03 Feb 2013
Lima, founded in 1535, was Spain’s power center in the Americas. That speaks to the beautiful buildings and boulevards.
They have been occupied by Chile, endured major earthquakes, and had 7,000% inflation, crooked politicians. Just 30 years ago there was guerilla fighting that cost 70,000 people their lives.
This century things have been great Peru. It has had the highest rate of economic growth in all of South America, which also speaks to political stability.
We toured the Rafael Larco Herrera Museum, which has reopened after a five-year makeover. Exhibits were of 5,000 years of pre-Columbian art explaining well Andean Civilization. We are talking about 4,000 years before the Incas. Yet they have 45,000 pieces. Much of it reminded me of Egypt.
These agricultural societies worshipped natural forces and with a high need for human sacrifices.
Everybody likes to chat about the erotic galleries.