Visit These 5 Colonial Towns in Peru

If you thought Peru was all about its big city Lima and historical sites such as Machu Picchu think again. This is a country that was colonized by the Spanish for hundreds of years. While colonization is always tragic, demeaning and exploitative, it leaves behind grand buildings, an infusion of cultures, and stories that are told for hundreds of years. Sometimes, it is helpful to look at colonization from this perspective, and admire all those beautiful towns and buildings which are vestiges of a violent past. Read more..

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The Churches of Historical Lima

The colonial architecture of Lima is amazing in itself, but I would highly recommend that travelers plan at least one day exploring the churches. I have spent several afternoons exploring them and have enjoyed their beauty immensely. The Cathedral in Plaza Mayor is typically more visited by tourists because of it’s size and location, but there are so many options less visited that can allow a visitor a more personal experience. [Continue reading…]

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Reconciling the Past in Colonial Architecture

I sat down in Plaza Mayor observing the beauty of Lima and its people. I saw many people with their friends or family, as well as other tourists exploring the sites. There was a lot of bustling going on in the streets and plenty of street vendors trying to earn a little money. Yet, when I sat down I felt reminded of my travels in Europe and began ruminating about how the symbolism of this colonial architecture could impact the general Peruvian psyche. [Continue reading…]

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The Monastery of San Francisco

If there is one thing I loathe about travelling, which obviously is next to nothing,  it would be the dreaded concept of a guided tour. I have never been one to follow the beaten path nor do I admire the idea of being herded like cattle through rooms of antiques by someone who is reciting a script. Nevertheless, today I swallowed my pride and inhibitions and followed the cargo-pant-tourist-train to the Monasterio de San Francisco. I have to admit the tour did not disappoint as my fellow volunteers and I perused our way through a series of dusty crypts and corridors lined with countless creepy pits of sorted human remains and mounds of skulls echoing with the memory of the past. In other words… I highly recommend this tour. [Continue reading…]

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