Machu Picchu limeño – The Machu Picchu of Lima
The trip began in Lima, at the ZBUSS terminal, (Zitabus) at Jr. Julian Pineyro 440 – Rimac – Lima. There is also another terminal at Plaza Norte. Cost: Monday –Friday 7 Soles, Saturday-Sunday 8.50 Soles. DNI, Passport required.
After two hours of Jackie Chan fight scenes playing on the bus TV, we rolled into the city of Huaral, located north, in the state of Lima. We took a taxi a short ride near the Mercado (market) where fresh juice, fruit, and water can be purchased. There were several taxi drivers on the sidewalk and haggling over prices, (around 30-35 Soles each person). Luckily we had a couple from Huaral in our group, and they took us to the Tourista Terminal a short walk back down the road. There a couple of vehicles were hired as we had nine people in our group, for 25 Soles each. (Contact info: Jose Rafael P. Claro: 997277583 Movi: 995729290, or 7252578) Jose can haul up to 7 people, 6 comfortable plus gear on top, and can pick up/drop-off at the bus terminal if arranged ahead of time.
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For this day trip, my friend Gino and I traveled three hours by bus from Lima, passing Chosica, to the little mountain town of Matucana, which sits at 2389 meters, 7841 feet above sea level, and offers five different hikes or areas to visit. For this outing, we chose the hike to Antankallo waterfall, a short 2.6 km hike with an elevation gain of 361 meters, 1181 feet at the falls.
The trail is well groomed with some trashcans at the midpoint, and the falls. At one point, I rounded a corner and met three ladies from Lima on their descent, wearing flip-flop sandals, and flats. Not much foot protection, but it’s an easy to moderate hike, depending on your personal fitness level. After living in Lima for four years at near sea level, an altitude adjustment was a minor concern.
Matucana is a quiet town, where everyone was very friendly and talkative. Besides hiking, it’s a great place to purchase farm fresh milk, cheese, and butter without the hormones and antibiotics. Un-pasteurized, un-radiated, and I lived to tell about it.
Lovely fellow-hikers from Lima on the trail.
Train depot. Train doesn’t go to Lima.
Bodega to buy some snacks.
No rain recently.
3.00 Soles admission.
Looking down at Matucana in the valley.
After visiting the waterfall, we decided to sample the food for lunch.
Bierna and her father.
10 Soles plate of trout.
Rice and lentils 4 Soles
Botija and Chata (bottom). Chata guided us back down the trail.
The locals said April is the best time to visit. A lack of water from a lack of rain.
Below are some of the photo’s taken during a photo-shoot for shoe designer Willy Lopez and his company Puro Lopez, of Lima, Peru. The shoes are modeled by Miamy Horna, also from Lima. Not every shot here is a winner.
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Yookoso, Bienvenido, Welcome.
This year I attended the 24th annual Matsuri AELU. Matsuri means “Local Festival” in Japanese, and nearly every shrine celebrates its own Matsuri. According to AELU (Asociacion Estadio La Union – Association Union Stadium) land for the club was purchased sometime after WWII, and a community effort ensued for several years to clear the land and build the club. The Japanese colony in Peru began arriving as early as 1800 for various reasons.
During the festival, many different musical talents took to the stage, Karate, Judo, Aikido exhibition, raffles from Air Canada and Delta Airlines for a Lima-Tokyo-Lima flight. Also, an anime orchestra concert, a procession that is an important element of Japanese festivals, in which the local Shrine’s kami (Shinto deity) is carried through the town in mikoshi (a divine palanquins, or portable Shinto shrine). It is the only time of the year when the kami leaves the shrine to be carried around town.
Following the procession, Sake for everyone was passed around. Then the artistic shows began with a traditional dance and eight other dance acts, a special Musical Okinawense and followed up with the grand finale of fireworks. Here are some of the pictures and video, from the event.
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Much of the winter, and much of the year for that matter, Lima is cloudy and sees little sunshine due to an inversion created by the Andes. If a person needs a dose of natural vitamin D, a short trip north, south or east of Lima is often the ticket to catch some rays of sun.
Chosica is a small town east of Lima, about two and a half hours by public bus for 3.50 Soles. Chosica has a large park as the main square, and there are several smaller parks along the Rimac River. It makes a nice day trip; however there are accommodations for an overnight trip.
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The Temple of Pachacamac is an archaeological site located 40km (25 miles) SE of Lima, and predates the Inca by several hundred years. Inca construction is visible however as they were the last to inhabit Pachacamac. The site is impressive, but being made of adobe, it is not as lavish as the stone sites in and around Cusco. There are many other Huaca’s (adobe structures and pyramids) scattered around Lima.
Located near the entrance are a museum, and where a guide may be hired. The tour lasts over three hours at the site, with approximately a half-day in total. Book your tour in Lima with a tour agency, and transportation and a guide is provided or public transportation can be taken directly to Pachacamac.
Bullring, Panamerican Highway, and Pacific Ocean.
View from the Temple of the Sun.
For further reading and study on Pachacamac click here