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.
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.
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.
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.
I’ve worked, lived and traveled in 30 different countries, and lived in Lima for four years without incident, until Wednesday 8, July 2015. While no place is ever 100% SAFE, there are places safer than others, and in Lima it’s no exception. My intention is not to scare or deter tourism in Lima, only to give advice to tourists on venues not to go, or use extra vigilance when visiting these places.
This year I decided to invite a few of my Peruvian friends over for dinner to help me celebrate the United States 239th birthday. I didn’t want to go with the stereotypical hamburgers and hotdogs, but rather show them, you know, what REAL cooking is! Besides, I don’t have a grill 😦 Peru’s Independence Day is 28 July.
The Miraflores district of Lima Peru is a tourist mecca, and in the heart of it is Parque Kennedy. Named after U.S. President John F. Kennedy and adorned with a bust to commemorate his passing 40 years prior. Kennedy Park has a large walkway through the middle, dotted with benches under shade trees, green lawns and beautiful flower beds. It also has a recently renovated playground for young children.
Recently I was in the Miraflores district of Lima, and being an amateur chocolatier and moreover, a veracious connoisseur of chocolate I stopped into the Choco Museo (Chocolate Museum) located by Kennedy Park and took a tour.
It’s free to enter and tour the small interactive museum and they offer a free sample of cacao husk tea to get your taste buds going. Choco Museo is an artisanal chocolate maker, processing chocolate from organic cocao beans to chocolate bar. There are three locations in Peru: Miraflores, Barranco, and Cusco. An interesting factoid is that out of the ten different varieties of cocao bean, six of those come from Peru, making it a leading cocao producer.
Machu Picchu – Getting There – Photo’s -Travel Tips
Select your choice of traditional Andean “Cuzco” music below to set the mood for your virtual tour…
Okay, lets get started… “a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step” – Confucius
An international airport is planned or in the works for direct flights into Cuzco, or Cusco… until then, you’ll fly into Lima Peru, the capital, dubbed “The City of Kings.” Assuming you are just arriving to Lima, and not already here, you will overnight in Lima. Tip: [Generally, arriving around 3pm local, there are very short to no lines, and it’s a breeze through immigrations – collect your bags – go through customs and you are out the door. There are a lot more flights arriving around 11pm and the lines can back up.]