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24. Jan, 2010

Historical District of Lima

Historical District of Lima

Taking a city bus from Miraflores to the historical district of downtown Lima cost 1.2 soles, and is about a 1/2 hour trip. Once downtown, again, we just walked around in amazement. There are parks everywhere, and the cleanliness is something we have not seen for some time. Especially after spending so much time in the Dominican Republic prior to this trip.

There are basically two main parks in the Historical district, San Martin and Main Square. San Martin there is a huge park with statue of a big ass horse right in the middle of it. There is also a movie theater here. And the amazing part, at least to me, is that movies where only 5 soles each. So that’s about $1.65. Everything in Lima seems like a good deal to me. From there, you can walk to the Main Square with shops and vendors all along the way. All the vendors are really nice and not pushy at all. Its a welcome change.

Main Square is just that, the main square. The Catedral de Lima is there along with the Government Palace with the changing of the guard. Thousands of people just hang out there every day. Once you get them talking, they are really great. Short as hell, but wonderful people one you get to know them.

07. Nov, 2009

Cartagena

Cartagena

Dancing in CartagenaCartagena is a beautiful city full of color and life. As one of the most exciting cities in the world, Cartagena has a lot going for it. Boca Grande is a peninsula very similar to Miami, full of hotels right on the beach. Clubs, shopping districts, and fine dinning everywhere. I stayed across the bay in a district called Manga. Since I sailed here via boat, I was staying in Club Natico which is a nice place all by itself. It’s really fun to meet other cruisers, find out where they are from, and share stories.

But what Cartagena is really know for is Centro Historico, or the Historical Center of town. Its the largest Colonial Zone in the New World, the upkeep of the city is second to none. At over 400 years old, the streets and buildings are so well preserved they look as though they were constructed yesterday.