Lima, last day.

Lima, Peru, traveling from Cusco

Lima's main square, Plaza de Armas

Lima’s main square, Plaza de Armas

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Shelves and shelves of pottery at Museo Largo, Lima

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Pre Columbian pottery in the Museo Largo, Lima

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Pre Columbian pottery storage rooms Museo Largo, Lima

 

 

 

 

 

 

This morning we flew from Cusco to Lima to wind down our whirlwind 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.

Museo Largo, Lima Peru

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.

Pre-Columbian Pottery, oh my! 

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.

Room after room of pottery over the ages. 

Next, we roamed through several huge storerooms 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.

Not only pottery, weaving, weapons, and jewelry, they had it all. 

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.

Mummy, Museo Largo Lima Peru

Mummy, Museo Largo Lima, Peru

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Dining at the Huaca Pucllana Lima, Peru

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our last dinner together.  Where have the days gone. 

My Gate One tour mates, a lovely group of people.

My Gate One tour mates, a lovely group of people. We depart Lima tomorrow. 

Our last dinner together was a pleasant surprise Edgar had in store for us. Our bus driver took us to the Huaca Pucllana in the Miraflores district to an open-air restaurant overlooking the lighted pyramid. The setting was magical. The Huaca Pucllana 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 it’s a treasure trove of artifacts giving scientists and archaeologists more information to piece together the history of Peru.

About

I'm in my sixties with the world at my feet and thoughts mostly of "where to next?". I retired in 2017, sold my house in Massachusetts and most of my furniture and "stuff." When not traveling you can find me in Florida in the winter and Rhode Island in the summer. Travel has been a passion from a young age, over the years I've discovered I'm a traveler, not a tourist. I prefer traveling solo, with a travel friend, or small groups. Whenever possible I would rather spend time in one place rather than moving around. I'll never turn down an opportunity to go to France, but my travels have taken me all over the world. I've met some incredible people and had some fantastic experiences.

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