Villa de Guadalupe
Punta del Este
Lima, the capital of the third largest country in South America and a very impressive city, was the capital of the Spanish Empire of most of South America during colonial times and “old money” is not hard to find there. One can view several styles of architecture from all glass high risers and buildings on the cutting edge, to edifices with centuries old colonial style reflecting the good taste and economic well being of a settled culture.
Several of the older colonial buildings including the Presidential Palace and the Lima Cathedral can be found downtown. Interestingly enough the greatest detail of many of these older buildings can be found in their balconies. Made of expertly sculpted wood they appear to be totally enclosed.
The streets and roads we traveled were wide and well maintained. Although we did not drive the traffic was not congested. Telecommunication systems, like telephone and Internet access, were working as efficiently as in the USA. The hotels had Internet available around the clock for free during our trip in the year 2000. Also we had no problems finding middle class restaurants all over the city. We’ve had no complaints and there is no doubt in our minds that we will visit Lima again.
We have a friend in Lima, Señor Teodoro Linares Mayo or as we call him Víctor, who drove us around Lima and did an excellent job. Our understanding is that he is also a licensed accountant. Should you have any questions about our stay in Lima or any other concern with the city, he is the person to talk to.