Plaza de Armas Lima Peru

Plaza de Armas in Lima, Peru is a wonderful place to enjoy site seeing around the old center of Lima.  There are many attractions and tours in and around the plaza and it is probably my favorite place to visit in Lima.

The center is famous for the famous fountains at the center of the square located directly in from of the Presidential Palace, Lima’s Main Cathedral, The Catacombs, and plenty of shopping and dining options.  Chabuca Granda is located just south of the Presidential palace and accessed via the walkway between the Presidential Palace and the modern fountain in front of the banco de credito.

Chabuca Granda is a fantastic place to visit on Saturdays.  Settled atop what was once a major train station and later the old polvos azules, Chabuca Granda in Lima Peru offers fantastic views of the Rio Rimac as well as the old bridge leading to Rimac which is now a pedestrian walkway aside from the military vehicles accessing the Presidential Palace.  Saturday afternoons beginning at lunch time there is normally a Peruvian Gastronomic Festival where you can enjoy nearly all of the classical Peruvian dishes prepared to perfection and at a very reasonable price.  You will also find arts and craft booths set up selling all sorts of wares.  From afternoons until they sell out you will also find licensed street food vendors here and this is where I go to get my Anticuchos and Pancita con choclo most evenings.  They also have Gelado, ice cream, Picarones which are great and other sorted fare.  All at typical street food prices but the food here is always prepared well.

Jiron de la Union is a pedestrian only street though the old district beginning in Plaza de Armas and leading all the way to Plaza Saint Martin.  Here you will find many sit down restaurants from Rustica, Pollo a la Braseria’s, Pizza Palace as well as McDonalds, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Starbucks and a few others.  There are many stores along the way including the larger department stores such as Saga Falabella and Oechsle.  There are also 2 older movie theaters here one being in Plaza Saint Martin, which is  a great place to change dollars.  Be wary of the Tattoo artists hanging out in the middle of Jiron as most are petty thieves and not to be trusted.  There are huge amounts of people here especially at night time just keep a close hold on your valuables or better yet dont take them.  There are several banks and atm’s, money changers and places to get cell phones, sim cards and buy cell phone credit.

The Plaza de armas is also a departure point for the Mirabus and tours to Cerro San Cristobal.  Many other shopping districts are close by as is a sodimac hardware superstore located in downtown lima and others as well.

 

 

 

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Shopping Mall For Real in Lima Peru !

I am not lying if you want to see a real shopping mall like in the united states in Lima, Peru then don’t worry.  You have a couple of options!

Review of Jockey Plaza Lima , Peru

Jockey Plaza is the most upscale shopping and entertainment center in all of Peru if American style shopping is what you are after.  Jockey Plaza houses large department stores and smaller boutique name brand stores in Lima, Peru.  It is located close to the U.S. Embassy in Peru and close to the Polo Gardens, Hence the name, Jockey Plaza.  Here you will find the finer name brand shoppings with many name brand outlet stores and dining.  Jockey Plaza is not the only modern shopping mall in Lima Peru , however!

Located in Central Lima , Peru is the Mega Plaza .  A Shopping and Entertainment facility containing many name brand large department stores, Boutique stores and outlets as well as Fine Dining, and a covered outdoor food court with weekend live entertainment.  They even have a Chilis!  There are a few nice restaurants, an HD movie theater and even a Coney Park Amusement Park with enjoyment for all ages with games, rides and prizes!

Plaza Norte , located close to Comas in Central Lima, Peru.  This shopping center is complete with large department stores, food court, boutique stores and apparel, Movie Complex and Amusement Entertainment Facility with rides and games for all ages including Lima’s only Ferris Wheel!

Larcomar located in Miraflores Peru on the Costa Verde located above the Rosa Nautica Restaurant.  They have a Tony Roma’s restaurant, many other fine dining establishments as well as a couple of cafes overlooking the sea and coastline.  There is a coney park arcade, a movie complex , smaller boutique stores and nightlife with several nightclubs.

 

 

Cruz del Sur Sucks

Mochileros Peru Budget Travel Guide

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Cruz del Sur aka Curz del Sur Not Recommended!

I want to start off with saying I am completely disgusted with my entire experience with Cruz del Sur. Unless trouble is what you want on your journey I suggest that you try another bus line. While traveling through Peru with my Peruvian wife and our 3 kids we have taken many bus trips. Normally we try to get the best deal for the best service.

After a fun filled week in Vichayito Beac, Mancora, Peru we had to get home. We were unable to get seats on Civa Exclusiva and decided to try Cruz del Sur for the first and last time.

I have always compared the rates for Cruz del Sur and until now always chosen to take a more affordable bus line. They charge 12 soles that most of the other bus lines, and from the english website…

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Gamara : Where to buy Clothes in Lima Peru

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If cheap bargains are what you seek when shopping for clothes then you might want to check out the Gamara in Lima Peru.  The Gamara is a 30 square block complex closed to traffic which is home to Lima’s fashion District.  This is where most of the garments are made and sold.  Here you will find everything from shoes to swimsuits and everything in between.

The Gamara is about a 10 minute taxi ride from the Plaza de Armas (s./5 fare).  You will have to pay an extra sole if you dont want to walk a block to the gates, recommended if you are without local guide.

This place really reminds me of New York City.  Upon entering the gates you will find tall buildings stuffed full of little boutiques or stalls filled to the brim with all sorts of clothing and accessories.  Most of the clothes are made here…

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Stuck in Peru Missing America

So you are stuck in Peru and you are thinking of all the great things back in the old USA.  What would you choose to look for to remind you of home? 

American Beer, no reliable sources

McDonalds, available in Lima and Cusco but Bembo is a much better Burger and Aji Sauce

BK Burger King, located in Parque Kennedy

Kentucky Fried Chicken, KFC, Near Lima Center and Parque Kennedy

If its only a Burger Craving check out Bembo I love the place I go there instead of the US places the meat and fries kick butt and all have Aji Sauce Man I love Peru.

Hot Wings, Check out the Old Pub on Calle de las pizzas in Miraflores.

Pizza Dominoes is everywhere in Lima although super expensive last time I checked like 15 bucks US for a medium two topper.

If its only Pizza you seek check pizza palace plaza de armas or any Rustica I like Rustica great parrilla and salads.  Chop of Beer for S./18 steep but not in the clubs around lima.  The new Rustica near olschle Lima Center has music and dance floor too.  Nice little spot much closer to us than the one at Calle de las Pizzas.

Check for NFL football at the local casinos in downtown Lima on Sundays.

 

 

Peru Arroz Con Pollo Rice with Chicken

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Arroz Con Pollo is an all time classic in Peruvian Culinary Art.  This is my own recipe.  Enjoy!

Chicken Thighs and legs

white rice washed

Can of Peas and Carrots

2 pieces of fresh garlic

half bundle cilantro

salt

pepper

Aji Amarillo very important

dark lager beer

vegetable oil

cumin

Fry chicken in stock pot with oil and minced garlic a little cumin.   In a blender mix cilantro small amount of oil beer and one aji amarillo and a little water.  Once chicken is golden brown and cooked add peas and carrots, blended mix and  bring to boil.  Add washed white rice return to boil.  Reduce to low heat and wait for rice to cook.  Once light simmer, cover with foil and lid keep on low heat until rice raises and serve!  Enjoy! 

Serve with Papas Huancaina Recipe to come