So much to do and see in Lima
We kept ourselves busy during the second week of our adventure, exploring some of the museums and sites Lima has to offer. Lima is a large city with a very dense population. We could have probably spent a month and not see all the city has to offer. The kids prefer to see a site one day, take the next day off, and stick close to where we are staying. Being that there is always so many people around all the time, it can be a bit overwhelming for us all, but we are enjoying the slower pace a long term trip offers, taking our time to see the sites.
Interactive Imagination Children Museum
Our first stop of the week was the Museo Interactivo de Lima Parque de la Imaginación. It was a large site with many interactive displays for kids. With our kids being on the older side they did have some fun there but it was geared towards younger children. The site also had a small aquarium building with turtles, sea horses and sting rays that the kids enjoyed. It was a little daunting at first because like most everything else, it was completely in Spanish. Luckily, one of the employees who spoke a little English noticed us, and took the time to show us how things worked, and where to go.
After reading many rave reviews of the Museo Larco we decided to take a 30 minute walk from our apartment in Magdelena Del Mar to the neighbourhood of Pueblo Libre. It was the highlight of our time in Lima. Museo Larco is a private museum that holds the largest and most important collections of pre-Colombian artifacts, gold and ceramics in all of Peru, and information signage is displayed in 6 languages The museum is in a vice royal building built in the 1700’s on top of an 8th century adobe pyramid. The museum also features a room of huacos eroticos (erotic pottery) from the Moche civilization that lived on the northern coast of Lima for over 800 years until 800AD. Mark and I took turns going in, while the other hung out with the kids in the massive courtyard gardens. Museo Larco has a restaurant that shouldn’t be missed. We splurged on our budget that day for a chance to have a lunch in the beautiful setting that the Cafe del Museo offered. I had a sandwich of marinated beef with avocado that was to die for, Mark was introduced to Lomo Saltado for the first time (a fantastic Peruvian dish), and the kids had what were probably the best hamburgers ever.
On our first trip into the tourist district of Miraflores we explored the ruins of Huaca Pucllana. An adobe pyramid built by the Lima culture in the years between 400AD-700AD. A guided English tour is included in your admission. You cannot explore the ruins alone as it is still an active archaeology site. The guided tour lasted a little over and hour. We were in awe to find out that they had only excavated half of the site, and still had another 30 years of work to do in order to excavate the rest. Another trip 30 years from now might be in order.
Overall, the museums and archaeological sites we visited in Lima were quite interesting for us all, and very affordable. None of them costing over $20 Canadian for a family of 4 to visit. There is so much more when it comes to the city of Lima, which is why we will have to dedicate another post to this incredible city.
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