We got good advice

Anna, the proprietor of the little B&B, handed us a tourist map and drew a triangle with her bold, yellow marker for (what she considered) the perfect walking path in Miraflores. We’d been so busy in Ecuador with our friends’ visit, we’d had no time to prepare for this, our first stop in Peru. So, we studied her map and took off down the street, heading for the ocean.

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Ah, the sea! The grey-tinged Pacific Ocean is a shade darker than the sky. The bright green cliffs gave the coast its only bright color.

In the distance we saw a photographer on a small rise of ground, intent on taking many photos. When we got closer, we could see many pedestrians circling an elevated sculpture.

The sculpture, “El Beso” (The Kiss), is in Parque del Amor (Park of Love). The couple kissing are the sculptor, Victor Delfin, and his wife. We did as the photographer did and took many photos.

The sculpture, “El Beso” (The Kiss), is in Parque del Amor (Park of Love). The couple kissing are the sculptor, Victor Delfin, and his wife. We did as the photographer did and took many photos.

The next morning at breakfast, Anna checked with us about our plans for the day. She suggested we walk over to Huaca Pucllana.

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We had never heard of Huaca Pucllana, a pyramid of bricks rising up in the heart of urban Miraflores.

We had come to Peru to see many Inca ruins, but this structure was built a thousand years before those by the Lima Culture. The structure dates back to between 200 – 700 C.E.

Taking a tour and climbing to the higher levels of the pyramid is the only way to appreciate the vast expanse of the complex.

Taking a tour and climbing to the higher levels of the pyramid is the only way to appreciate the vast expanse of the complex.

Archaeologists continue to work on a large section of the complex.

Archaeologists continue to work on a large section of the complex.

We’d stayed so long at Huaca Pucllana that we knew our next destination had to be lunch. We’d read rave reviews of La Mar, a seafood restaurant, which wasn’t far away.

La Mar was crowded so we offered to take seats at the bar.   We were perfectly positioned to watch some of the chefs at work – and EuroCup soccer on the TV.

La Mar was crowded so we offered to take seats at the bar.   We were perfectly positioned to watch some of the chefs at work – and EuroCup soccer on the TV.

Our meal at La Mar was truly memorable, as was our visit to Huaca Pucllana. We followed good advice when we went to both!

 

July 2016

 

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2 Responses to We got good advice

  1. Wow. Sounds like a perfect day. I want to be there!

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