Lima Peru: AFA's Newest South American Destination

Lima Women and their culture

Many of the same adjectives used to describe the women in other Latin American countries, such as beautiful, friendly, and laid back can be unquestionably applied to Peruvian women. These women are very inviting, warm, and at ease with the world. As you spend time with them, you will think to yourself "what a refreshing change".

These ladies are extremely interested in meeting foreign men, and in Lima you can expect women to be smiling at you where ever you go. By chance if you are not with another lady at that time, they may ask you where you are from, or even ask you to help them practice their English.

The impression that Lima women have of foreign men is that they are faithful, honest, polite, and kind-hearted. They want men who will love and respect them. They also look for a man who will take care of his wife and children.

In general, Peru girls are sweet, friendly, warm, good, moral, very cheerful, and have a good sense of humor. They are hardworking, but enjoy life at the same time.

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These women were raised in loving families, and most still live at home. In this environment, the family depends and helps each other in any way they can. This outlook extends outward to friends, and even people they are not acquainted with yet. This is one of the reasons why visitors to Lima notice how friendly and helpful everyone seems to be.

These women look at your character and soul first, before your appearance or financial attributes. These women require your faithfulness to them in return for their total commitment and love. They want to be the most important part of your life, and you may expect the same from her.

The vast majority of Peru women are Catholic, and because of this, there is a much lower divorce rate than in North America or Europe. The women do their best to make their marriage work in spite of whatever problems occur.

The men in Peru are very macho, and it is a badge of honor to have more than one girlfriend, or if married, to have a mistress on the side. They also are very jealous and expect the women to be faithful, while they do what they want. This is obviously not the best situation for the ladies, and therefore many of these ladies are looking elsewhere for a faithful husband.

Peru's appeal, besides its wonderful women, is its varied natural and archeological wonders. At the end of your 7 day tour, you might find that you would like to extend your stay and see one of the most remarkable countries in the world, there are numerous tours to points of interest in the country.

One such tour to consider is a visit to the site of Machupicchu high in the Andes mountains. Constructed between 1460 and 1470 by Pachacuti Inca Yupanqui who was an Inca leader, this city was probably used for religious purposes and contains 200 buildings of temples, storage facilities, and even housing. The first men to rediscover the site in the 20th century were Gavino Chavez, Enrique Palma, and Augtin Lizarrage in 1901. Ten years later Hiram Binghma made the scientific discovery of the site.

The Machupicci archeological site is near the ancient city of Cuzco. Cuszco is recognized as the oldest continually existing town in the Western Hemisphere. This 3000 year old city was settled, then occupied by various Indian tribes throughout the next two thousand years, until the arrival of the Inca civilization. In a relatively short time span, the Inca produced marvels such as the Inca road system which covered over 14,000 miles. The Inca roads were not contructed for horse and wagon travel. This made them practically useless to the invading Spanish troops in the 1500s, when horses feet or wagon wheels would become stuck between the stones. In 1572, the Inca reign was ended after a 36 year war against the Spanish, and finally in 1933, Cuzco was declared the Archaeological capital of South America.

The most popular area of the Inca road system is the Inca Trail. The trail stretched to 6-8 meters wide in the lower and higher elevations, however high in the mountains the trail was only 1 meter wide, but was very effective for individual mountain travel.

The Inca trail contains a multitude of flora and fauna and is home to more than 400 species of trees and plant life. Condors, among other birds fly along the area. There are 2 to 4 day hiking options along the Inca trail, and flights are available from Lima to Cuzco.

Another interesting excursion is the Nazca plains. As with England's crop circles, Peru has its own unexplained phenomenon. The Nazca geoglyphs were created many centuries before the Colombian period.

Located in the Peru's Pampa region, 400 kilometers south of Lima, the geoglyphs are typically either geometric lines or figures of beings and objects. No one knows when they were created, but people theorize they are between 1200 and 2500 years old. The Nazca Lines were first seen from the air in the 1920s when airliners began flying over the area.

Other great things to see in Peru

Colca Canyon: This canyon, twice as deep as the Grand Canyon is home to Andean condors.

Peru's Amazon Rainforest: Tours are widely available.

Chavin the Huantar This archaeological site was constructed between 400-300 BC. Shaped like pyramids, it is an unsolved mystery as to what was the reason for its construction: as a place of worship, or a defensive fort. The most impressive aspect of the building is the Lanzon, which is a 16 foot monolith with ancient Peruvian dieties and wild animals shaped into the construction.

Huascaran National Park This is the location of the Cordillera Blanca which is the highest tropical mountain chain in the world. This range contains over 600 glaciers, 269 lakes, and 41 rivers. There are hundreds of mountain peaks and 26 of them reach a height of almost 20,000 feet or greater. The area rivals the beauty of any mountain range anywhere. This region also spawned over 20 pre Colombian cultures, including the Moche culture which was highly advanced in metalwork.

Lake Titicaca: At 13,000 feet above sea level, this is the highest navigable lake in the world.

Trujillo: Located in northern Peru and founded in 1534, this city was the home of the ancient Chimu nation.

Lima is one of the oldest metropolises in the Western Hemisphere. Founded in 1535, Lima turns 470 years old in 2005. Francisco Pizarro, a Spanish conquistador and the founder of Lima named it the City of the Kings. The area was first settled by pre-Inca tribes who were later occupied by the Inca nation. The first university in the Western Hemisphere (University of San Marcos) was founded in Lima in 1551.

During the 16th and 17th centuries, Lima became the epicenter of the Spanish trade monopoly and thus its prosperity attracted pirates that attacked and robbed the city during this time period. In 1821, the Plaza Mayor was the location of Peru's Declaration of Independence from Spanish Rule. The Spanish were finally driven out of the country in 1824.

In 1881, Lima was attacked by Peru neighbor to the south, Chile, in the War of the Pacific (1879-1884). During the 20th century, Lima has experienced explosive population growth. Around 1920, the citizens of Lima numbered around 170,000, while today the city's population stands at over 7 million.

Lima boasts great museums and cathedrals and is one of the cultural meccas of South America. Here is a listing of just several of the multitude of historic sites.

Gold Of Peru Museum This fascinating museum holds historically important pieces of gold, silver, and gilded copper from Peru's ancient cultures. From such tribes as the Lambayeque, Chimu, Huari, Inca, and others.

Museo Nacional de Antropologia (National Museum of Antropology) Contains 100,000 artifacts from of the unique cultures of Peru. The pieces include pottery, wood, textiles, even gold and silver.

Lima Cathedral This magnificent structure with it's distinctive yellow towers was modeled on the Seville Cathedral in Spain. It was designed by architect Jeronimo de Aliaga. Also located on the grounds is the tomb of Lima's founder Francisco Pizarro.

Lima Attractions, Cuisine, and Romantic Dates

To experience Lima's nightlife, head for Barranco or Miraflores. Barranco is close to the shore and known for its bohemian artists who live and perform in the area. Also, hundreds flock to Barranco's discos, resturants, bars, casinos for a night out on the town.

The same is true for Miraflores, which is an upscale section of Lima that offers a number of the city's cultural attractions.

Miraflores has marvelous art galleries, movie complexes, and shopping. This section of town is very clean, and contains many of Lima's upscale hotels and restaurants.

Featured here is Larcomar which is a large open shopping area, with great stores, restaurants and great views of the ocean.

Even though Miraflores is a modern section of Lima, it has archeological sites which are currently under excavation (Huallamarca and Pucllana). Tours can be arranged to the sites.

If you are a food connoisseur who enjoys sampling the world's cuisine, Peru stakes claim to some of the tastiest dishes in the world. Because of it's proximity to the Pacific, Lima has many delectable dishes from the sea such as ceviche (raw fish which is marinated in pure lemon juice and dusted with chilies for a zesty bite. Great seafood can be found at the Rosa Nautica restaurant pictured here, located on top of the waves.

You will also want to try the jelea (a combination of fried fish and shellfish) or arroz con pato (duck with rice). For dessert, top it off with a sweet potato doughnut dunked in syrup made of sugar cane.

Lima not only offers South American cuisine, but its culinary tastes run worldwide. This city boasts French, Japanese, Mediterranean, Italian, and Chinese restaurants. Lima also has a Chinatown in the center of the city, where you and your date can delight your taste buds with many authentic dishes.

Finding a romantic spot for you and your date is no problem in Lima. You will definitely want to visit the Parque del Amor (the Love Park).

This park overlooks the Pacific and is incredibly romantic. It is not only a spot where couples gather, but occasionally weddings are held there, and the newlyweds walk the park after the ceremony.

Another great walking date, that is close to the government palace and the San Francisco Church in downtown Lima is the La Muralla.

This lovely area which is tree lined along the edge, contains gazebos, and small reflection pools with fountains, along the walk way.

Lima has all the great date opportunities you could ask for: museums, historical places, shopping, cinema, theater. In addition, one of the best ways to learn about the city is to have your special someone take you to her favorite spots as well.