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.