Article Archive for January 2011
Lima Peru is a city of over 8 million inhabitants. Poverty, population density and water supply concerns.
San Isidro Lima is a glamorous district that stands out for its green zones and manicured lawns. The most representative and most beautiful park is El Olivar, with 450 year old olive trees that date from the colonial times.
At night Barranco becomes the Lima that never sleeps, there is a large concentration of bars, live music nightclubs and peñas. El Puente de los Suspiros provides a romantic stroll through the historic part of the district.
Miraflores district of Lima is known for its restaurants, shopping, parks, beaches and the view of the Ocean and a thriving night-life.
Historic Lima is the most visited tourist destination, the Center of Lima or Centro de Lima, as locals call it, used to be the entire city with the Plaza the Armas as its heart.
Inca architecture is most known for its polygonal stones used in many religious buildings. One stone found in a temple wall in Machu Picchu is estimated to have at least 33 corners. Machu Picchu has about 200 buildings that are considered architectural wonders. These buildings were made of individually shaped pieces of carved gray granite stone that fitted perfectly together.
Machu Picchu was built around AD1460 by Inca Pachacuti.The Spaniards never found Machu Picchu, so unlike other cities in the Inca Civilization, it was never destroyed or changed. In 1911 Hiram Bingham, an American explorer, accidentally discovered Machu Picchu, the “Lost City of the Incas”.
Food of the Peruvian Amazon is rich in local fresh water fish. Bananas is a staple food that accompanies almost every dish. In the Amazon there is plentiful of fruits such as papayas, maracuya or passion fruit, paw-paw, chirimoya or custard, apple and mangoes among others and is part of the everyday meals of the population.
Since the Inca Civilization people living in the Andes have based their diet on potatoes, maize and meat. Soups and stews are among the most popular dishes. Everything goes into it including meat, many kinds of potatoes, maize, carrots, local spices and hot peppers. They are cooked for hours because of the lower oxygen at high altitude.
Peruvian food in the coast is based on seafood. The Pacific coast is the provider of many species of fish and shellfish. The most famous dish is ceviche. Ceviche is raw seafood marinated in lime or lemon juice, garlic, onions, hot peppers; it is served with potatoes, sweet potatoes, yucca or maize. You can have scallop, white sea bass or corvina, calamari, shrimp, mixed and endless variations of ceviche.