Wandering in Lima | Peru

I have just gotten back from a week in Peru, I was working there as a volunteer in a project for HOOP Peru. My final destination was Arequipa, but being the first time in the country I arranged a stop at Lima to have a taste of it.

Obviously a few hours doesn’t do this place justice; with 9 million inhabitants, this is not only the capital, but also the most populous city in Peru and one of the biggest cities in South America. Lima pleasantly surprised me, the cityscape presents a mix of architectural styles which juxtapose the traditional colonial era buildings of the historic city center with the modern edifications of the financial district.

The “City of Kings” – as named when funded – overlooks the Pacific Ocean, and my first sight arriving was the impressive “Circuito de Playas” Avenue. As the taxi took me from the airport to the hotel, I peered at the cliffs to my left through the foggy morning,  the ocean to my right. Waves almost kissing the only road adjacent to the ravine. I knew right there that I was going to like Lima.

View of the Avenue "Circuito de Playas" from the Larcomar Shopping Center in Lima, Peru. (Daniel Korzeniewski)

View of the Avenue “Circuito de Playas” from the Larcomar Shopping Center in Lima, Peru.

A couple of hours later I wandered the upscale district of Miraflores, an area well known for its hotels, restaurants, pubs, and shopping centers. I strolled along the Jose Larco Ave. until I reach El Malecon, over there, looms over the Larcomar Shopping center, located in top of the reef offers breathtaking views of the ocean from its multilevel terraces. I am taking photos along the way and enjoying this part of the city while locals rush to their daily activities.

LIMA, PERU - CIRCA APRIL 2014: View of famous and populous Jose Larco Ave, in the Miraflores neighborhood. (Daniel Korzeniewski)

View of famous and populous Jose Larco Ave, in the Miraflores neighborhood.

LIMA, PERU - CIRCA APRIL 2014: Group of People walking in famous and populous Jose Larco Ave, in the Miraflores neighborhood. (Daniel Korzeniewski)

Group of People walking in famous and populous Jose Larco Ave, in the Miraflores neighborhood.

LIMA, PERU - CIRCA APRIL 2014: Modern skyscrapers in the Miraflores area of Lima, Peru. (Daniel Korzeniewski)

Modern skyscrapers in the Miraflores area of Lima, Peru.

LIMA, PERU - CIRCA APRIL 2014: View of the Larcomar shopping center in the Miraflores area of Lima, Peru. (Daniel Korzeniewski)

View of the Larcomar shopping center in the Miraflores area of Lima, Peru.

LIMA, PERU - CIRCA APRIL 2014: People in Tanta, a famous bar in the Larcomar shopping center in the Miraflores area of Lima, Peru. (Daniel Korzeniewski)

People in Tanta, a famous bar in the Larcomar shopping center in the Miraflores area of Lima, Peru.

From here, a 10 minutes cab ride takes me to the historic center of Lima, the high concentration of historic buildings and monuments around is the reason of why Unesco declared it World Heritage Site. There is plenty to do and see around here, unfortunately I had just an afternoon, however it was enough to see that Lima is not just the major entry point to all that Peru has to offer but also a city that deserves to be discovered.

I will certainly be back to Lima in the near future, and I really hope to be able to stay at least a couple of days before heading to enjoy more peruvian adventures in the inner country.

LIMA, PERU - CIRCA APRIL 2014: View of the Lima Cathedral from the Plaza Mayor in the Lima Historic Centre in Peru (Daniel Korzeniewski)

View of the Lima Cathedral from the Plaza Mayor in the Lima Historic Centre in Peru

View of Church La Merced in the Lima Historic Centre in Peru (Daniel Korzeniewski)

View of Church La Merced in the Lima Historic Centre in Peru

Facade view of the Archbishop Palace in the Lima Historic Centre in Peru (Daniel Korzeniewski)

Facade of the Archbishop Palace in the Lima Historic Centre in Peru

Facade view of the Lima Cathedral in the Lima Historic Centre in Peru (Daniel Korzeniewski)

Facade of the Lima Cathedral in the Lima Historic Centre in Peru

LIMA, PERU - CIRCA APRIL 2014: Man walking in Calle del Arzobispado in the Lima Historic Centre in Peru (Daniel Korzeniewski)

Man walking in Calle del Arzobispado in the Lima Historic Centre in Peru

LIMA, PERU - CIRCA APRIL 2014: People worshiping at the Monastery of San Francisco in the Lima Historic Centre in Peru (Daniel Korzeniewski)

People worshiping at the Monastery of San Francisco in the Lima Historic Centre in Peru

Facade view of the Church of San Francisco in the Lima Historic Centre in Peru (Daniel Korzeniewski)

Facade of the Church of San Francisco in the Lima Historic Centre in Peru

LIMA, PERU - CIRCA APRIL 2014: View of the Government Palace from the Plaza Mayor in the Lima Historic Centre in Peru (Daniel Korzeniewski)

View of the Government Palace from the Plaza Mayor in the Lima Historic Centre in Peru

Lastly, I am finally traveling DSRL free, all the photos made in my trip to Peru were made with Fuji bodies, I am carrying an X-E2 and the X-T1 with a variety of lenses, but they all fit in a small pack, moving to the system for traveling is a decision I’ll never regret, these cameras and lenses are performing great, and I didn’t miss the Nikon.

Hope you enjoy the photos,  as always feel fee to comment, for print and licensing information just click in the images.

That’s all for now, more coming soon…. if you want to travel with me, please check out the 2 upcoming photo tours and adventures to Bhutan and Vietnam/Cambodia