Lima and Arequipa: Gifts from the Conquistadors

Peru’s Presidential Palace, located on the Plaza Mayor in the heart of Lima’s historic district.

LIMA, Peru — Peru’s two largest cities, Lima, the capital, and Arequipa, were essentially creations of the Spanish conquistadors. Their historic city centers date from the 16th century and appear on UNESCO’s list of historic sites.

I visited both during a recent press trip. It had been more than 30 years since I had seen either so it was about time I revisited and updated old memories. The refresher course was admittedly quick, but enlightening. [Read more…]

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