Thursday, May 10, 2012

Revealing PERUVIAN Charms

Balcony prominent in the old city of Lima

Executive Summary by darmansjah

PERU may not be the main country in your wish list. Though this country has a variety of natural charm and culture are very interesting to be traced. During a visit to one country in South America, Wahyuni Kamah find a variety of unique side of State that is identical to the Inca tribe.

For most of Indonesia, Peru, including a foreign country. Not only because it was so far away from Indonesia in the south American continent, but also the interaction that exists between the two countries is not much known to the people of both countries. In fact, Peru and Indonesia have in terms of reciprocal visa policy. Visitors from Indonesia is not subject to a visa when visiting Peru, and vice versa. Of course, my facility is not wasted. So, when I was in Washington, D.C. I also took time to fly to Lima, capital of Peru.

During this time, to my mind, Peru only synonymous with the heritage of the ruling Inca Empire from the 13th century up to 16th in the areas now the State of Ecuador, Chile, partly Argentina, and Peru. However, my eleven-day trip to some ktoa in Peru gives the impression of greater depth about the culture, people, and their lives.

"Donde esta, Usted?," Ask the immigration officer at the international airport when I handed over my passport for inspection. "Indonesia," I replied. English is not valid in the State, led by President Alan Garcia's. Have the ability to speak Spanish is very supportive when traveling to countries in South America, not least the official language of Peru is Spanish.

The town is situated on the shores of the Pacific Ocean is home to approximately 7 million inhabitants. Jorge Cahvez International Airport is located a bit outside the city of Lima. To reach the downtown area, the taxi I was riding through the mill and also the fact that slum areas. Like other big cities in the world, many major roads in Lima filled with motor vehicles, buses, private cars, taxis, and minibuses. Motor is not so much found.

 parks in Miraflores

Looking for lodging in Lima valuable tilt tricky because the only reference that I get comes from TripAdvisor. Almost all the inns are referenced in
Miraflores. This area is a tourist area in the center of town. In many there peninapan Miraflores, restaurants, shops and travel agencies. Somehow, I ended up stranded on a bed and breakfast in Barranco, a bohemian district in Lima who also did not far from downtown. One Hostel, where I spend the night, managed by a young girl Melissa Hispanic Peru a very nimble and also instrumental in providing travel information on Peru. Bed and breakfast is pretty groomed, clean, quiet, and safe. There are several rooms with single beds, for which come in a group or individual. Melissa also provides a breakfast of bread, tea, and coffee. With a price of $ 12 per night, I feel very fortunate to find One Hostel.

 car-free zones in Puno

The next day, I started down the city of Lima. To further investigate the daily life and hone Spanish skills, I was riding a public bus was accompanied by my friend Angel, a resident of Lima. It turns out the city bus is the cheapest way to watch the city that never twisted devastating earthquake in 1746 demolished it. City bus in Lima did not fancy, but quite clean and orderly. Highway in the middle of the city field and trails for pedestrians is always available. Thus, although busy, Lima stay organized. The town is located in the arid desert is indeed available but in some corners of the city or region spacious green park complete with benches and children's toys, where people unwind and relax. Park is not the luxurious facilities in this multiethnic city. One of the lush gardens, clean, and beautifully situated in Miraflores, which is supervised by the tourist police to maintain security of tourists.

street in the old town area of ​​Lima's neat

Far from my thoughts turned out to Lima is a very large metropolitan cities and crowded. The city wasofficially  established on 18 January 1535 by
Francisco Pizarro, a Spanish explorer, when the Incas ruleover the region ended.

In this city the highway divides the city with buildings towering office buildings. My picture of Peru as acountry will grow somewhat vanished when the scene was witnessed at the San Isidiro, business and officearea neat.

Any tourists who visit Lima will not miss the Old Town area defined as a Unesco World Heritage in 1988. The area is located in the middle of my city of surplus takes about 45 minutes by public transport of
Barranco, where I live.  Lima Old Town area is amazing. I felt a strong European aroma in it when down the road blocks in the region. Old Town became aware that tourism assets, the people and government of Lima so keep it clean and care for colonial buildings. The streets here look clean no matter how busy the restaurant business, café, or even a small printing that are around there.

road at the Piaza de Armas of Puno

Area that is always bustling Plaza de Armas. In this square there is the majestic Presidential Palace. Every morning, the Palace held a change of guards ceremony and be an excellent tourist spectacle. Near thepalace, there is the Cathedral of Lima which was built in 1535 and the Diocese of five buildings. Anotherinteresting relics are the buildings with a balcony that juts out of the way. That said, there are 1600 suchbalcony in the Old City area of Lima, which in part are being restored. In Lima there are lots ofcathedrals and church relics Spanish colonizers. This is not surprising because the majority of Peruvians areRoman Catholics. Once satisfied exploring the Old Town, and Angel my back foot, this time we stopped at the market area. Traditional fresh market in Lima orderly and clean condition. Its stalls are divided based on the material sold, there is a special block for fruits, vegetables, and fish. Ah, Lima has been far ahead in the management of traditional markets. Not from there, there is a wholesale market selling everything fromnotebooks to the purposes of textiles and home furnishings, similar Jatinegara market in East Jakarta. Again,though crowded stay organized and do not wallow in trash.
 Plaza de Armas of Puno

presidential palace in Lima

  traditional reed boat on Lake Titicaca Uros

Suddenly, the Angel took me to Chinatown which is said not far from the wholesale market. I frowned. Chinatown in Lima something special for me. I'm curious too. Chinatown in Lima, known as Barrio de Chino is a business area consisting of shops and restaurants. A gate marks the entrance of this area. At first glance like a new shopping center market in Jakarta. But, again, is much more clean, groomed, and free of motor vehicles. However, unlike the Chinatown in Lima's Chinatown in the United States is widespread. Most people come to Lima in Barrio de Chino to see their luck in the stalls scattered horoscope there. Another thing that also should not be missed when in this area is to eat at Chifas, a Chinese restaurant that provides cuisine that has been modified to local tastes. Restaurant owners and waiters Peru Chinese people who are a little difficult for me to distinguish the people of Peru. There are various menus on offer. I chose a kind of fried rice, as suggested Angel. It was quite delicious and the portions are very large. In addition, I try to drink Inca Kola, a typical Peruvian soft drinks.

 Plaza de Armas in Peru.

wholesale market area of ​​Lima


Barrio Chino de Lima are clean and neat

Towards evening, Angel invited me to visit the
Cerro San Cristobal (St. Christopher hill) located in the Rimac. There is a mini foam special tours to this area which is usually used local tourists. Travel to the hill of San Cristobal is very interesting to me, because can see first hand the other face of Lima. We passed through the lower middle class neighborhood, with different sight than the area of ​​Miraflores, Barranco and San Isidiro a fairly luxurious. In it there is a dense residential houses rocky simple, and close to one another, so no page. But there's one major hallmark that distinguishes residential area in Jakarta that cleanliness is maintained.

 small children in colorful traditional dress holding a lamb in his arms

On the way, and guide tells about the history of San Cristobal hill. In CE 1536, in opposition, a local soldier has always failed in attacking the Spanish conquistadors led by Francisco Pizarro because of blocked by the river rimac. Spanish colonizers when it believes that it is because of the strength of San Cristobal who became the patron saint of the day-to-day assault. Furthermore, the Spaniards built a church and a large cross on top. From the top of the hill, the overall view of Lima can be seen clearly if not obstructed by the fog. Fog is an everyday occurrence that naturally in Lima, because it is situated directly on the shores of the Pacific Ocean.

  Peruvian city of San Cristobal hill

Once satisfied to see the City of Lima, I intend to go back to the guesthouse by taxi. Taxis in Lima does not have a meter so there should be negotiations first with the driver before boarding. Separately it is necessary that local people know the standard price of a taxi, because after all strangers are always subjected to a more expensive price. In terms of appearance, a taxi in Lima are generally comparable to the lower tariff class taxi in Jakarta.

Barrio Chino de Lima

If I look at the Lima metropolitan city with a multiethnic population, my trip to
Puno, a small town in the southeastern highlands of Peru showed a very different atmosphere: the traditional, village and away from the crowds. Foreign tourists come to this area to see Titicaca, the highest lake in the world that can be forded, or to continue the journey to Bolivia by land. Peru's borders with Bolivia in the south east.

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