Huaca Pucllana

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November 1, 2012 by jiejie768

We didn’t have a ton of time for sightseeing on this trip. Okay, maybe we could have fit more in, but we had a lot of grocery shopping and eating to do and movies to see. One day, I didn’t have to be at the conference until 1:30 so we spent the morning at Huaca Pucllana.

I didn’t know there were pre-Incan ruins in Lima until we were looking for something to fill the morning before I had to leave for Universidad Nacional San Marcos. A google search of “things to do in Miraflores” lead us to Huaca Pucllana. It was pretty cool. Our guide thought he was really funny and every once in awhile he was. He is clearly from the long lost Peruvian branch of the Johnstons. It was amazing to learn the history of the area, from the Limas, to the Wari, to the Incas, to a plantation that covered most of Miraflores up until about a hundred years ago. After that, the ruins were a dump, a motocross track, and then finally in 1981, archaeologists began excavating, restoring and preserving the site. Now the president has parties there twice a year and archaeologists work tirelessly rebuilding the pyramids. We didn’t have time to eat at the restaurant right next door but it smelled amazing and apparently the rent they pay to the site covers twenty percent of the excavation expenses.

I set Ryan loose with the camera so we had quite a few photos. Here are a few to enjoy:

The pyramid

The top of the pyramid. It is right smack in the middle of the city.

Some restored pottery depicting sea creatures, which the Lima revered as gods.

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