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Airbnb – Cercado de Lima.

My first experience in an Airbnb was quite pleasant. On my trip to Peru in February 2020 I was staying in hostels or backpackers, having a good opinion of this type of accommodation. Now I will tell you how it was to be staying in this type of accommodation.

Patricia, who is the hostess of an apartment in the Lima enclosure, located in Antolin Zela 516 de la Victoria, near San Isidro and in front of Av Campodonico, treated me very well. Upon arriving at the apartment he showed me the place and the room I had acquired. This apartment is very well equipped, has everything a traveler needs to cook and wash clothes, with internet connection and TV.

It is located three blocks from the Santa Catalina shopping center, which has a variety of restaurants, movies, shops and pharmacies.

Only 10 minutes from the historic center by taxi, who mobilizes you for a sum of 12 soles, you can get to the city center to know its wonders, in the same direction you will find the magical water circuit.

While the neighborhood is not as well known as Miraflores or San Isidro, it is worth paying for this apartment since its hostess is very nice and always aware of what you might need.

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Larco Museum – Lima

Larco Museum Rafael Larco Hoyle, founded the museum in 1926 at the age of 26. With the help of his father he managed to acquire several archaeological collections from the northern Cossack of Peru, gathering approximately 45,000 pieces (when ordering the pieces for the museum, he understood that many of them could not be related to the cultures discovered until then).

Before the insufficiency of the archaeological information of the 20s, it investigates and scientifically excavates archaeological sites of the northern thing; This research leads him to discover cultures such as: Cupisnique, Salinar, Virú, Lambayeque. Larco, becomes the great researcher of the Mochica culture.

The societies of ancient Peru, like other civilizing cradles, were agricultural societies that had a fundamental concern for understanding the cycles of nature. Due to the intimate and dynamic relationship that the ancient Peruvians had with their natural environment, they believed in the existence of a world above, heavenly, inhabited by the sun, the stars and the gods, where the rain falls for cultivation: and a world below, the pachamama or mother earth, dark, damp, where plants grow and is inhabited by the dead.

The tinkuy or encounter between opposite, but complementary, worlds occurs in this underworld where human beings live.

Through 12 masterpieces, you can explore more than 5000 years of history of ancient Peru.

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Circuito mágico del agua and Callao, Lima.

Visiting the city of Lima, you find important attractions, today I want to present two tourist places that you will enjoy, the first one is The Magic Water Circuit.

Located in the Reserve Park, it is named in honor of the reserve troops that were in the Pacific War. This park began to be built at the end of 1926 and was completed in 1929.

I suggest you arrive near 18:00 hrs. There are tourist guides that tell you about the history of the park, as was the construction of each of the pools.

They direct you in a group and you appreciate each one of the sectors. Also in the park you will find food stands, to accompany the raid. The show schedule, in the main pool is at 7:15 p.m., where you will know through visuals the most characteristic of Peru.

The entrance to the park has a cost of 4 soles.

Callao Monumental

Arriving at Callao Monumental you will find the colonial-style houses painted with graffiti that give life to this commune.

Talking about Callao, it reminds me of the colorful hills of Valparaíso in Chile, its ornate streets and picturesque restaurants.

I highlight its exhibition halls where you can enjoy collective photography, paintings and installations. The Pasaje Rola building, you will find different staging of prominent local and international artists. On five floors you will appreciate various art manifestations.

This is free and I recommend it if you are in the city of Lima in Peru.

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Guayaquil – Museum of popular music

Walking through the Puerto Santa Ana de Guayaquil is located a building that contains three important museums, these are: The popular music museum, The national brewery and The Barcelona and Emelec football teams.

In my previous research, I wanted to know the Museum of Popular Music, I found an address known as Shipyard, Numa Pompilio, Peñas sector.

Upon arrival I find the name Julio Jaramillo, this popular porteño singer from Guayaquil, dedicated to Bolero, Hall and Waltz.

To contextualize, this museum is dedicated to honoring the glories of Guaysense musical art, through compositions, authors and performers to whom the collective memory kept fidelity; as well as the management of promoters and promoters that from Guayaquil projected them to the international sphere. It also includes some national artists who made this city their permanent residence.

Admission to the museum is free, here you will learn a lot about the city’s musical activity.

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Guayaquil – Ecuador

To speak of Guayaquil is to refer to its classical, baroque and modern architecture. The buildings in its historic center let you travel back in time, it is appreciated to see the well-maintained heritage of the city.

I emphasize how they maintain Los Colonos Park on Santa Ana hill, if they know a little history they will have found out that it is here where Guayaquil was born in the 16th century.

Among its tourist attractions I mention the Malecon who is located next to the Guayas river, with 2.5 kms away, here you can visit parks, monuments, artificial lagoons, such as the city sign icon, you will find shopping centers, restaurants, craft stalls among others.

Another of the things you should do while in the city is to take a city tour. Here with 8 dollars they show you an important part of its historic center, the mosaic murals, the statues and their meanings, the modernity in transport and commercial stores are highlighted.

If you want to go safely, I recommend that you take this tour, leave from the iguanas square, characteristic place of Guayaquil (Seminary Park). According to scientists, iguanas were established since the time of the colony in the city.

Iguanas

In conclusion, this first impression of Guayaquil, is a beautiful city, well maintained, is more expensive than the common one of the Latin American countries, since the country is dollarized, the food is cheap, you can eat from 2 dollars to whatever you want Spend and transport, well I have only walked in a taxi, and for 4 dollars I have moved from end to end, I do not find it expensive since the distances are enormous, remember that this city has more than one million inhabitants.

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Volunteers and travelers

Palo Santo Backpackers – Máncora Perú

Arriving at each hostel is a new experience, the first thing I find is young people working. When you ask, are you volunteering? The answer is always yes. This time I met very simple and friendly people from Argentina who are traveling and working. In them I highlight Augusto, Aldana and Patricio with whom I had affinity from the beginning. Their jobs are in shifts and generally take turns at the bar and breakfast.

These types of jobs in opportunities have all the comforts, where they are given food and accommodation, with the possibility of using the kitchen to prepare their food or other things. But there are also places like here in Palo Santo that only offers you accommodation, you must pay for the food and you cannot occupy the kitchen. This is certainly a disadvantage for those who volunteer.

Patricio

Some travelers with whom I established friendship.

Here I point to Oliver (a German who was studying in Argentina and who is touring Peru) and Samuel (a Canadian who currently lives in Germany and is traveling for months, he has already traveled great part of the world)

Chilenas, there is always a Chilean when you travel, here I felt very happy to meet a group of Chileans traveling together, they are Elena, Mariela and Constanza.

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Máncora

I will highlight the city of Máncora as a tourist place to party and go to the beach. With only one Long Street (Piura) full of shops and craft fairs, the tenants invite you to try their food stalls and take one or another souvenir.

Tuc Tuc – 2 Soles

Many travelers come to the north of Peru to try their beaches and gastronomy, here I indicate that you can have lunch for 8 soles (all the dishes come with entrance), now according to the tastes of the people, you also find varied food and that is the interesting thing, since It’s not only Peruvian food that you can eat.

Inside the attractions of the city, you can find the Iguanas reserve, here you can see them but not touch them. Many tourists take pictures at the sign of Máncora and its beaches are quite calm, where you can surf, ride a jet ski among other attractions.

In their accommodations, they have a wide variety of hostels, among which I highlight the Loki, who is famous as a hostel and Palo Santo is in front and is where I am staying. I emphasize that they mostly have a pool for the recreation of people, I recommend using a lot of sunscreen, since the sun is too strong.

Beach Máncora

Another of the tourist attractions in the area are the tours to the Mangroves and swimming with turtles, this has an approximate cost of 60 soles.

Palo Santo – Backpackers / 30 soles
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Surf in Huanchaco

To talk about Surfing is to talk about Huanchaco’s identity.

There are several Surf schools in the area where they take their students to the edge of the pier to learn how to ride their first waves. I recommend two schools, the first one is KOA, who has several young instructors who teach passion and respect for the sea. The second is from a family, his name Diego Venegas, they have long worked as a hostel and surf school in the area. But there are many more, I only recommend these that are the ones I met up close and I was with part of their instructors taking classes.


In the anniversary week of Huanchaco, every year the local Surf competition is lived, surfers from different parts of the world such as the US or France come to participate in this summer version.

Tell them something about this competition process, each runner can take 10 waves in a 15 minute span, now it is not necessary to take the 10 waves, since they will be evaluated only the two best waves that run.

Here I point out that the ability of each person to read the sea is essential to take a good wave.

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Amaretta – Artist

Amaretta

My first time listening to music from a local singer-songwriter, this was Tuesday, February 11 at the Terrace of the Frogs in Huanchaco, a hostel that is located about 20 minutes from the moksha, where they do events every week.

When arriving at the place at that time of 20:30 there were already plenty of people, with the passing of the minutes it was filled, mostly French, Dutch, Canadian foreigners among others.

At about 9:30 p.m. Amareta started playing, here it was shown that her personality and vocal performance makes a difference in every musical presentation. The musicians performed a quite pleasant base of syncopated rhythms where they did not go on to bring the group’s appeal, of well-marked Latin American sounds.

Talking to the band and Amareta this is what he told us

How long have you been making music?

Since the age of 11 Amareta has been making music, I have been living in Huanchaco for two years and two months and I am Venezuelan.

How do you define your musical style?

This is a mixture of a lot of land and history, of what we like, I always give a space for musicians to do what they want and give their input in the compositions. When listening to it we find a mixture of Latin American styles.

What musical instruments do we find in the group?

In his current training we use the Peruvian box, djembe, guitars with some flamenco rumba and funk and bass is the Groove of the band.

How was the creation of songs born?

The birth of a song is born from inspiration and then the whole band come together and we put together this melody.

Where can we find you?

In my @instragram amarettafrezca

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Ruins of Chan Chan – Trujillo

Chan Chan – Trujillo Perú

Chimú Capac

The city of Chan Chan is located on the right bank of the Chimor valley, its walled palaces with adobe walls between 7 and 12 meters high with a trapezoidal cut, on its walls we find marine elements, wave symbols, starfish, fish , seabirds, fishing nets, characters in totora horses, among many others, all these elements related to the sea.

In this attractive circuit you will find the Chan Chan site museum, a striking museum that teaches the illustration of natural and regional landscapes. There is a scene where Chimú Capac appears where it is loaded on a bunk on shoulders by four characters.

Each of the sites has its charm, Huaca la Esperalda and Rainbow, in my opinion they are very similar, but it is because I still do not know their history very well, both are ceremonial temples and according to the guides they differ by their figures.

Finally I recommend that you join a tour guide to understand the city, otherwise you will only find ruins, remember Chan Chan is a world heritage site.

Chan Chan city
Chan Chan site museum

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