The first full day in Lima, Peru we were ready to dive in and take in what the country had to offer us. After a light breakfast, we had a brief meeting at 8 a.m. and were out the door by 10. We began the tour of Lima's downtown area. Here we saw old regional buildings with colonial architecture and by surprise ran into a huge group celebrating the last day of carnival.
After being on foot for 30 minutes, we toured the inside of a classic spanish home that is still lived in to this day by a wealthy spanish family. Before noon we were able to visit the Rafael Larco Herrerra Museum. This museum inhabits 54,000 hand crafted artifacts, textiles, and jewelry dating back to 700 B.C. While visiting the museum we were amazed by the lower outside feature that displayed an array of botanical flowers, greenery, and beautiful humming birds. From the museum we took a hour bus ride to another part of lima where we visited Hacienda Mamacona. There we got to ride the Peruvian Paso horses, partook in Peruvian culture through demonstrations of dance, and enjoyed a delicious Peruvian lunch. What a great day! - Ashley Hardesty