May 3, 2010

Lima, the Colonial Capital

We boarded a bus for downtown Lima to explore the city founded by Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro in 1535.  Celia, a lifetime resident of Peru’s capital, pointed out landmarks along the way, helping the students get a sense of the geography of the city.  Our driver, Juanito, skillfully steered our bus up the narrow road to Cerro San Cristobal, a hill overlooking the metropolitan area, so that the students could gain an appreciation of the immensity of this metropolis.  Then we descended to the colonial area downtown for a tour of San Francisco Cathedral and the Plaza de Armas with our guide, Pedro Fernandez.  We finished with a delicious lunch in Barrio Chino — China Town.

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