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Churches, catacombs & Cau Cau: Lima's Centro Historico

My first day on the Spanish speaking part of the world was pretty entertaining. I somehow managed to order Cau-Cau (tripe!) for lunch & carbonated water (remember to avoid- 'con gas') for drinks. How is that possible??!! It was at a fast food restaurant where they even had pictures!!! I was pointing to what I wanted (pollo) & I somehow ended up with tripe. Bleh. Same for the water. It was right there in front of me, I pointed to it, how did I get carbonated water?! Spanish is gonna be tricky. Hola South America!

Highlights: San Francisco monastery was awesome!!! I love that place. Its got this beautiful library & interesting architecture. And there's the morbid crypts too! Its got it all!  
Cast of Characters: just me
Logistics/ Links: San Francisco monastery, Cathedral of Lima
When: I went early May, 2012. The weather in Lima in May is just so beautifully perfect! It was about 60's or 70's, sunny blue clear skies. So beautiful
Location: Lima, Peru. I went to San Francisco monastery, Cathedral of Lima and just walked around Plaza de Armas. These are all in Lima's Centro Historico. I also walked around Miraflores on my last day in Peru. I didn't enjoy it as much. It was an ok tourist district with some good restaurants.
Cost: free to walk around Centro Historico
Trip Report: I thought this part of town was awesome. I have never been to South America. I enjoyed the good architecture & the vibrant local scene. It was a little bit disconcerting (& comforting) to see a lot of police walking around. It was fine though. I usually ask my photo to be taken by police or fellow tourists. If you are short on time and trying to decide where to go, skip Miraflores & just come here.
Centro Historico at Lima, Peru.

Streets around Plaza de Armas, Lima, Peru. Its a llama!!!

Plaza de Armas, Lima, Peru

Centro Historico at Lima, Peru.

SWAT team on standby at Lima, Peru

Palacio de Gobierno at Centro Historico of Lima, Peru

Lima Cathedral. Centro Historico, Lima, Peru

San Francisco monastery. Lima, Peru

Haha! Kid chasing a pigeon at Centro Historico of Lima, Peru

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