source=og&sa=N&tab=wi&ei=IRquUKr9J4r49gTG1YC4AQ

    http://www.google.com.pe/search?hl=es-419&q=bar+del+hotel+Bolivar&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_qf.&bpcl=38897761&biw=943&bih=446&wrapid=tlif135358721581010&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tbm=isch&source=og&sa=N&tab=wi&ei=IRquUKr9J4r49gTG1YC4AQ#um=1&hl=es-419&tbo=d&tbm=isch&sa=1&q=bar+maury&oq=bar+maury&gs_l=img.3..0j0i24.41085.47002.0.47767.8.8.0.0.0.0.250.1510.2j0j6.8.0…0.0…1c.1.epB-Lm7nNY4&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_qf.&fp=8395c58b62e2f9c9&bpcl=38897761&biw=943&bih=446

    Etnias bar and disco
    http://www.google.com.pe/search?hl=es-419&q=bar+del+hotel+Bolivar&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_qf.&bpcl=38897761&biw=943&bih=446&wrapid=tlif135358721581010&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tbm=isch&source=og&sa=N&tab=wi&ei=IRquUKr9J4r49gTG1YC4AQ#um=1&hl=es-419&tbo=d&tbm=isch&sa=1&q=etnias+bar&oq=etnias+bar&gs_l=img.3..0l5j0i24l5.73346.75892.2.77706.10.8.0.2.2.0.256.1426.2j1j5.8.0…0.0…1c.1.gSHm-nA5i04&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_qf.&fp=8395c58b62e2f9c9&bpcl=38897761&biw=943&bih=446

    El averno bar
    http://www.google.com.pe/search?hl=es-419&q=bar+del+hotel+Bolivar&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_qf.&bpcl=38897761&biw=943&bih=446&wrapid=tlif135358721581010&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tbm=isch&source=og&sa=N&tab=wi&ei=IRquUKr9J4r49gTG1YC4AQ#um=1&hl=es-419&tbo=d&tbm=isch&sa=1&q=el+averno+bar&oq=el+averno+bar&gs_l=img.3..0i24.63738.72221.4.75900.10.10.0.0.0.0.333.1695.3j3j3j1.10.0…0.0…1c.1.KZxvdRB9bUo&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_qf.&fp=8395c58b62e2f9c9&bpcl=38897761&biw=943&bih=446

    Parque de la exposicion
    http://www.google.com.pe/search?hl=es-419&q=bar+del+hotel+Bolivar&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_qf.&bpcl=38897761&biw=943&bih=446&wrapid=tlif135358721581010&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tbm=isch&source=og&sa=N&tab=wi&ei=IRquUKr9J4r49gTG1YC4AQ#um=1&hl=es-419&tbo=d&tbm=isch&sa=1&q=el+averno+bar&oq=el+averno+bar&gs_l=img.3..0i24.63738.72221.4.75900.10.10.0.0.0.0.333.1695.3j3j3j1.10.0…0.0…1c.1.KZxvdRB9bUo&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_qf.&fp=8395c58b62e2f9c9&bpcl=38897761&biw=943&bih=446

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