sábado, 29 de abril de 2017

Discovering Lima, Historical Center, Museums (III)

In previous post we made a brief review of the most characteristic religious buildings of the time of the viceroyalty in the Historic Center of Lima city.

However, if we don’t have much time to spend in the city and your preferences are more 'profane', we have some other interesting places which you can visit in the City of Kings. We recommended a short list of museums that we can find in the streets surrounding the mentioned Plaza de Armas (Main Square).

Museum of the Inquisition

Close by Junín street 548, and next to Plaza Bolivar, the Museum of the Inquisition is part of the Peruvian Congress of the Republic. According to the web page of this museum, it is (for 14th consecutive year) the most visited museum in Peru: 7.4 million visitors from 1968 to March 31, 2012.

In the nineteenth century it was also the precinct of the Peruvian Senate and welcomed its politicians. In his installations we can observe some of the practices and tortures that the Inquisition carried out through figures and objects used by the "macabre" catholic court.

Inside, the main attracctions are the Library, the Audience Hall (with a ceiling of more than 30 thousand pieces carved in mahogany) or the "Puerta del Secreto", which led to the private environment of the Inquisitor Mayor. SCHEDULE: Mon-Fri 9.00 a 17.00. Free admission with guided tours every half hour. Phone: (01) 311-7777. Facebook.

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Museum of the Inquisition, Knowing Lima, Museums Lima

Museum of Central Reserve Bank (BCR) 

This museum is in Jirón Lampa with Ucayali and has a first-order-tour for the pictorial, archaeological and numismatic heritage of Peru.

It also carries out other kinds of cultural activities such as exhibitions, cinema or theater for children. It has three exhibition areas: archeology room (with pieces from the Vicus, Moche, Chancay, Inca, Nazca, Chimú, Lambayeque and Chavín cultures); Pinacoteca Manuel Moreyra Loredo (with tendencies and schools of Peruvian painters of the XIX, XX and XXI centuries); and the Popular Art Room, with textiles, ceramics, textiles, among other items from Peru. SCHEDULE: Tue-Fri 10.00 to 16.30 and Sat-Sun 10.00 to 13.00. Free entrance. Phone: (01) 613-2000, anx 2655. Facebook.

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Postal and Philatelic Museum

This museum is one of the oldest of its kind in Latin America. Founded in 1931 as a dependency of the National Post Office, it has an official collection of Peruvian postage stamps, souvenir sheets, commemorative envelopes, commemorative postmarks, and other philatelic world curiosities.

It is also quite close to the Plaza de Armas, in Conde de Superunda 170. SCHEDULE: Tue-Fri 9am to 5pm and Sat-Sun 9am to 1am. Free entrance. Phone: (01) 428-0400.

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Andrés del Castillo Museum

This private museum located in the historic Jiron de la Union 1030 keeps a set of rooms with an important Peruvian historical heritage. In its Hall of Mining can be observed the most important collection of crystallized minerals of Peru. The room of Ceramics Chancay shows a wide collection of these objects, as well as clothing and lifestyle of this culture.

La Casa Belén, which took the name of Andrés del Castillo (1985-2006), has a patio that can be used for artistic presentations and workshops of all kinds of artistic manifestations of the country. SCHEDULE: 9.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. Closed Tuesday. Entry S / 10. Telephone: (01) 433-2831. Facebook.

Andrés del Castillo Museum, Knowing Lima, Museums Lima

Lima Museum of Art (MALI)

The historic Palacio de la Exposición (Paseo Colón 125), which houses the MALI, was built between 1871 and 1872 and is one of the most beautiful buildings in the eclectic architecture of Lima.

It was built as the site of the first great public exhibition of Peru, the "Great Exhibition of Arts, Sciences and Industries", to celebrate the first 50 years of Independence. Its neo-renaissance design is attributed to the Italian architect Antonio Leonardi and the iron columns are attributed to the Eiffel house.

At present it’s home to a large number of exhibitions: Pre-Columbian art; Colonial art; XIX century; Twentieth century; Contemporary art; textils; Colonial and republican silverware; Drawing and ‘costumbrismo’; And photography. You can visit it website to know their latest exhibitions and upcoming events. SCHEDULE: 10.00 a 17.00. Wednesday closed. Free entrance. Phone: (01) 423-6332. Facebook.

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Museum of Peruvian Culture

This museum is located on Avenida Alfonso Ugarte 650. Its purpose is to show the evolution of Peruvian cultural processes from pre-Hispanic times to the present. Its facade dates from 1946 and is of indigenist character.

Inside we can visit the most important collection of popular and ethnographic art of Peru, with a great variety of Ayacucho altarpieces, ceramics, imagery, silverware and textiles.

This museum belonging to the Ministry of Culture and offers workshops of Peruvian culture as embroidery of the valley of Mantaro (in the mountain range of the country); Peruvian waistband, guitar and charango, northern marinera (country flag dance), tinplate crafts, among others. SCHEDULE: Tue-Fri 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sat 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. S / 4 input; Children S / 1. Telephone: (01) 423-5892. Facebook.

Museum of the Peruvian Culture, Knowing Lima, Museums Lima

Italian Art Museum

This museum located on Paseo de la Republica 250 was a gift from the Italian community to the Peruvian state for the Centennial of Independence of Peru on November 11, 1923.

The building, in Neo-Renaissance style and with Venetian mosaics on the outer walls, has bronze and marble sculptures, as well as ceramics and paintings by some 120 Italian artists from the early 20th century. SCHEDULE: Mon-Fri 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Entrance S / 5, children S / 1. Telephone: (01) 423-9932. Facebook.

Italian Art Museum, Knowing Lima, Museums Lima

Cemetery Presbítero Maestro Museum

Located in the Jirón Ancash 1611-Barrios Altos, outside the city, this cemetery converted into a museum dates back to 1807. After the earthquake of 1746 that decimated to 10% the population of Lima, and the plague of smallpox of 1801, was proposed the Construction of this space for the rest of the inhabitants, who were traditionally buried in catacombs such as San Francisco.

General José de San Martín, established in October of 1821 the prohibition of using the churches for the burials, reason why the Cemetery enters a new stage of development.

In this space are hundreds of mausoleums, sculptures and monuments of refined architecture that give rest to great part of the majors personages of the Peruvian history. The cemetery possessed three types of burials: graves, niches and ossuary.

The graves were used for distinguished people, the niches for the elite and the ossuary for the other members of the society of the time. In the Crypt of the Heroes are the men and women who wrote -for their importance- the history of Peru. The Pantheon of Heroes is dedicated to the heroes of the Pacific War (1879-1883) which face Chile and Peru.

Currently, the Public Benefit of Lima offers guided twice-a-month guided visits, called "Full Moon Nights", which tells the story of the illustrious characters who are buried there.

There are other tour operators who make these guided tours, although we would like to dedicate a post to this experience later. SCHEDULE: Mon-Sun 8.00 a.m. to 6.00 pm General Cemetery.
Entrance to the Crypt of the Heroes S / 35 previous notice to the Museum Cemetery. Entry to Chambers S / 10 each. Phone: (01) 328-0241. Guided tours Mon-Sat from 9.00 to 14.30, adults S / 7, children S / 2. With additional S / 50 guide. Phone: (01) 385-2117. Full Moon Nights Guide. Second and fourth Thursday of each month, first and third Saturday of each month. Adults S / 20, children S / 10. Tour schedule: 19.00 to 22.00. Ticket sales and departure: Jirón Puno 228, Cercado de Lima. Phone: (01) 427-3798. Facebook.

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Ethnographic Museum of Pío Aza Cultural Center

In this last commentary of this museum in the Historic Center of Lima, we want to make a leap from the history of the Lima viceroyalty to the history of the Peruvian jungle in the south of the country.

The center, which belongs to the Dominican Fathers' Congregation, is located in the so-called "Casa de los Pianos" in Jiron Callao 562, a building dating back to the 19th century and rebuilt in the 90's to accommodate the center.

In its interior we find a thousand pieces among photographs, textiles, paintings, objects, which daily use the native peoples of the south of the Peruvian Amazon - such as the Ashaninkas or Matsigengas - and serve as a sample to give an idea of their way of life and their customs.

The Ethnographic Museum was reopened in 2003. The center also has a library of Amazonian studies for those interested in learning more about the different ethnic groups in the south of the country. SCHEDULE: Mon-Fri 9.00 a 17.00. Entrance S / 2, children S / 1. Telephone: (01) 331-0771. Facebook.

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In the next post we will see some of the colonial houses that may surprise us and often we found among the streets of the city center.

April 2017
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domingo, 23 de abril de 2017

Discovering Lima, Historical Center & Religious Buildings (II)

When in 1535, the spaniard conqueror Francisco Pizarro founded Lima (known as the City of Kings), he could not even imagine that the city inhabited by some 200,000 indians would now come to have more than 8.5 million habitants.

The second largest city built in a desert (after Cairo) houses an amalgam of cultures ranging from Asian (Chinese and Japanese), mixed race, afro-peruvian, the european, or the indigenous. undoubtedly such a mixture of blood had to have its influence in the peruvian gastronomy, although that is a subject that we will touch later.

As a curiosity, etymologically the word Lima comes from an erroneous derivation that the spaniards gave to the Rimac River (in quechua Speaker River), that passes by the city and named by the noise that produced its waters against the rocks.

To be honest, the city of Lima is not a pretty city. More like habitants of this great city, we would say that it is an unfriendly city (with all respect for the timid attempts of reconstruction of the historic area and reviving cultural life).

The internal conflict in the 80's between the Peruvian Army and the subversive group Sendero Luminoso (Shining Path) produced a great migration from the mountains to the capital, that made the city grow from 600 thousand habitants to 8.5 millons currently.

The first thing that a visitor can appreciate to get to Lima is the chaos: sound of horns, shouts, infernal traffic especially in rush hour (8.00 am and 6:00 pm), street vendors in various parts  around of the city, etc.

Knowing Lima, Historical Center, Religious Buildings (II)

For security reasons the progress of the districts of Rímac, La Victoria, Callao, Comas, Los Olivos, San Juan de Lurigancho, Villa El Salvador, El Agustino or Vitarte.

HISTORICAL CENTER

The historical center of Lima is the X in the map that the spaniards drew and from where the old capital of the viceroyalty began to expand. The Main Square (Plaza de Armas) has the most emblematic buildings of the city such as the Archbishop's Palace (dating from 1924) and has beautiful wooden moorish balconies.

The Government Palace, with a baroque style is the residence of the president of the Republic of Peru; or the Cathedral of Lima. In the Government Palace at 12.00 pm each day, the change of guard is performed, in which the band soldiers play marching songs ranging from El Condor pasa ( The Condor passes) to Billy Jean, or the Imperial March, from Star Wars.

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LIMA CATHEDRAL 

Is annexed to the Episcopal Palace and was erected on the first church that Pizarro had built in the city.  Admission costs S / 10 at times from 9.00-17.00 Mon-Fri; 10.00-13.00 Sat. Tlf: (01) 4279647. In the cathedral are the remains of Pizarro in a chapel covered with mosaic.

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A series of studies suggest by authentic the rest of the founder of Lima that were in the crypt. Francisco Pizarro was stabbed to death by the almagrists on June 26, 1541.In the box of lead that keeps his remains you can read: "Here lies the head of the knight Marquis Don Francisco Pizarro, who discovered and won the kingdoms of Peru”.

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CHURCHES

Around the Plaza de Armas (Main Square) there are several churches and monasteries that date from the time of the colony and that are authentic works of art worth visiting. One of the most famous is the CHURCH OF SANTO DOMINGO, located in Camaná street 170, a few blocks from the Main Square.

Santo Domingo Church, knowing Lima, Lima city tour, Religious Buildings

In this convent San Martín de Porres, America's first black saint, spent much of his life and was also buried here. Also in this religious complex are the remains of Santa Rosa de Lima, first saint of America and Patroness of Lima. In Santo Domingo was also founded the University of San Marcos, the oldest university of Peru and America.

This complex is easily recognizable by the Tower of Santo Domingo, 46 meters high, with three white bodies and pink rococo style. In its dome is a statue of the Angel of Fame.Inside the convent stands the library, with about 25 thousand books, some of them of great documentary and artistic value. SCHEDULE: Mon-Sat 9.00-12.30 and 15.00-18.00; Sun 9 am to 1 pm). Free church entrance; Convent S / 5. Tel. (01) 427-6793.

SAN FRANCISCO MONASTERY

This church and monastery is another treasure of the historic center of the city. On the corner of Anchash and Lampa streets, the religious complex of baroque style stands out for the bright yellow color of its exterior walls.

Its main attraction is in the catacombs, which were the resting place for members of the brotherhoods and where can be observed piles of aligned bones (it is estimated that there are about 70 thousand graves). These were used for these purposes until the beginning of the 19th century.

In the Museum Room of San Francisco are shown 11 paintings of the Passion of Christ by Baroque artist Pedro Pablo Rubens; The refectory also exhibits 13 paintings of the life of Jacob and his twelve children, attributed to the study of the painter Francisco de Zurbarán.

Another of the jewels of this church is the moorish dome carved in nicaraguan cedar, dating from 1625 (And restored in 1969). SCHEDULE: Mon-Sun 9.00 to 17.30. General admission S / 10; Students S / 5; Children S / 1. Entrance includes guided tour. Phone: (01) 426-7377.

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LA MERCED BASILICA

This church was founded in 1535 by Fray Miguel de Orenes. It is located in the famous Jiron de la Unión (Union Street) adjacent to the Plaza de Armas and that for decades was the main commercial artery of the city of Lima.Its facade is of chirrigueresque style (late stage of the baroque) and is carved in granite of Panama.In it stands the image of the Virgin of the Mercedes in a niche.

After the earthquake of 1746 the church was restored and included, among other elements, Solomonic columns.

In its interior are a series of Baroque and Renaissance altarpieces carved in mahogany, considered authentic works of art of the viceregal period. A large silver cross belonging to the mercedarian priest Pedro Urraca, who died in Lima in 1657 at age 73, is located near the entrance and is the object of Pilgrimage for thousands of believers who come to ask for miracles for all kinds of ills and infertility. SCHEDULE: Mon-Sun 10.00 to 12.00 and 17.00 to 19.00. Free entrance. Phone: (01) 427-8199.


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LAS NAZARENAS CHURCH

Also located in the historic center of Lima (between the busy Tacna Avenue, Huancavelica and Chancay streets), we should not miss in our visit, the Sanctuary of the Nazarenes, a religious complex run by the Discalced Carmelite Nazarene Mothers and dedicated to the cult of the Señor de los Milagros (Lord of Miracles).

The Señor de los Milagros festival is the main Catholic celebration in Peru and one of the biggest processions in the world.

The story tells that here in 1651, under divine inspiration, an Angolan slave painted the image of Christ on the cross on an adobe wall. This sacred image was the center of the High Altar of the Sanctuary of the Nazarenes, the only one left standing miraculously after the earthquake that struck Lima on November 14, 1655.

Every October 18 is celebrated the central day of the procession of the Lord of Miracles, which attracts thousands of devotees of Peru and other parts of the Region. SCHEDULE: Mon-Sun 7.00 to 13.00 and 17.00 to 21.00. Free entrance. Phone: (01) 423-5718.

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OTHER CHURCHES OF THE HISTORICAL CENTER

Although in this post we have listed previously the main religious centers of the historical center of Lima,t is worth mentioning some others that may be of interest to the visitor. SANCTUARY OF SANTA ROSA DE LIMA. Very close to the Church of the Nazarenes (Tacna Avenue with Callao) was built next to the house where the cited patroness of Lima, America and the Philippines lived.

Inside this house-garden, you will find the well of desires, where every August 30 (day of the feast of the saint) thousands of devotees launch their petitions to receive their miracles. SCHEDULE: Mon-Sun 7:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.). Free entrance. Phone: (01) 425-1279.

SAN PEDRO CHURCH. Jesuit Temple located in Azángaro street with the fourth block of Ucayali street, in the center of Lima, just three blocks from the Plaza de Armas. Built around 1636 in imitation of the Church of the Heart of Jesusin Rome. Of Renaissance design, a work of the jesuit Martín de Aizpitarte, this church was the favorite of Lima aristocracy of XVIII century.

The facade is of baroque style and only opens its two side doors during Holy Week or other important festivities. It has in its interior 14 chapels with peruvian altarpieces and sculptures of Moorish style. Bartolomé Román built one of the oldest series of angels in America. SCHEDULE: Mon-Fri 8:30 AM to 1:00 PM and 2:00 PM. At 4:00 p.m.). Free entrance. Phone: (01) 428-3010.

CHURCH OF SAN AGUSTÍN

This church is located between the junction of the fourth block of Camaná street and the second block of Ica (San Agustin Street). Founded in July 1574 by the archbishop of Lima, Jeronimo de Loayza, since its inauguration, the site went through several reconstructions, one of them after the earthquake of 1687.

In 1701 began the construction of its main front, churrigueresque style, which has 10 niches of diferent saints images, with the statue of St. Augustine treading on two heretics as the main image.

In the corridor of the sacristy we can observe the most significant wood sculpture of the enclosure, the work of the mestizo sculptor Baltasar Gavilán, called "La muerte".

Legend says that after receiving the congratulations of the religious of the order, Don Baltasar got drunk and woke up at midnight in his home and see his creation, screamed and went crazy, dying that same night.

The work is usually exhibited in other exhibitions, so it is advisable to call beforehand. SCHEDULE: Mon-Fri 8.00 to 9.00 and 14.30 to 19.30. Free entrance. Phone: (01) 427-7548.

In this post we have focused on the colonial religious history of the city of Lima. In the next post we will see other places of interest and some routes that we can do in the center of the City of Kings. We still have a lot to see!

Esteban García, Peru Travels Blog
April 2017
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miércoles, 12 de abril de 2017

To know Lima, the City of the Kings (I. Arrival)

In this post we arrived at our first destination in Peru. Lima.

Lima is usually a place of passage for travelers who are going - mainly - to visit Cusco and the famous city of Machu Picchu, on the one hand; and the peruvian jungle and Iquitos, on the other hand. So, If you are interested about the city of Lima, we will give you some recommendations to visit this historical city known  as "The City of Kings" (called by this way in order to have been governed under the Crown of Charles V and the authority of the Viceroy or, according to another hypothesis, have been founded the day of the Descent of Kings, January 6, 1535).

Arrival at Jorge Chavez International Airport. When you land in Lima, if you have not hired a tour in advance, beware of the ripoff of unsafe taxis. There are safe companies such as CMV Servicio Ejecutivo, Mitsu Perú or Taxi Green Airport, although the service may exceed S / 100. The normal can be paid by S / 40 and S / 45 (about 12 €) for a journey to San Isidro- Miraflores-Barranco. To do this, you can walk a little and pass the first row of taxi drivers who are trying to "pull" you and only pay the price of S / 45.

A good option that starts operating on April 1, 2017, is the official bus company of the airport "Airport Express Lima", which costs US $ 8 (€ 7.50). A direct route to the District of Miraflores. Payment can be made in advance through their website or inside of the vehicle.


Airport Express Lima

SECURITY

You'll be wondering how safe Lima is to get around. We will not say in this blog that Lima is a safe city because we would be lying to our readers, nevertheless we will use the topical theme that warns: Lima is insecure depends on what circumstances. The tourist places of Miraflores, Barranco, San Isidro and the Historical Center are very guarded. Otherwise we recommend 'consistency' when visiting the city. With this we refer to:

  • Do not display ostentatious jewelry or luxury accessories.
  • Do not display our camera or mobile phone at all times while we do not use them.
  • Try not to look like we are completely lost. Showing confidence is always a good measure to avoid trying to take advantage of us.
  • Definitely, try not to be very flashy.

One thing that many people ask is: Are the street taxis safes in Lima? I repeat what I said above. They do not have to be insecure, although I have heard of stories (especially at night) where taxi drivers sleep passengers with some sort of anesthetizing to leave them to the outskirts without money or documents. 

If you want to move around Lima safely by taxi I recommend two applications for the mobile: Easy Taxi and Uber. After ordering by mobile, the taxi should arrive in less than 5 minutes. The fare will be slightly higher than that offered by street taxi drivers (which is by haggling, taximeters do not exist), but offers total security. The fare of these companies are usually about S / 5 higher than those offered by street taxi drivers (about US$ 1,25).

WHAT DO I TAKE TO LIMA?

In Lima it makes good weather all year. As we said in the previous post, the average annual maximum temperature is around 22 ºC (71,6 ºF) and the minimum temperature is around 17 ºC (62,6 ºF). So if you come between November and April it will suffice with short-sleeved T-shirt, swimsuits, sun protection and sunglasses. Although sometimes the day may be cloudy. The sun  is quite treacherous. From April begins the famous gray sky of Lima and will not see the sun in another 7 months.


Lima City of the Kings

CHANGE MONEY IN PERU

If you ran out of time do not worry. In Peru it is very easy that you can change money in any of the exchange houses that you will see in the street or going to ask the money changers that you will see with green vest  in several tourists points of the city.

These money changers are safes and reliables, but we highly recommend to count the bills you are going to change and check the return they give you. Usually both in the exchange houses and through the money changers, you will find the same exchange rate. In the previous post we also give recommendations for you to know the exchange rate and use some of the converters that currently exist on the Internet.

In the next post we will begin to give you more specific information about what to visit and where to stay in the city of Lima.

Esteban, Peru Travels Blog
Lima, April 2017
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martes, 11 de abril de 2017

Arriving in Peru / Vaccines / Recommendations

Aware of the complexity of describing a country as extensive and multicultural as Peru, we will try to offer in this post - succinctly - some generic data of interest that may be useful before starting our trip.

Peru has three distinct areas: Coast, Andean Mountain Ranges , and Amazon (the latter represents 60% of the national territory). Bathed by the Pacific Ocean, it borders the north with Ecuador and Colombia, with Brazil to the east, and Bolivia and Chile to the southwest.

The great variety of climates allows to have a large number of natural resources and supplies for its renowned gastronomy. For example: Peru has 28 different types of climates and up to a total of 84 of 104 microclimates. The country is also the richest in the world in marine resources, and its sea bathes 900 thousand km2.

WHICH VACCINES DO I NEED?

Peru is located in the South American tropics and the diseases that occur in the warm part of the country are comparable with those of the African or Asian tropics, especially those coming from mosquito bites such as malaria, yellow fever and dengue fever. 

If you are traveling to a destination in the Peruvian Amazon or surroundings (Loreto, Madre de Dios, San Martín, Ucayali, Amazonas and Junín jungle, Ayacucho, Cajamarca, Pasco, Puno, Huánuco or Huancavelica) we recommend to vaccinate between four and eight weeks before initiating the trip, because the immunity of the compound begins to function at least after 10 days. 

Do not make the classic mistake - as in the case of the person who writes you - of vaccinating you in Lima a week before you travel. If you are in a hurry, you can vaccinate at the Jorge Chavez airport for S / 84(26 USD). If you have time, you can get vaccinated in Lima at these centers for free. www.minsa.gob.pe/portada/Especiales/2016/fiebre_amarilla/

When vaccinating in your home country, the United States has an international vaccination certificate, which can be used for administrative fines. They never asked me for it in the affected by malaria or dengue areas, but it would be good to have it as a precaution. The validity is 10 years.


International Certificate of Vaccination, Vaccines Peru

CURRENCY EXCHANGE IN PERU

The Peruvian currency was renamed since mid-December 2015 from "Nuevo Sol" to simply "Sol" (S / o PEN). The current exchange rate for today (April 11, 2017) is S / 3.26 with respect to the US Dollar and S / 3.25 with respect to the Euro. Check the exchange rate on the official website of the Central Reserve Bank of Peru (BCR): www.bcrp.gob.pe  or online converters such as themoneyconverter.com.

TRAVEL INSURANCE

When traveling, you can purchase travel insurances that covers loss, theft, casual accidents or illnes, some of them with 24-hour phones that can help with any inconvenience. Let's look at the small print, as some of them do not cover activities such as diving, motorcycling or hiking. Some companies like STA Travel offer polices with good value for money.

HOLIDAYS IN PERU

Something to keep in mind is that on holidays banks, offices and many of the attractions, will be closed, so it will be good to look at these dates in advance. The most important is July 28, Independence Day, that if it closes on Thursday it will be closed until monday. These are the most important:

New Year (January 1)
Holy Friday (March / April)
Labor Day (May 1)
Inti Raymi or “Sun party” (June 24)
St. Peter and St. Paul (June 29)
Independence Day (July 28)
Saint Rose of Lima (August 30)
Angamos Combat (October 8)
All Saints Day (November 1st)
The Immaculate Conception (December 8)
Christmas (December 25th)

WEATHER

When preparing the suitcase and depending on the destination we are going to visit we must take into account certain considerations. The climate in the city of Lima is mild throughout the year due to its proximity to the Pacific coast. 


Weather of Peru

The average annual maximum temperature is around 22 ° C and the minimum temperature is around 17 ° C. Lima sky is called Donkey Belly because it is usually cloudy almost all the year with that gray so characteristic that distinguishes it. You can only see the sun well during the summer months (from December to April).

Entering the Peruvian Mountain Ranges we can find different climates depending on the altitude. With low temperatures and frost that can reach -0 ° C.

The Peruvian Amazon, on the other hand, usually has high temperatures classic of the humid tropical forest, with an average that surpasses the 27 ºC and little variation between the temperatures of the day and the night. We can divide this climate into four cycles: Rainy cycle (Feb, Mar, Apr, and May); Semi dry cycle (Jun, jul, and agos); Dry cycle (Sep, Oct, and Nov); And Semi rainy cycle (dic, and ener).

In the next post we will describe in depth the different regions of Peru and offer a list with the indispensable items that you must bring.

Esteban, Peru Travels Blog
Lima, April 2017
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lunes, 3 de abril de 2017

Peru Travels Blog: Our Adventure Begins!

Greetings to all, dear travelers! The idea of ​​this blog arises to answer all the concerns of foreign visitors who come to spend a few days in Peru or who already reside here. From which are the best destinations according to the days of stay in the country, to the most awarded restaurants to enjoy one of the best gastronomy in the world, passing by tips or recommendations to discover the most economical accommodations. 

For this, we will be updating weekly this blog with data and curiosities that can help you. The editors of this blog are two young peruvian residents in this fantastic country who know well the more and the less tourists attractions and corners that are worth to visit.

In addition to travels and routes, we want to take advantage of this digital space to enhance the Peruvian culture: photography, sports, music, dancing ... We hope to become the most complete blog about travel and general information about this country that is the country of The Cultures and, as the Peruvian Jose Maria Arguedas said, the country of all the bloods.

Esteban, Peru Travels Blog
April 2017