With ponto without umbrella
In the capital of Peru – Lima – almost no precipitation. At best, looking out from the window, you will find fog with barely noticeable rain droplets resembling frost. Ordinary at dawn lead clouds to noon are slightly dissipated, giving way for a couple of hours short-lived in these places luminaries, and closer to the evening they are returned. And so every day.
According to local legend, Spaniards, choosing a place for the city, turned out to be a cozy valley, squeezed between Andes and the Ocean coast. And provocateurs-the Indians convinced the conquerors that the perforter was not invented. Forgetting to enlighten them relative to the climate and in the hope that Spanish colonizers do not like here and they will remove from Indian lands. But they remained and built Lima. From the Indian settlement in the capital now there is no trace, but the pyramids with the mummies of the Inca have been preserved perfectly and delight tourists.
As in any decent Latin American capital, in Lima there is its own fashionable area (San Isidro) with villas for barbed wire and maids, walking shops, a mandatory commercial center, an old and very criminogenic DOWN TOWN. And of course, in the main city of Peru have enough poor areas, which in a lot of very long ply American buses, and not rich people exploit broken-down hard limousines 30-40s.
The population – mainly Creoles, mestizos, Indians. However, at the entrance of a five star hotel, in Lima, which are not unique, you will meet two-meter black doorman in livery – tribute to local notions of luxury. People are hospitable and unobtrusive. cheap taxi – for $ 5 and half an hour you are happy to be delivered from the airport to the center.
ours in Lima until there is little, our language can be heard only from the lips of our emigrants of the first and second waves. But the Dutch, the French, the Belgians, the British and Americans in particular – by the thousand. It is clear that all of them come here not for the sake of leisure activities – Pacific beaches are not the best, in addition to cross the ocean only for bathing silly. Aware of the local beauties and antiquities of Europeans travel to Peru.
And it’s time to join them.
Two days is enough to explore the Gold Museum (of course, the Inca), the pyramid times doinkovskoy civilization in San Isidro and Miraflores, a pagan sanctuary, where a couple of millennia ago were made blood sacrifices God Pakamaku. And also to look into the Catholic Cathedral, the Orthodox Church (white) and buy souvenirs in the market of traditional crafts on Avenue La Marina.
On the third day, leaving the rest of the capital, it is better to go to the mountains. The distances in the country are decent, so instead of being dragged along the Pan-American Highway along the coast, you should use the services of Aero Peru. You can just fly to Cusco – at least three days. In view of a number of attractions nemerenno.
Actually the ruins of the ancient Inca city located at the top of Machu Picchu, at an altitude of 3.360 meters above sea level. And the relatively modern eponymous tiny town, with the well-preserved cathedral of the mid-XVI century, was sheltered at the foot of the famous mountain, and the inhabitants of him exist just due to the service of tourists.
On the mountain of the guests will deliver the glorious our helicopter Mi-8 ($ 25 all pleasure), but even cheaper to get along the high-mountain railway, and the last kilometer on serpentine – on a minibus, where a person is closer 7-8. But at the top – the sacred valley of Huataji, and in her – the ruins of the Dovespan settlement of the People of QHosqo, Millennia’s Millennia, Destroyed City of Ollanttambo, Ancient Stone Stamps. All this allowed Cusco to become in the XX century the archaeological capital of South America.
You can spend the night in a decent hotel at the top, but more pleasant to Monastery del Cusco – new, with a needle, a hotel that just opened in a natural monastery. Rooms, respectively, are Celi, equipped, however, all the imaginable benefits of civilization. With the exception of the pool. Peruvians consider him in excess due to the harsh climate (only 11 degrees of heat during the day all year round – the usual thing).
The next item of the route is PUNU. The stronghold of national folklore and traditions on the shore of the highest of the Lake Titicaca existing on earth (3.812 meters). Depth – almost three hundred meters. Sunny and dry, but cold: during the day – plus 7-10, and freezes occur at night. Population – Indians, to this day, living in primitive huts built on floating islands, the two largest of which are the names of the Sun and the Moon.
The lake is reasonably shown by bus, cross the border with Bolivia. And already from the Bolivian coast of Titicaga to make a cruise on catamaran to Huatatata. 75 kilometers on the highway from Huatatata – and you in La Paz, the main city of Bolivia.
The Bolivian capital is the most high-altitude in the world (4.000 meters) and the airport – even a hundred meters above. From any city house there is a wonderful view of the glaciers, and in the city itself, the height difference reaches a kilometer. All the same colonial style does not have time to get bored, but with all the beauties stay there for longer than two days – dangerous to health: high and humid.
Finally, returning to Lima, visit Parakas Reserve. Actually protected areas – on the islands two kilometers from the shore. 20 dollars will be enough to go there on a tour. Locals are modestly called parakas "Little galapagos" And, in general, have it right. Sea lions, flirty flamingos and artistic penguins of Humboldt (in Thraks, in contrast to those intelligent penguins that in "glasses") – Pleasants in communication and always welcome the guest.