This morning we flew from Cusco to Lima to wind down our whirl wind trip through southern Peru. Edgar has taken care of us throughout and I couldn’t be happier with Gate One, praise I don’t give lightly. I’ve toured with several other companies over the last 30 years and have had some wonderful experiences, but this has been exceptional and I’ll look for other small group tours in the future.
After a brief tour of Lima we went to the Museo Largo first for a lovely lunch under a canopy in the museum gardens. We then toured the museum with our Gate One Lima city guide. We started with a gallery of pre-Columbian Huaco Erotic Pottery. That was enlightening! (Anthony Bourdain found this collection hilarious when he toured Peru for his CNN program Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown) Quite graphic but nothing new! It seems that sex is sex throughout the ages.
Next we roamed through several huge store rooms of pottery of all descriptions. We were told that archaeologists have learned a lot about pre-Columbian, pre Incan, and Incan civilization from the diverse pottery discovered and collected. Other than the erotic collection, there was pottery depicting medical procedures, animals, birds and fish, art, and daily life. There were several rooms with shelves full of this pottery and these were just the storage rooms. The museum displays many of the collection’s best pieces in beautiful showcases nicely arranged and lit. Shown in the museum displays were also weapons, weaving, and large gold head and breast pieces as well as jewelry and other adornments. One display showed a beautifully preserved mummy still intact showing how bodies were arranged in the fetal position then wrapped generously in cloth and outwardly dressed.
Our last dinner together was a pleasant surprise Edgar had in store for us. Our bus driver took us to the Hhuaca Pucllana in the Miraflores district to an open air restaurant overlooking the lighted pyramid. The settling was magical. The Huaca Puccllana is an archaeological site of the remains of a great adobe and play pyramid built between 200 and 700 AD. According to WIKI the name means “a place for ritual games” it served as an important ceremonial and administrative center in its time. These days its a treasure trove of artifacts giving scientists and archaeologists more information to piece together the history of Peru.