Lima, Peru's Magnificent Pre-Columbian Ruin, the Huaca Pucllana, is Seen on This Fridge Magnet
Rising up in Lima's upscale Miraflores District is a relic of the past that contrasts strongly with the surrounding fine restaurants, beaches, parks and shopping areas: the Huaca Pucllana. The Huaca Pucllana is an pyramid built from millions of adobe bricks and it dominates the surrounding landscape. More than Pre-Columbian, this ruin is Pre-Incan, dating back to centuries before the Incan Empire to the "Lima Culture." Despite their great size, the ruins were only discovered during the construction of a building in the 1970s, and considerable work has been performed since then to stabilize and restore the site. This souvenir magnet from Peru shows how the bricks have been placed upright, like books on a shelf. The site's accessibility and curiousness makes a must-see, as well as a source of distinct souvenirs, for any Peruvian souvenirs voyage.
Exploring Lima's Miraflores District Beyond the Huaca Pucllana
While Lima's Old City may be the administrative and historic soul of the city, Miraflores is where she keeps her modern spirit. The neighborhood abuts the Pacific and has a number of small, but swim-able, clean beaches on its "Costa Verde" (Green Coast). On a high cliff overlooking the coast is the posh Larcomar Mall, a popular destination for those hankering North American restaurants like Chilis and T.G.I. Friday's. For those seeking evening entertainment, the "Calle de las Pizzas" (Pizza Street) is known for its nightlife, popular with the young crowd. In a country renown for its culinary genius - like ceviche and pisco - this area is a true gastronomic gem: close to fresh seafood and rich with options. In general the entire district is rich with restaurants, cafes and bars, all within a safe, walkable context.