The trails of the Inca Road
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Hello, I am glad to greet you, I am Yael Yancelson and it will be a pleasure to take this tour with you, today we are going to make a trip that I really wanted to do, we are going to live unforgettable adventures in Lima, Peru. —-So breathe, close your eyes, give me your hand and let yourself be guided, let’s begin.
Roads full of ancient culture, beautiful landscapes and great adventures welcome us in Lima. Being the only capital in South America with access to the Pacific Ocean has its appeal: on the cliffs of the Costa Verde you can see a modern Lima, which is at the forefront just like the most important cities in the world. But if you want to connect with historic Lima, a visit to the city center is essential.
Today I feel like starting the tour by trekking, a sport that, thanks to the varied geography of Lima, is becoming more and more popular, and that invites us to break the routine, forget stress and make contact with history and nature in a , we go to the trails of the Inca Trail or Qhapaq Ñan.
As we are adventurers, we are going to take a paragliding ride on the Costa Verde and there is also the option of rafting. We will discover Antioquia, Azpitia, Barranca, Canta, Churín and Huaral, some of the provinces of Lima that are ideal for experiential tourism.
And almost like a time machine we see the old Lima, with its colonial and unique touch. One of the main attractions of the oldest cities throughout the world is the visit to its Historic Center, turn to both sides to see, the buildings that surround the Plaza de Armas, don’t you think they are frozen in time? Well, many of the colonial balconies that were seen in ancient Lima are still preserved. We continue to visit the Cathedral of Lima, located a few steps from the Plaza de Armas, and we pass through different churches such as Las Nazarenas and the monastery of Santa Rosa de Lima, I like that they maintain their essence since they were created. The Basilica Cathedral of Lima, located on one side of the Plaza de Armas, is the most important religious temple to visit in Lima and in Peru. The exterior presents several styles in which the Renaissance of the facade stands out with plateresque details, and the neoclassical of its towers and we assure you that the interior is even more spectacular, with a ceiling in which a starry sky is recreated and the Renaissance, neoclassical and baroque styles in decoration. Also inside are 13 beautiful chapels full of details, the impressive Choir Stairs and the Crypt of Francisco Pizarro, the founder of Lima.
The Plaza de Armas or Plaza Mayor, located in the heart of the historic center and in the same place where in 1535 the conqueror Francisco Pizarro founded the city and if you look closely it is surrounded by some of the most important buildings in the city such as the Cathedral, the Government Palace, the Archbishop’s Palace and the Sagrario Church, the locals have recommended us to walk at sunset through the Parque del Amor located in the famous neighborhood of Miraflores, this was inaugurated on Valentine’s Day in 1993, in honor of the lovers, see how its benches are made with colored mosaics that remind us of Park Güell in Barcelona, while you read the different phrases of poets dedicated to love. In the park there is also the famous sculpture “El beso”, by the Peruvian sculptor Victor Delfin, and a flower garden in the shape of a heart – how romantic!
The museums throughout the Lima territory are also alternatives to intersperse with other types of activities. How about we enter the National Museum of Anthropology and Archeology, which has the best collection of the pre-Hispanic era in Peru. then we can visit the Larco Museum, Lima Art Museum (MALI), Contemporary Art Museum (MAC) and Mario Testino Museum (MATE), which are at the forefront of artistic global society.
Would you like to ride a bicycle through the streets of Miraflores until you reach Larcomar? which are located very close to the sea
We continue touring what was declared Cultural Heritage of Humanity, and look at its beautiful squares and monuments; you can appreciate the imposing mansions with balconies and the splendor of the Cathedral of Lima. This is one of the countless churches, cloisters and sanctuaries that are located throughout the center of Lima. Nearby is the Municipality of Lima, which keeps inside an elegant and fine finish in each of its corridors. Let’s see the changing of the guard at the Government Palace. We are going to take a long walk along the always busy Jirón de la Unión -the most important street in the Historic Center- until we reach Chinatown, where we can taste the famous chifa restaurants (food Peruvian-Oriental fusion); Let’s enter the Museum of the Holy Inquisition, without stopping to go through the Catacombs of Lima, to have a chilling and acculturated tour just as we like it.
I invite you to immerse yourself in the incredible Peruvian culture by exploring the Peruvian oasis of Huacachina and looking at the Nazca lines from the sky – it’s incredible, wow look at that.
The so-called “Nazca lines”, in the middle of the desert in south-central Peru, continue to intrigue scientists and visitors hundreds of years after their creation. With a reddish color caused by oxidation, it is definitely one of the most enigmatic archaeological mysteries on our planet. What on the ground looks like a labyrinth of paths traced on the ground, from a bird’s eye view it composes gigantic figures that represent geometric shapes, animals, plants and humans. Some are preserved in perfect condition, others have been slowly erased by the winds, erosion and the passage of time. These are a group of pre-Columbian geoglyphs that extend into the desert sands. They cover an area of almost 1,000 square kilometers and there are about 300 different figures. They are made up of more than 10,000 lines, some of them 30 meters wide and more than 9 kilometers long. According to his theory, they were traced by the Nazca civilization, an archaeological culture of Ancient Peru, which developed in the valleys of the current department of Ica between the year 300 BC and 600 AD. It has given rise to the most diverse theories, from that it is only about ritual paths to that the figures are related to the visits of extraterrestrials to Earth. In 2015, a team of researchers from Yamagata University (Japan) presented the results of their study, which demonstrated its origin and also its possible function. According to his theory, the geoglyphs adorned the pilgrimage route to the pre-Inca city of Cahuachi, capital of the Nazca culture. The purpose and real meaning of the enigmatic Nazca Lines is still unknown.
Then we arrive at The skate park is located on the boardwalk of the Marina. It is a very popular place for adults and children who like to practice skateboarding, riding BMX bikes and skating. It has slabs specially designed for the practice of various pirouettes on wheels. In addition, it is surrounded by green areas. It is one of the few places in the city for lovers of this type of sports and it is always nice to see what these guys do, isn’t it?
Following we arrive at another Sinchi Roca park, it is located in the Comas district and is in charge of the Municipality, ideal for swimming or having a picnic Or if you are like me and love to dance we go to El Campo de Marte de Jesús María is one of the parks where you will always find people having fun day and night, it is a place where many people gather to dance and practice various choreographies or to learn to skate.
Huaca Pullcana, an archaeological zone belonging to a pre-Inca civilization that existed from 200 to 700 AD. C., Abandoned for centuries, these ruins were not recovered until 1967 to convert them, after years of restoration, into another of the great tourist attractions to visit in Lima. The archaeological complex has a pyramidal shape reaching a maximum height of 25 meters and is Composed of a set of squares, patios and structures, it takes strength to climb to the highest area of the 7-story pyramid, built with mud bricks.
One of my favorite neighborhoods is Barranco, an old fishing village, it is the bohemian neighborhood and although it is best to wander aimlessly, it is worth going down San Martín avenue surrounded by residential buildings, art galleries and hotels, to the charming Plaza de Barranco and you can appreciate the fantastic murals that fill its streets and squares with urban art.
Don’t forget to make a wish as you breathlessly cross the Puente de los Suspiros, a 19th-century wooden bridge, and head to the boardwalk for fantastic sea views.
Let’s make a stop at the Ayahuasca Resto Bar to try some of the star dishes of Peruvian cuisine such as ceviche and a pisco sour.
They are offering us a paragliding flight along the coast of Lima, do you dare? and going down we go to the impressive Monastery of San FranciscoVery famous for its catacombs and its incredible library, where you can admire thousands of ancient texts, some from the time of the Spanish conquest, this monastery also has a basilica where the main altar of neoclassical style stands out , the sacristy, the chapter house and the cloister. It is also known for its enormous catacombs where some 70,000 corpses rest, some of them in crypts full of bones that have even been placed “for decoration”.
Another of the most beautiful churches in the historic center is La Recoleta, which has a beautiful blue facade. See night show of lights and water at the Magical Water Circuit or Parque de la Reserva.
Some of the most recognized typical dishes of Peruvian gastronomy are ceviche (raw and marinated fish and shellfish with lemon and pepper sauce, accompanied with corn, sweet potatoes and onions) and rice with shellfish. As for desserts, white manjar along with rice pudding, purple mazamorra and picarones are the most traditional. The flag drink of Peru is pisco. Similarly, other typical Peruvian drinks are chicha morada and chicha de jora, as well as national beers such as Cuzqueña and Arequipeña.
If you like to cook, I think it’s time to prepare our ingredients to go to the kitchen and make a typical Peruvian ceviche, click on the button or if you prefer, keep traveling.
And that is how we left this beautiful and interesting city with the desire to return because we still had a lot to discover. Every week we will travel to another corner of this wonderful world, to discover, enjoy and fly with our imaginations, I wait for you every Friday and I ask you If you liked the content, share it with your friends and give me a like and a review of your comments, because with that you help me a lot to raise the ranking of this podcast, ALTERNATIVE REALITY, A UNIQUE AND DIFFERENT SPACE THAT CREATES COMMUNITY…. We make the difference.I invite you to get to know the Incluyeme Foundation, which works on labor integration with young people and adults with intellectual disabilities to help them have a better quality of life. If you would like to have more information and review their programs, go to: www.incluyeme.org I recently had the honor of being interviewed on their radio program and it was wonderful, I invite you to listen to them too!
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