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June 2, 2003

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Pizarro founded Lima as the colonial capital in 1535. Even though he is a wretch of history, a commemorative statue stands off to one corner of Plaza Mayor, a pedestrian thoroughfare. Lima sprawls along the coast, composed of many districts. We stay in the city center, where we find the biggest selection of cheap hostels and cafes. When we crave richer surroundings, we take our chances on the local buses and visit the suburb of Miraflores, an 'uptown' area.
Lima practically falls into the ocean. The buildings hug desert cliffs. Gardens along the top and creeping ivy along the cliffs splash green.