Before going out this Monday me and Martin wanted to do some touristy stuff. Thats when we googled the amazing words ”10 things to do in Lima”. We ended up with the Time list where Time listed this exactly. The list is found here.
I have been in Lima for a while and decided after reading it, to write a post about what to do, since the different stuff listed by time, isn´t all that hot. Have they even been here or have they just googled and put a list together, I ask myself.
No kidding aside, maybe I am a bit hard on Time, but I will try to go through the list since I am already here and also add to the different posts on what Time have already written. Just for fun. Please tag along! I will then later end with a list of my own. 10 things to do in Lima- MY LIST.
I won´t do the time list in chronological order, just so you know since I already visited a lot on the list. Maybe this says enough. A 10 to do list should at least be a bit varied with stuff not on the normal tourist-radar. This list has none!
Number 5 on the list-
Pucllana Temple (Huaca Pucllana)
- 1. Pucllana Temple
Block 8 of General Borgoño, Miraflores, Lima, Peru;51-(0)1-445-8695 or 51-(0)1-440-8276 More Info
- 2. Restaurant Huaca Pucllana
Lima, Peru; 51-(0)1-445-4042 resthuacapucllana.com
I have rarely witnessed this much sand in Lima Peru, and it is a desert city. The name Huaca Pucllana are pronounced Wuacka Pujana and mean Pujana Temple something. It is around 1500 years old, or as Time put it from around 500 A.D.
Cost: It cost around nothing (about 2,5 dollars says Time). Have you gone as far as Lima, you certainly can afford it.
Opening hours: Open wednesdays to mondays, 9 a.m -5p.m according to Times. Seems right.
Walking in Huaca Pucllana is only done in a guided tour. You can´t walk around by yourself. Well, maybe this isn´t that bad since they still are digging in the place. According to the guide, they will be done in about 30 years, and this is when we are welcome back (guide humor). Well, the guide did a terrific job taking us round the place. We attended the English tour because of my pour Spanish and the guide actually spoke English. That is a nice touch. On the tour we met some interesting Englishmen who asked me of what my accent is. Always appreciated being taken for a Englishspeaking person when you are not.
From my perspective this is a fairly sustainable alternative without having to much knowledge on how much archeology actually effects the environment. It is situated in central Miraflores and is of a walking distance from where most tourist lives and also from the Metropolitano, the public transportation system. And if you already are in Lima this shouldn´t effect the environment a greater deal.
At first I though. Oh no. It is a sandy place with only sand. But after walking to the other parts of the area they display traditional flora and animals of Lima as cotton and the animal llama (pronounced jama). Also got to see a Peruvian hairless dog and how different plants of the amazing food I am eating all day looks like. Yeah, and in Peru you eat cuy, guinea-pigs.
The restaurant is a really lovely place and according to Time open long after the ruins close. What Time forget to mention is that they close their food service in between around 16-18 (not sure exactly when they close in the afternoon, but they open at 18 again, so they told us).
So me and Martin just focused on the beer and some maize-snacks in company of a lovely bird, here after called the drinking buddy bird.
This is tricky. On a scale of 1 – 5 it is given a 4. Due to the surprise of flora and fauna, funny guide and high standard cuisine. I recommend it sincerely. And it is an amazing opportunity to take funny photos for free, of course after paying the entrance fee. Noteworthy is that a lot of places in Lima as museums and happenings have photo prohibitions.