I have had many wonderful trips with my family to Lima, Peru in South America, which a few times, we did have unexpected things happen to us in the process, but turned out making us laugh in the end. I’ve been born within two completely different races, White from my father’s side and Hispanic from my mother‘s side, which has given me the advantage and appreciation to view the world in various perspectives. Everytime we travel to Lima, Peru, besides visiting our Spanish family relatives, we get a lot from our experience by visiting historical sites, eating delicious Peruvian food, meeting new people, spending time at the beach in Miraflores, shopping around for cultural souvenirs, and so much more!
The last few times I’ve visited Peru with my family, I’ve been noticing and learning so much on how different it is compared to the United States, for example, the food in Peru is much more fresh when you eat it, unlike in the U.S., where many restaurants, stores, and fast-food places keep it frozen for who knows how long till it‘s cooked. Another thing I’ve noticed is that in Peru, many times you have to take a taxi or what they call a “Combi” to get around. In the United States, many people have their own cars to drive, in Peru it’s more rare.
Some of the most interesting places I’ve been to during my visit in Lima, Peru was the “Mujica Gallo’s Private Gold Collection and Weapons of the World Museum”, the “Lima Museum of Art”, the “Legends Park”, and the “Larcomar Mall” that’s by a beautiful beach. In the “Mujica Gallo’s Private Gold Collection and Weapons of the World Museum”, I got to see thousands of gold, silver and brass pieces from Inca cultures and far back, which had so much artwork and detail that impressed me. When being in the “Lima Museum of Art”, there were many artworks I’ve seen that were from pre-Columbian times to this present day and many others that involved historical cultures and places such as Nazca for example. Getting to visit the “Legends Park”, which is huge zoo attraction, was an amazing experience. I had the chance to come in contact with Peru’s most fascinating animals which many, I never seen in the zoos that I’ve been to in the United States, like a llama for example. Last but not least, when being at the “Larcomar Mall”, I’ve got to experience the beauty and excitement there was when shopping there. The mall stores were partially outside giving it a more refreshing field from the beach that is right below the hillside. I got to purchase many beautiful modern and cultural souvenirs there to give out to my family and friends that were in the United States.
My advice on how to make the most of a cultural experience is by visiting the historical sites, trying the cultural foods, and meeting the local people which later you might just end up bonding with. I am truly proud of the fact that Peru is a part of me, it is such an amazing destination to travel to, it seriously has everything that you would be looking for. What I truly love the most is the kind hearted people over there, who many times, treat you as family. My mission when it comes to Peru is to announce about it to as many people as I can because surprisingly, it’s not widely recognized in the United States, which it should be. I just know that once you visit Peru, you will not want to leave.
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