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- Taken by
- Jeff Cremer
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- 0.07 Gigapixels
- Date added
- February 10, 2011
- Date taken
- February 10, 2011
Nikon D80 + 70-200mm VR
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Lima - The Photogenic Capital of Peru
Peru is a country renowned for its wealth of photographic opportunities. When you are in Peru, it seems that no matter where you look, it’s difficult not to notice the dramatic scenery, cornucopia of historical subjects, and opportunities for priceless cultural photography. Lima, the capital city, is just as photogenic as other popular Peruvian destinations if not more so. Dramatically situated where a bone dry, subtropical desert meets the Pacific Ocean, the sights and sounds of Lima are enriched by centuries of Indigenous and Spanish colonial culture, as well as the eight million people who call this burgeoning metropolis home.
The options for photography in such an exciting city as Lima, Peru are boundless but some of the main attractions are:
- Plaza San Martin - The combination of fountains, manicured gardens, marble railings, granite pavement, and old majestic hotels that flank this beautiful plaza often reminds visitors of European cities. The centerpiece of the plaza is a monument to the Peruvian who liberated the country from the Spanish Crown, “General San Martin”. Depicted as riding a horse, this sculpture of San Martin makes for a dramatic addition to shots that also take in the architectural beauty of this site.
- Jiron de la Union - A pedestrian walkway that connects the Plaza San Martin with the Plaza Mayor, its busy nature makes it a perfect place to people watch and capture the human essence of downtown Lima. Laughing children, sexagenarian couples with small, black bowler hats that reveal their high-mountain ancestry, city police officers in full costume, and hundreds of other Peruvians making their way down the Jiron provide countless opportunities for portraits of city life.
- Plaza Mayor - Also known as the “Plaza de Armas”, this large, picturesque square is situated in the heart of the city. Being surrounded on all sides by a number of buildings that date back to the Spanish colonial era and the centerpiece of a UNESCO World Heritage site, landscape enthusiasts could spend all day taking hundreds of shots that include the plaza and such breathtaking structures as the Municipal Palace of Lima, Archbishop’s Palace of Lima, and the Cathedral of Lima.
- Bar Cordano - The culinary prowess of Lima, Peru is downright famous and most international food critics are in agreement in naming it the gastronomic capital of South America. Eating and drinking are inherent aspects of Peru and shouldn’t be overlooked when it comes to capturing the flavor of this exciting country. One of the best places to do so in Lima is at the Bar Cordano. Dating from the 1920s, the swinging, “saloon-style” doors, waiters with bow ties, and checkered tablecloths fill this eating and drinking establishment with character that begs to be captured with photography.
- San Francisco Church and Monastery - A Baroque, Spanish Colonial church and monastery that dates back to the 1600s, this complex of buildings is included in the UNESCO World Heritage site of central Lima and rightly so. This beautiful landmark should not be missed by anyone who brought a camera to Peru. A massive work of art, there are innumerable carvings inside the church and one of the altars is shining, solid silver. The lower sections of the San Francisco Church and Monastery were used as catacombs and house the remains of 25,000 church benefactors. Their bones can be viewed and are arranged in artistic, concentric rings.
- Cerro San Cristobal - This 400 plus meter hill in the northeastern part of the city overlooks Lima and thus provides excellent opportunities for cityscapes and huge gigapixel panoramas. It can be tough to demonstrate Lima’s size from her streets but images take from this high point will do the city justice.
- China Town - Large numbers of Chinese immigrated to Peru during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries with many of them settling down in Lima. Their influence is most easily seen in the proliferation of Chinese restaurants in Lima but the heart and soul of Peru’s Chinese community is best experienced in the Barrio Chino or “Chinatown”. The entrance to Lima’s Chinatown is well-marked by a large Chinese arch that was donated by the Chinese government in 1997. Shots of this modern monument not only demonstrate the diversity of modern Lima but can also capture the hustle and bustle of the city as a number of pedestrians are make their way into the frame. Past the arch, Lima’s Chinatown is filled with photo opportunities that take in the wares of eclectic, Chinese-Peruvian shops and the crowds that visit the area for shopping.
- Parque de las aguas- Officially known as the Parque de la Reservas, this downtown Lima park was inaugurated in the 1920s to honor soldiers who fought to defend Lima during the Pacific War with Chile. However, it is rapidly becoming more commonly known for a large series of fountains called “The Magical Water Circuit” that were put on display within the park in 2007. The thirteen fountains make up the largest complex of fountains in the world and have become very popular among locals and visitors alike. Several of these water sculptures are interactive and are lit up with colorful lights during the night. One of the fountains acts as a water tunnel and the largest (known as the “Magic Fountain”) shoots a jet of water 80 meters (over 240 feet) high. While the fountains themselves are worthy photography subjects, they don’t compare to the imagery generated by the many visitors who come to wonder at and interact with the intricate displays of water.
- Miraflores - A visit to Miraflores should always be done after seeing and capturing the sights and essence of old Lima to show the city’s modern side. The spacious streets and tidy parks of Miraflores are excellent places to get an idea of and capture where up and coming Lima is headed, especially so with images of paragliders that soar off its seaside bluffs. They are also a necessary means of demonstrating the contrasts to be found in the Peruvian capital. Ironically, despite it being a newer part of the city, pre-Incan ruins in Miraflores also show that people have lived there for a very long time.
These are just a few of the many sites in Lima that merit photography. With so many more options available in this old yet modern, exciting city of contrasts, half of a day focused on capturing Lima and her people will present an enticing sample of what this metropolis has to offer.
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