Monday, February 18, 2013

A Look at Lima, Peru

As I shared in an earlier post, in December I flew straight from Honduras to Lima, Peru for a family wedding of some very good friends and faithful benefactors. Lima is a modern city with rich Catholic, Spanish colonial and indigenous Inca roots. It is perched on a cliff overlooking the Pacific ocean on the edge of a desert that runs right up to the coast. I had the chance to see some of the sights of the city and even make an excursion to the agricultural areas north of Lima.

Lima, from the southern side of the city.

A gigantic statue of Christ overlooking the poor barrios on the city´s expanding southern edge.

The name of this restaurant is, "The Friar's Leap."

The cathedral and the Plaza de Armas.

A beautiful government building with wooden window balconies in downtown Lima.

A statue of St. Martin de Porres in front of his family home (above). Just across the courtyard is the church of St. Rose of Lima (below), built on the site of her family home; her tomb is at the base of the rear high altar.

A beautiful park on the edge of the cliff overlooking the ocean (above)
where paragliders (below) take off and land on the breezes that rise from the sea.

One of the beautiful and amazing sites in downtown Lima is the water fountain park, where there are many different sizes and shapes of fountains, illuminated at night. Some have changing lights and shapes.

The water fountain tunnel:

The labyrinth, where supposedly someone is able to make it to the middle and back out again without getting wet, if close attention is paid to the changing pattern of spouting water. 

The nightly laser projection show on the central fountain:

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