We had planned to be in Lima for 10 days, and it seemed a trip into the Historic Centre should be on our agenda. This area dates back to the early days of Lima, founded in 1535. It’s one of the best-preserved districts from the era of Spanish rule, deserving its designation as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Of course, we’d also read all the warnings about Lima: beware of thieves and dishonest taxi drivers.
We avoided taxis when we discovered the Lima Metro – with a station not far from our B&B. When we arrived at Plaza Mayor, the view seemed a little unreal. The historic 16th Century buildings were perfectly grand. Many Peruvians were seated in the plaza, enjoying the afternoon.
We entered the Cathedral of Lima, dating back to 1538.
Francisco Pizarro, Spanish Conquistador, led two failed attempts to bring down the Inca Empire in 1524 and 1526 in his quest for riches. Within ten years, on his third attempt, he had mercilessly conquered the Incas. A few years later, a Spanish rival’s son assassinated Pizarro in Lima.
We’d tried to find a nice restaurant in the area on tripadvisor and nothing stood out as a very good option. Well, all we can say is that not every meal can be a great one. The meal we had that day was our worst in Lima. We consoled ourselves that – at least for now – we had the worst behind us. Maybe it was time to head back to our B&B in Miraflores.
Time for us to exit, too.