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Turistic Guide

 

 

Hotel Santa is pleased to introduce a small tourist guide of the district of Miraflores and of course of the department of Lima. In it, you can learn all the touristic spots not to miss on your stay in the capital of Peru and also we add the distance from our hotel so that you may realize our great location in the most visited district in Lima.

 

 
 
 

MIRAFLORES

 

Huaca Pucllana o Juliana

Gen. Borgoño cdra. 8 s / n (Altura cdra. 4 Av. Angamos Oeste o altura cdra. 45 Av. Arequipa). Fax: (511) 445-8695. Visits: Wed -Mon 9:00 to 5:00. Distance from Hotel: 1km (0.6 miles) Website: http://pucllana.perucultural.org.pe  Preincan construction build with pyramid-shaped bricks. It was one of the most important administrative ceremonial centers of the Lima culture. Sometimes events and shows take place. There is a museum site that set out various pieces found in excavations.

 

Amano MUSEUM

Calle Retiro Nº 160. Tel: (511) 441-2909 / 222-5827 / 442-1007. Visits: By appointment. Distance from Hotel: 0.2km (0.1 miles). Has a selected collection of archaeological pieces like pottery, from Kotosh, Moche, Chimu and Nasca Cupisnique cultures, among others. Other highlights are the collection of pre-Hispanic textiles on display in chronological order, outstanding among parts of the Chancay culture (Central Coast).

 

Enrico Poli MUSEUM

Av. Lord Cochrane Nº 466. Tel: (511) 422-2437. Visits: By appointment. Distance from Hotel: 0.8km (0.4 miles) Private collection which displays pre-Columbian and colonial objects made of gold and silver.

 

Larcomar SHOPPING CENTER

Avenida Malecón de la Reserva No. 610 Website: http://www.larcomar.com Distance from Hotel: 2 km (1.2 miles)

Shopping and leisure at the end of Avenida Larco, the edge of the cliffs and a beautiful ocean view. The view from the rails allow us to see the beaches and the sea. On sunny days it will be a place frequented by the Lima and tourists. Ideal for meeting people, going to night clubs, bowling or catch a movie. It is one of the places with more security in Lima.

LIMA

 

Plaza Mayor OF Lima

It was the center of the old colonial city. In the middle is a beautiful bronze fountain of the seventeenth century. Catedral de Lima Plaza Mayor de Lima. Tel: (511) 427-9647.Visits: Mon - Sat 9:00 to 4:30. It occupies the same place where the first church of Lima was. You can also visit the Museum of Religious Art, which has an important collection of paintings, sculptures, chalices and vestments.

 

GOBERMENT PALACE

Plaza Mayor de Lima. Tel: (511) 311-3908. Visits: Mon - Fri 8:30 to 1:00 / 2:00 to 5:00. It was the residence of Francisco Pizarro (1535). Since then, the place is the center of political power in Peru. It has many courtyards and rooms dedicated to illustrious characters of Peruvian history and carefully decorated with striking artwork. Daily, at 11.45 hours, the Courtyard is the scene of the changing of the guard in charge of the glorious Battalion Húsares de Junín.

 

San Francisco church and convent

Jr. Ancash cdra. 3. Tel: (511) 427-1381, Annex 111. Visits: Mon - Sun 9:30 to 5:30. XVII century architectural complex. Includes the church, the convent and the square. The main facade of the temple was carved in stone and is known for its Corinthian columns. The facade features a cornice open arches, which shows the Immaculate Conception. The area of the cloister, decorated with tiles, houses the Museum of Colonial Art. In addition, you can visit the Catacombs (subterranean galleries) that served as a cemetery during colonial times.

 

Presbítero Matías Maestro cementery

Jr. Ancash s/n, cuadras 16-20. Visits: Mon - Fri 8:00 to 18:00. Guided evening tours are offered on the last Thursday of each month (except December). Tel: (511) 385-2084 / 385-2117 (Annex 233). It was the first cemetery in the city of Lima. Opened in 1808 by the Viceroy Abascal. It has more than 766 neo-classical mausoleums, which include statues and sculptures inspired by figures of saints and the theological virtues.

 

park ofthe great wall

Jr. Amazonas cdra. 1 (Altura cdra. 1 Jr. Abancay). Visits: Mon - Sun 8:00 to 22:00. Free admission. It houses a restored portion of the ancient wall that encircled Lima and was built in the seventeenth century to protect it from pirates and enemy attacks from the Spanish crown.

 

La Merced church and convent

Jr. De la Union No. 621. Tel: (511) 427-8199. Visits: Mon - Sun 8:00 -12:00 / 16:00 - 20:00 hrs. Colonial architectural complex of XVI century. The church retains the granite façade dating from 1687. Inside the chapel is also of Fray Pedro Urraca and the rough wooden cross, according to the stories he used to escape from the devil.

 

Aliaga house

Jr. Union No. 224. Tel (511) 427-7736. Visits: Mon - Sun 9:30 to 16:00. The main facade has a balcony of the Republican era. They emphasize their yards, the first Italian marbled nineteenth century and the second adorned with an ancient bronze fountain.

 

San Pedro church

Jr. Ucayali N º 451. Tel: (511) 428-3017. Visits: Mon - Sun 9:30 to 11:45 / 5:00 p.m. to 18:00. Dated from 1636. Its plan was inspired by the Jesuit headquarters in Rome and has three naves. Noted for its magnificent altarpieces Churrigueresque style and all the space of the ships seems to be cornered by paintings and tiles.

 

tower palace

Tagle Jr. Ucayali N º 323. Tel: (511) 311-2400 / 311-2769. Visits: After coordination with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It’s considered one of the best examples of residential architecture of eighteenth century Lima. They emphasize its carved wooden balconies, the Baroque chapel decorated with mirrors and colonial paintings and carefully carved in stone cover.

 

Santo Domingo church and convent

Intersección de los jirones Conde de Superunda y Camaná Tel: (511) 427-6793. Visits: Mon - Sat 9:00 to 12:30 and 15:00-18:00; Sun. and holidays 9:00 to 13:00. Hall church in which highlights the dome and a beautiful choir stalls, carved in cedar. The convent walls are decorated with tiles from Seville and in the chapter room you can appreciate house baroque carvings.

 

Santa Rosa de Lima church and convent

Av. Tacna cuadra 1, four blocks from the Plaza Mayor. Tel: (511) 425-1279. Visits Mon -Sun 9:00-13:00 and 15:00-18:00. It was built between the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries by the house where Santa Rosa de Lima, patron saint of Lima, the Americas and the Philippines, was born and lived.

 

Nazarenas church

Intersección del Jr. Huancavelica y la Av. Tacna. Tel: (511) 423-5718. Visits: Mon-Sun 7:00 to 12:00 and 16:00 to 8:30p.m. Built in the second half of the eighteenth century on the former grounds of the colonial district of Pachacamilla. Inside, as an urn, is the image of the Lord of Miracles, painted in oil on a rough wall of adobe. According to tradition, in the seventeenth century the image of Christ was painted by a black slave. This was the only wall that remained standing after the earthquakes of 1655, 1687 and 1746. Each October a massive procession of the replica of the statue of Cristo Morado, as it is called, goes through the streets of the city of Lima.

 

Park of the exposition

Intersección de las avenidas 28 de Julio y Garcilaso de la Vega. Tel: (511) 423-0133. Visitas: L-D 9:00-20:00. Página web: www.emilima.com.pe Alberga monumentos que datan de las celebraciones del centenario de la independencia, como el Pabellón Morisco, el Sismógrafo, la Fuente China, el Jardín Botánico y el Jardín Japonés. Ofrece también lugares dedicados al entretenimiento y las artes escénicas, como la Isla de Títeres, el Teatro Abierto y el Teatro La Cabaña.

 

china town

Jr. Paruro, Barrios Altos. It is one of the largest in South America. Walking through its streets is to know the customs and products of this ancient culture and, especially, enjoy your meal. Architecturally emphasizes the Monumental Home Capon Street.

 

los Descalzos church and convent

Alameda de los Descalzos s/n. Phone: (511) 481-0441. Visits: Tue-Sun 10:00 to 18:00.The convent was founded in the late sixteenth century. It is characterized by it’s quiet and spacious environments, which conserves valuable paintings of the Lima, Cuzco and Quito school.

 

San Cristóbal viewpoint

Access to the viewpoint from the Alameda de los Descalzos. Visits to the Museum: Mon-Sun 9:00 to 15:00. In 1536, one of the first acts of the conqueror Francisco Pizarro was to take possession of the hill, placing a cross on top. From here, with clear skies, you can appreciate the city of Lima at length, and islands located off its coasts.

 

bullring of Acho

Jiron Hualgayoc 332, Rimac. Bullfighting Museum. Tel: (511) 482-3360. Visits: Mon-Sat 10:00 to 18:00; Sun. By appointment. It was built in 1760 by order of the Viceroy Amat y Juniet. Acho bullring is the oldest in the Americas and the third oldest in the world. Inside is the museum Taurino that contains a collection of relics such as clothing, capes, swords, crutches, posters and paintings of famous painters. In October, Acho is the scene of the Bullfighting Fair of the Lord of Miracles.

 

Real Felipe fortress

Independence Plaza (inicio de la Av. Saenz Peña) Tel (511) 429-0532. Visits: Mon-Sun 9:00 to 16:00. Built in 1747 by Frenchman Louis Godin’s design, it was one of the most important strengths of America and played an important role in the colony to protect the capital from attacks by pirates and privateers. Currently it’s the Peruvian Army Museum and exhibits objects, uniforms and weapons from the Peruvian military.

 

Callao islands

You can access these islands based on the quays of La Punta and Callao. Visits: Mon-Sun 9-10 am, by reservation. At least four people. Travelling time: 4 hours.

 

Palomino islands.

There are two islands: the first one has a wealth of fauna, which include sea lions. In the second ill and old sea lions take refuge.

 

San Lorenzo island

The largest and highest in Peru. Is 8 km long by 2.2 km wide. Intended for the worship of the moon and a necropolis with more than three thousand tombs which also contained utensils, textiles and objects made in gold and silver. It is also known as "Mysterious Island" because of the fascinating stories of pirates, hidden treasures and historical remains that are woven around them. In the place are the remains of James L'Hemite, Dutch pirate and other characters of the nineteenth century. There are also eight cemeteries where lie the remains of Chilean soldiers who died in the Pacific War.

 

Frontón island

Llamada también "Isla del Muerto", pues funcionó como prisión política durante la colonia e inicios de la república. Entre sus prisioneros estuvo el Virrey Blasco Núñez de Vela, depuesto en 1544. Posteriormente, fue un centro penitenciario para reos comunes.

SURROUNDING LIMA

 

District of Lurín

Clear sky area that meets hills, beaches, agro-ecological plots, horse farms, archaeological sites and places suitable for sports and outdoor excursions. They emphasize its wineries, craft shops and rural restaurants.

 

Pachacámac arqueological complex

31 km south of Lima, on the Panamerican Highway South (45 minutes by car). Tel: (511) 430-0168. Museum. Visits: Mon-Sun 9:00 to 17:00. It was the most important ceremonial center of the Peruvian coast since pre-Inca. The material mainly used in the buildings was the mud. You distinguished palaces, plazas and temples (some restored), among them the Sun Temple and Acllahuasi, both built during the Inca domination (1440-1533) and which are part of the better conserved sector. It has a museum that houses the pieces found in excavations.

 

Districto of Cieneguilla

20 km east of Lima along the asphalt road towards Huarochirí (30 minutes by car).District located in the Lurin river valley where you can enjoy nature. There are free zones for camping and country restaurants to enjoy a family day. Caral 184 KM / 115 miles north of Lima on a paved road (2 hours by car) The oldest city in South America. It was built between 2600 and 2100 A.C. It is thus the oldest human settlement.

 

Eastbound (By the Central Highway)

 

Puruchuco arqueological site

Km 4.5. Fax: (511) 494-2641. Visits: Mon-Sun and holidays 8:30 to 16:30. Website http://museopuruchuco.perucultural.org.pe. Mud and adobe construction belonging to the Inca period (XV-XVI century BC). It is considered a palace or administrative center of singular importance in the area. The distribution of space is geometric lines and is divided into three sectors most notably a series of patios and balconies. During the excavation process various human burials were recovered, characterized by being in a fetal position and accompanied by various objects of daily use. It has a very interesting museum.

 

Cajamarquilla arqueological site

Km 10, deviation of 5 km on the right bank of the Rimac River (bottom of the ravine Jicamarca). Built between 500 and 600 BC, during the period of dominance in the valley of the Lima culture. With its 167 hectares, is considered the second largest urban complex of mud of the pre-Hispanic Andes (after Chan Chan, La Libertad).

 

Huachipa zoo

Av Las Torres s/n, Ate-Vitarte (km 11, next to the bridge Huachipa). Tel: (511) 356-3666, 356-1208, 356-3141. Visits: Mon-Sun 9:00 to 17:30. Excluding holidays, except December 24. Website: www.zoohuachipa.com.pe.  Home to more than two thousand animals belonging to about 300 species, including birds, mammals, reptiles and fish. Highlights include the Forest Bird with a replica of the Peruvian rainforest and interactive farm dedicated to children.

 

towns of chosica and Santa Eulalia

Km 36-39 (50 minutes by car), in the mountains of Lima. Area of recreation centers, clubs and countryside restaurants. It is an ideal place to rest for its dry climate and ever present sun. It also serves as a starting point to enter the central highlands of Peru.

 

Beaches

 

NORTH

Notable beaches of Santa Rosa (km 43) and Ancon (km 44). The last one, with very calm sea, is popular with holidaymakers from Lima since the 19th century. Today is a small city, almost integrated into the greater Lima. It’s heyday as a beach was during the 50s and 60s. It still retains its impressive elegant buildings and boating center, the Yacht Club.

 

SOUTH

35 km from the Panamericana Sur Highway begins a string of beautiful beaches which extend continuously along the coast to the city of Cañete, 135 km from the city of Lima. They are of sand and pebble, with waves ideal for surfing: El Silencio (km 41.5), Señoritas (km 42), Peñascal (km 51 - San Bartolo), Pico Alto (km 43) and Punta Rocas (km 45). Many beaches have become residential: Pulpos (km 41), Santa Maria, Embajadores (km 51) and Naplo (km 51). Others have plenty of amenities such as hotels, restaurants and entertainment centers: Punta Hermosa and Punta Negra (km 45), San Bartolo (km 51), Pucusana (km 57).

MUSEUMS

 

Rafael Larco Herrera arqueological museum

Avenida Bolivar 1515, Pueblo Libre, Lima 21. Phone (01) 461 1312 / 461 1835. Website: http://www.museolarco.org Exhibition pieces of gold, silver, ceramics, textiles, stone, wood and other objects of pre-Columbian cultures.

 

art museum

Paseo Colón 125, Lima 1. Phone (01) 423 4732. Website:http://museoarte.perucultural.org.pe. Interesting collection of ceramics, textiles, stone, organic material and skeletons of Peruvian pre-Hispanic cultures. Cuzco colonial paintings and furniture.

 

national museum of peruvian culture

Avenida Alfonso Ugarte 650, Lima 10. Phone (01) 423 5892. On display are folk art demonstrations from all regions of Peru since pre-Columbian times to the present: pottery, retablos, imagery, silverware and textiles

 

Religious Museum of Lima’s Cathedral

Plaza Mayor de Lima, Lima 1. Phone (01) 427 5980 / 427 9647. Exhibition of liturgical objects. Also paintings and sculptures of the sixteenth century religious art. A room with paintings of the Italian school of the brothers Vassano.

 

Philatelic and postal museum of the post office

Jiron Superunda Count 170, Lima 1. Phone (01) 428 7931. Collection of stamps and seals of Peru and the world.

 

Museum of the Holy Inquisition court and Congress

Jiron Junin 548, Plaza Bolivar. Lima 1. Phone (01) 428 7980 Annex 2537. Website: http://www.congreso.gob.pe/museo.htm. Parts used by the Court during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Museo del Banco Wiese Jiron Cusco 245. Lima 1. Teléfono (01) 428 6000 Annex 2009. Showcase Colonial and Republican coins. Also displayed ceramics and pre-Hispanic gold. Cuzco Painting Exhibition.

 

Museum of the Central Bank Reserve of Peru

Jiron Ucayali 125, corner Jiron Lampa, Lima 1. Phone (01) 427 6250 Annex 2657. Interesting exhibition of Peruvian archeology, Peruvian and foreign coins. In addition, republican gallery with works by renowned artists such as Castillo, Baca Flor Hernandez, Humareda, Sérvulo, Davila, Tola, Szyszlo and others.
Numismatics Hall of the Credit Bank of Peru and Room of Pancho Fierro’s Watercolors. Equina Jirones Lampa and Ucayali, Lima 1. Phone (01) 349 0606 Annex 2210. They exhibit the most important collection of Peruvian banknotes. You can also find watercolours of nineteenth-century genre painter.

 

Museum of the fighters from the Morro de Arica

Jiron Cailloma 125, Lima 1. Phone (01) 427 0958. Exposition of relics, uniforms, weapons, documents, letters, files, from the Heroes of the War with Chile.

 

House Museum of Miguel Grau

Jiron Huancavelica 172, Lima 1. Phone (01) 428 5012. Exhibition of photographs, clothing and personal belongings of the Knight of the Seas. Collection of paintings, jewelry and monuments of our naval force.

 

Italian Art Museum

Paseo de la Republica 250, Lima 1. Phone (01) 423 9932. It exhibits paintings, prints and sculptures in bronze and marble. In addition, Italian artist’s ceramics from the beginning of the century.

 

San Francisco’s Convent Museum

Plaza San Francisco, Jiron Ancash, Lima 1. Phone (01) 427 1381 / 426 7377.Objects of religious art. Colonial paintings form the master Perez de Alesio and Francisco de Zurbar. Catacombs.

 

Municipal Museum of the Theater

Teatro Segura, Jiron Huancavelica 240, Lima 1. Phone (01) 426 7206. Collection of programs of the municipal theaters. Dresses, photographs and other objects of national and foreign artists.

 

University Museum of the National University Federico Villareal

Nicolas Cañete corner Jiron Pierola 697, Lima 1. Phone (01) 42 517 25 Annex 15.Exhibits of national archeology and anthropology.

 

Museum of archaeology and anthropology of the National University Mayor de San Marcos

Cultural Center of the university. Avenida Nicolas de Pierola 1222, Lima 1. Phone (01) 427 8155, fax 427 6799. E-mail: marqcecu@unmsm.edu.pe.  Important archaeological collection. Set pieces from the cultures Chavin, Caral, among others. Archive  from archaeologist Julio C. Tello.

 

Museum of Art and History of the National University Mayor de San Marcos

Cultural Center of the university. Avenida Nicolas de Pierola 1222, Lima 1. Phone (01) 427 4870. Pictorial reproductions of great masters of painting from the sixteenth to twentieth century. Collection of folk art.

 

Folk Art Museum of the Riva-Agüero institute of the Catholic University of Peru

Jiron Camaná 459, Lima 1. Phone (01) 427 9275. It exhibits selected parts of the country folk art from all eras.

 

Archaeological Museum "Josefina Ramos de Cox" from the Riva-Agüero Institute of the Catholic University of Peru

Jiron de la Union 554, Lima 1. Phone (01) 427 4961. Collection of archaeological objects from the Tablada de Lurin and other sites excavated by the university. Ceramics from Ayacucho and Cusco.

 

Santo Toribio de Mogrovejo hospital museum

Jirón Ancash 1271, Lima 1. Teléfono (01) 328 1473. Brain Library.

 

House Museum "José Carlos Mariátegui"

Jirón Washington 1946, Lima 1. Phone (01) 330 6074. Web Site: http://www.rcp.net.pe/MARIATEGUI/. Exibition of furniture, books and original writings of this great Peruvian thinker.

 

Bible Museum

Av. Petit Thouars 991, Lima 1. Phone (01) 433 6389. Set of photographs and replicas of the history of writing, the Bible, its authors and translators.

 

Museum of the Archaelogical Investigation Center of Ancón

Extension Jorge Chavez, Ancón, Lima 2. Exhibition of Archaeological pieces from pre-Hispanic cultures of northern and central coast.

 

Site Museum of Puruchuco

Carretera Central Km.7.5 Ate. Lima 3. Phone (01) 494 2641. Web Site: http://museopuruchuco.perucultural.org.pe. Parts of the archaeological site of Cajamarquilla, Lima and the local Inca culture. Musical instruments, skeletal remains and pottery.

 

Electricity Museum

Avenida Pedro de Osma 105, Barranco, Lima 4 Fax (01) 477 6577. Website: http://museoelectri.perucultural.org.pe Development of electricity in Peru: Power generation and energy sources. Energy Savings Board. History of Lima’sTrams. Electric Tram ride.

 

Museum of Colonial Art Pedro de Osma

Avenida Pedro de Osma 421, Barranco, Lima 4 Telephone (01) 467 0915 / 467 0019 / 467 0141. Silverware, paintings, sculptures and furniture from the XVII, XVIII and XIX centuries.

 

Andrés Avelino Cáceres Museum

Avenida Republica de Portugal 258, Brena, Lima 5. Phone (01) 423 5 884. Exhibit objects and documents related to the work and public activity of General Andres Avelino Caceres.

 

Multidisciplinary Museum of La Salle High School

Avenida Arica 601, Brena, Lima 5.Teléfono (01) 424 5750. Display of flora and fauna of the country framed in an ecological context.

 

Museum Planetarium and Observatory of Morro Solar. Top of the Morro Solar

Chorrillos, Lima 6. Phone (01) 431 3084. Precipitated meteorites recovered in the country. Photographs, transparencies, scientific instruments and telescopes. Projection of celestial motion and videos on scientific developments relating to the subject.

 

Museum of Arid Zone Research from the National Agrarian University

Calle Camilo Carrillo 300-A, Jesús María, Lima 11. Phone (01) 433 5616. On display are archaeological artifacts from 10,000 years old to pre-Hispanic times.

 

Entomological Museum of the National Agrarian University

Avenida La Universidad, La Molina, Lima 12. Phone (01) 349 5647 Annex 330.Collection of orders, families and species of insects.

 

Japanese Inmigration Museum

Avenida Gregorio Escobedo 803, Jesús María, Lima 13. Phone (01) 463 1245 Annex 6. Exhibition of documents, photographs and various testimonies related to the arrival of the first Japanese immigrants to Peru in the late nineteenth century.

 

Natural History Museum

Javier Prado Avenida Arenales 1256, Lince Lima 14. Phone (01) 471 0117 / 474 0434. Collection of fossils, flora and fauna of the various natural regions of Peru.

 

Pachacamac Site Museum

Old Panamericana Sur Highway Km.31, Lurin, Lima 16. Phone (01) 430 5607.Ceramics, wood carvings, textiles, tools and spindles, painted Piruro and household items.

 

Inti Raymi Community Museum

Avenida Los Suspiros, Mz. N, Lot 4, Lurin, Lima 16.  Panamericana Sur Highway, Km.40. Phone (01) 430 5633 / 447 7711. Peruvian folk art collection: Huamanga Stone, imagery, altars, crosses, pottery, gourds, and others.

 

Amano Museum

Calle Retiro 160, Miraflores, Lima 18 Phone (01) 441 2909 / 442 1007. Interesting collection of gauze, painted fabrics and ceramics from the Chancay culture. Also parts of northern and mountain cultures of the country.

 

Huaca Pucllana Site Museum

General Borgoño cuadra.8, Miraflores, Lima 18. Phone (01) 445 8 695.Archaeological site and showroom with material obtained at: textiles, ceramics, metallurgy, diet.

 

Ricardo Palma House Museum

General Suarez 189, Miraflores. Lima 18. Phone (01) 445 5836. House where the famous writer lived. It exhibits furniture and personal belongings of the celebrated author of the Peruvian Traditions.

 

National Museum of Anthropology, Archaeology and History of Peru

Plaza Bolivar, Pueblo Libre. Lima 21. Phone (01) 463 5070 / 463 2009. Website: http://mnaah.perucultural.org.pe Prehistoric objects and specimens, masterpieces of the cultures of ancient Peru. Historical objects and works of colonial and republican eras. Some highlights are Raimondi’s Stela, Tello’s Obelisk, painted ceramics and mummies.

 

Julia Codesido House Museum

Paso de los Andes 500, Pueblo Libre, Lima 21 Phone (01) 463 8579. Pictures and personal belongings of the national artist.

 

Bullfighting Museum

Plaza de Acho Jiron Hualgayoc 332, Rimac, Lima 25. Phone (01) 482 3360. Collection of paintings, photographs, posters, clothing, weapons and implements related to the art of bullfighting.

 

Museum of the Convent of Los Descalzos

278 Alameda de los Descalzos, Rimac, Lima 25. Phone (01) 481 3433 / 481 0441. Sample of colonial painting, choral books and environments of the old convent.

 

Viceroyalty Museum

Quinta Presa, Chira shred 344, Rimac. Lima 25. It has furniture, paintings and other pieces of the eighteenth century. Model of the Quinta.

 

Site Museum of Cerro San Cristóbal Viewpoint

Cruz del Cerro San Cristobal, Rimac, Lima 25. Phone (01) 943 8918. Historical context of the development of the valley of Rimac and the city of Lima. Clothing, photographs.

 

Site Museum of Huallamarca

Avenida Nicolás de Rivera 201. Exhibits pottery, gourds, woodwork (masks, chests), basketry, musical instruments and robes of Lima and Pachacamac culture and local late styles found at the site. Mummified remains of the Long Hair Mummy (Lucero).

 

Marina Núñez Del Prado Museum – Falcon Library

Calle Antero Aspillaga 300 San Isidro, Lima 27. Fax (01) 422 0208. Exhibition of sculptures by the artist.

 

Geological Museum of the National University of Engineering

Tupac Amaru Avenue 4.5 km San Martín de Porras, Lima 31.Teléfono (01) 481 1070 Annex 364.Collection of sections of igneous rocks, sedimentary and ornamental paleontology with birds, fish, native plants and a megatherium original from South America.

 

George Petersen Museum of Mining engineering of the Catholic University of Peru

Av. Universitaria, cuadra. 18, San Miguel, Lima 32. Phone (01) 4602870 annex 252. Exhibition of rocks, minerals and fossils found in the country and abroad, some with up to 2,500 years old.

 

Parque de Las Leyendas Zoo

Parque Las Leyendas, Avenida La Marina block 24, San Miguel, Lima 32. Phone (01) 452 6913.

 

EXPOPETRO. Educational exhibition on the process of transformation of petroleum and its derivatives

The mine includes the mineral extraction process and samples of minerals found in Peru. Simulation of a mine.

 

Aviation Museum

Las Palmas Air Base, Surco, Lima 33. Phone 01 477 0787 - 477 2575 Website: http://www.incaland.com/museofap. Model replicas of war and civilian aircrafts. Photographs and dioramas related to the global aviation from 1903 until today.

 

Gold Museum of Peru and guns of the world

Avenida Alonso de Molina 1100, Surco, Lima 33. Phone (01) 345 1271. Pre-Hispanic Art Exhibit: pieces of gold, silver, copper and textiles. Besides, an extensive collection of weapons.

 

Natural History Museum of Ricardo Palma University

Faculty of Biology Avenida Benavides 5440, Surco, Lima 33. Phone (01) 2753624. Plant, animal and paleontological specimens. Collection of entomology and fish. Herbal plants from the mountains and jungle regions.

 

Criminology Museum of the National Police of Peru

Avenida Aramburu 550, Surquillo, Lima 34. Phone (01) 221 8556. Collection of coins from different countries. Weapons and other objects used by criminals.

 

Museum of the Nation

Avenida Javier Prado Este 2465, San Borja, Lima 41. Phone (01) 476 9875 / 476 9878. Models and dioramas of life of the old Peruvian man. Circuit where you can learn about the first inhabitants of Peru to manifestations of modern man. Temporary exhibitions of contemporary art.

 

Military History Museum Real Felipe

Plaza Independencia, Callao. Phone (01) 429 0532 Relics, historical relics, replicas and allegories of facts, customs and historical tradition of the army.

 

Museum of the Naval Aviation Force

Avenida Faucett, Callao. Phone (01) 575 1097. Scale models of the evolution of aircraft ever owned by the force.

 

Naval Museum

Jiron Jose Galvez 123, Callao 1. Phone (01) 429 4793 / 429 7278 Annex 6794. Tour of the naval and maritime history of the country. Features of the Peruvian coast. Personal belongings of the heroes of the Pacific War. Model ships and naval force in the world of the twentieth century.

 

Submarine Force Museum

Naval Base of Callao, Callao. Phone (01) 420 0025. It presents the historical evolution of our submarines from 1912 to today.

 

Memorial Museum of Coronel Leoncio Prado

Avenida Costanera 1545, La Perla - Callao 4. Phone (01) 4204118 / 4204115.Presents the hero's personal items.

 

Monumental Museum of the District of Huaura

Avenida San Martín, Huaura, Huacho. Historical items of the Republican period with the flag of the Liberator, furniture, archive historical documents and photos.

 

Community Archaeological Museum

Carquin District, Province of Huaura, Huacho. Archaeology Exhibition from the valley.

 

Bolivarian Museum

Pativilca Province. It showcases the furniture, photographs and documents related to the stay of the liberator in that house

 

Municipal Museum of Chancay

District Mucipalidad of Chancay. López de Zúñiga 142 Chancay. Phone (01) 377 1133. Exhibition of archaeological pieces from the Chancay culture. Parts of the Covadonga ship, which sank in the port of Chancay

 

Municipal Museum San Juan de Iris

District Municipality, Huarochirí. Archaeological objects Markawasi from Markahuasi are exposed.

PERUVIAN GASTRONOMY AND NATURAL PRODUCTS

 

We offer here a small review of typical foods of Peru, emphasizing in the basic products of our gastronomy. Also show the world the natural products that grow in the Peruvian territory, wich in many cases are used to cure diseases.

 

EL PISCO

Pisco is the Peruvian grape liquor obtained by distillation of the fermentation broth of fresh grape must (grape juice), following the traditional practices in production areas. The only Pisco producing areas are the coast of the departments of Lima, Ica, Arequipa, Moquegua and the valleys of Locumba, Sama and Caplina from the Tacna Department. From colonial times, when the vine was introduced in Peru, several writers have spoken of the wine and brandy produced in the coast of Peru, where we find a valley, a river port and a town called Pisco. The link of Pisco to Peruvian geography is indisputable.

 

There are fout varieties of Pisco:

 

Pisco Puro; Made of non-flavored  Grape, quebranta, mollar or regular black grape.e

Aromatic Pisco, Made with Italy and Moscatel grapes, they’re aromatic and there are sub-types such as Italy, Moscatel de Alejandria. Torontel or Albilla.

Pisco Mosto Verde; Retrieved from distillation of incompletely fermented broths.

Pisco Acholado; Coming from the mixture of wines from different grape varieties. With Pisco there can be a wide variety of beverages produced, among the best known is the Pisco Sour, which we present the basic recipe so you can make it yourself.

 

Pisco Sour Ingredients

 

2 oz de Pisco

½ ounce lemon juice

1 ounce of gum syrup

3-4 ice cubes

 

Preparation

 

Beat in shaker and serve in 4-ounce glass

 

POTATO

Originating in the Peruvian Andes, the potato was cultivated by the ancient inhabitants of what is now known as Peru. There are references of historians dating back to the sixteenth century. South of Lima, near the village of Chilca, we can find traces that would have more than 8,000 years old. By 1550 this plant was taken to Spain and from there spread to the rest of Europe.

 

Peru is the country with the greatest diversity of potatoes in the world, having 8 domesticated native species and 2.301 of more than 4,000 varieties that exist in Latin America. Moreover, our country has 91 of the 200 species that grow wild in most of our continent (and usually are not edible).

 

The International Potato Center (CIP) is the institution responsible for scientific conservation of the potato, while it does with other tubers and some roots. Their work began in 1971 and aims to reduce poverty, enhance environmental sustainability and help ensure food security in the poorest and most marginalized areas.

 

The most important domesticated potato worldwide is Solanum tuberosum, which was introduced to Europe by the Spanish 450 years ago and today has become the most widely grown and consumed in the world.

 

One of the typical recipes in Peru on the basis of Popes is the Peruvian Causa,  recipe that we share with you.

 

Causa Peruana

 

Ingredients (for 4 people)

 

1 kg of potatoes (yellow if possible) for parboiling

2 lemons

2 medium onions chopped into small squares

2 cans of tuna in water (not oil, because it has a lot of fat)

2 sprigs of parsley

yellow chilli crushed or chopped into small pieces

mayonnaise to taste

olive oil (most healthy)

salt and pepper to taste

 

Preparation:

 

Cook the potatoes in enough water. Mash the potatoes to make a soft dough. Use olive oil to make the potato pasta softer and a little pepper and salt to flavor. In another bowl, combine the remaining ingredients. Now, in a Pyrex put a little potato pasta... (To make a layer) then another layer of tuna with the rest of the ingredients ... Repeat the procedure. Garnish with parsley and yellow pepper. Serve cold.

 

CAT’S CLAW

The Uncaria tomentosa, popularly known as Uña de Gato (Cat's claw) is a climbing vine plant for medicinal use, native of Peru, growing in virgin lands of the rainforest in the country, but also on restful land for a long time. The plant climbs trees 20-40 meters in height and can reach up to the top of them. Traditionally its bark, leaves and roots is used to make a tea to cure various diseases.

 

It is used as traditional medicine for the ethnicity of the Ashaninka, located in the Peruvian Amazon, and applied for centuries to heal deep wounds and to relieve bone pain, for the kidneys and to treat women after childbirth.

 

Since its discovery by modern medicine, la Uña de Gato is applied to solve the following problems:

 

Rheumatic painso.

HIV / AIDS Immune

Standardization of some immune system functions.

In cases of infections of all kinds

Ulcers and tumors.

Blood clotting.

In degenerative diseases like cancer (female genital tract, lung and gastric bronco) and tumors.

Viral processes.

Irregularities of the menstrual cycle.

Gonorrhea.

General weakness and convalescence.

Diabetes.

Deep Wounds.

 

WARNING:

 

A plant called “Uña de gato “"cat's claw 'grows in northern Mexico and southern Texas. This plant, Acacia gregii, has no known health benefit and may be poisonous.

 

CORN

Although best known as the birthplace of the potato, the Inca society was also, like other great civilizations of America, a civilization of the corn crop known in Peru since at least 1200 BC. Former Peruvian farmers achieved sophistication in the selection and creation of new varieties adapted to different geographical and climatic conditions. The chronicler Bernabé Cobo relates that in ancient Peru was corn (called choclo) of all colors: white, yellow, purple, red and black mixed. Today, on the coast, mountains and jungle of Peru, cultivated over 55 popular varieties of corn, more than anywhere else in the world.

 

The control of corn areas was vital to the Empire. Unlike tubers, which harvest was permissive of ethnic groups and families, corn was considered state affairs. Countless vessels and tissues with depictions of ears of corn and corn chicha ceramic vessels found in archaeological excavations realize the importance of corn in the pre-Hispanic Peru.

 

In ancient Peru, the corn was always sacred and mythical. The myth about the founding of the imperial city Cusco, by brothers Ayar, said that they laid the foundations of civilization and began to teach men how to sow corn.

 

Since Corn, in Peru there are two types of beverages. One is the Chicha de Jora, drink with some alcohol, drank in many parts of the Andes. And the other, Chicha Morada, a sweet-tasting drink with no alcohol level. One of the typical desserts in Peru, Mazamorra Morada, was created from Purple Corn.

 

The famous Mazamorra Morada (Purple Pudding), is the recipe that we present below.

 

Mazamorra Morada 1/2 kg of purple corn

1 kig of sugar

2 lemons

1 apple

1 membrillo (quince)

3 lt. of water

2 cups sweet potato flour or potato flour

200 grams of guindas

200 grams of prunes
200 grams of ossicles

3 cloves
Ground cinnamon

 

Preparation:

 

After parboiling purple corn in the specified amount of water, drain and place the purple water in a pot and put back on fire. Then add the sugar, cloves, cinnamon, fruit (peeled and cut into small squares), sour cherries and the ossicles (washed and whole), let simmer. When fruit is tender, add the sweet potato flour (previously dissolved in hot water.) Allow to simmer for a short time. Finally, add the lemon juice (not withdraw until it boils). Pour into a dish and serve cold (sprinkle with cinnamon).

 

KIWICHA (AMARANTH)

It was domesticated and cultivated since pre-Hispanic times in the Andes and Mexico. In our country the seeds were found in tombs with 4,000 years old. The protein content of grains is between 13 and 18%, with high levels of lysine. The grain has calcium, phosphorus, iron, potassium, zinc, vitamin E and vitamin B complex

 

In the Andes there has been more than 1,200 ecotypes collected. Varieties are known according to grain and the shape of the panicle, by the color of the plant and other features. The most common varieties are: Noel Vietmeyer (Rosada del Cusco), a pink grain. Oscar Blanco (Blanca del Cusco), whose leaves are used as hortaiza. Chullpi,  pop type grains suitable for dry cooking.

 

Uses:

 

Food: The seed is consumed cooked with sweets, roasted, in the form of toasted flour, etc. Formerly, it was very common the "Api de Achita" or "Lagua de Achita" a kind of highly nutritious milk and easily digestible for people of all ages. The leaves are eaten as a cooked vegetable. Fodder for livestock. Ornamental.

 

Medicinal: The cooking of the root is used against diarrhea. The cooked leaves for bladder inflammations, rheumatic pains and sore mouth and throat (gargle). The infusion of fresh herbs used as a laxative.

 

The Amaranth (or quihuicha) it’s really not used in the kitchen. Rather it is used as a secondary ingredient. Here we leave a recipe.

 

To prepare dishes that use the Amaranth, you must first prepare the cooked Amaranth

 

Carrot Pudding Ingredients:

 

1 cup Amaranth

½ cup shredded carrots

2 onions

2 cloves garlic

1 red pepper

1 cup beet cutting or spinach cutting

o el corte de espinaca

2 eggs

½ cup Parmesan cheese

1 spoon sunflower seeds

Olive oil

Salt

Ginger

 

Preparation:

 

1) The onion, garlic and pepper are fried. Half of this mixture is added Amaranth, ¼ cup cheese, 1 egg, salt and ginger. If mixture is too thin, thicken with wheat germ.

2) In another bowl mix shredded carrots with remaining fried batter, beet or spinach, 1 egg, remaining cheese, sunflower seeds and add the salt and ginger.

3) In a greased pudding bowl sprinkled with oat bran, add half the mixture with Amaranth, then the carrot mixture and finally the rest of Amaranth.

4) Cook in moderate heat. If you wish, you can paint with white sauce.

 

YACON

It is a herb growing up to 2m high. It produces large, elongated tuberous roots, which pulp is sweet. In our country it develops on the coast, highlands and high jungle. Is grown from Venezuela to northern Argentina.

 

It is domesticated and cultivated since 1200 BC, and grows wild in Ecuador, Colombia and Peru.

 

Uses:

 

* Food: The tuberous roots are eaten raw, are sweet and taste better if exposed to sun for some time, it also can be eaten baked and cooked. The root juice as a refreshing drink. The leaves are edible and have high protein content. The juice of the roots is used as a sugar substitute, it’s boiled and made a kind of molasses.

* Collection of inulin and fructose: Yacon has a great industrial future for obtaining inulin (fructose polymer), as it is the plant with higher levels of this sugar. Inulin and fructose are well suited for patients and diabetics.

* Medicine: For rheumatism and muscle aches. The tea leaves are used against stress.

* Fodder: The leaves and roots serve as food for livestock. It is recalled that the leaves contain up to 17% protein.

* Agroforestry: The plant grows well in shade.

 

CAMU CAMU

Its scientific name is LEPIDIUM MEYENIL WALP, plant native of Peru, with high nutritional value, is rich in minerals such as calcium, phosphorus and iron, also contains a high level of protein and carbohydrates, superior to the world know Korean Gin Seng.

 

Properties:

 

*Nutrition
*Invigorating
*Fertilizers
*Healing
*Aphrodisiac qualities Presents
*Therapies in respiratory disease

*Help rheumatic problems and hypertension

*Improves related infertility, frigidity and sexual impotence

*Reactive cellular metabolic process 

 

Maca Applications:

 

Gelatinized: Mix one teaspoon gelatinized maca daily in foods or drinks as a dietary supplement for people in general, athletes, convalescents, the elderly, no appetite and all who need to strengthen their diets in situations of mental and physical wear.

 

Maca Raw: As a basic ingredient to make cookies, desserts, noodles and other products.

 

LUCUMA

Origin:

 

The Lucumo whose botanical name is Lucuma Obovata H.B.K. is a fruit originating in the Andean region. In this area are still lúcumo ecotypes that grow wild in Peru. The lúcumo is a tree of the Sapotaceae family and genus Lucuma.

 

Background

 

According to chroniclers and historians, the use of the lucuma comes from the Incas, the same as is evident in images molded figurines of the Mochica culture, the same that developed in the North Coast of Peru. This corroborates an ancestral use as part of the diet in these and other populations that settled in towns on the coast and highlands of Peru.

 

Production area

 

The largest concentration of this fruit tree is in the departments of Ayacucho, Cajamarca, Ancash, Moquegua and Lima, all in Peru. Its natural habitat is the low mountains, but it thrives well from almost sea level to 3,000 meters, with temperatures of 8-27 degrees Celsius and humidity of 80% to 90%.

 

Characteristics of the Fruit

 

The fruit is a spherical berry, conical or compressed basally, with exocarp or green or tanned yellow thin shell, usually at the tip, surrounded by a polished silver color. The mesocarp has a very pleasant flavor and aroma, deep yellow color, mealy and smooth texture. The endocarp surrounding the seed is thin and yellow.

 

Lucuma Flour

 

Lucuma finely ground flour is a golden yellow color, sweet flavor and rough texture. In Peru, Lucuma pulp has been industrialized in the form of flour, used mainly in ice cream, cakes and pastries (flan, milkshakes, pudding, puddings and custards, ice cream, etc.).

 

Nutritional Content

 

The fresh product is the fruit’s pulp (mesocarp free of shell and seeds), with its original amount of water without suffering some form of processing. Lucuma has a high nutritional value, a good source of carbohydrates, rich in minerals and vitamins.

by Staff

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