Day 43 | Monday, December 5, 2016
I can’t believe we are just 6 short days from finishing our time in Lima, Perú. Perú has been great. Honestly, more than I could have hoped for when we set out on this 7 month adventure exploring different countries and cultures. There have been times I have been stretched way beyond my comfort zone and I have battled withdrawing and hiding from the world but there have also been some pretty good highs where I have felt like we could successfully do this and we might just actually learn Spanish along the way.
Peruvians are very welcoming, warm, and patient people. They are quick to smile, greet you and make you feel welcome in their country. They are proud of their country and the unique experiences it has to offer. I hope to some day return to Perú and especially Lima.
As we enter this week and prepare to move on to Santiago, Chile on Saturday I am scrambling to make sure that all our laundry is done (because we have a washer and dryer in our apartment here) and I am checking our Perú to do list to see if there are a few more things we can squeeze in before we leave.
Day 44 | Tuesday, December 6, 2016
We are a good solid 3 weeks behind on the blog and it is really starting to loom over my head. Today my goal is to get cranking on blog posts and to start getting them published again. We have covered a lot of ground that I would like to share with everyone back home.
Success I have a post scheduled to come out tonight and more that are queueing up to be published in the following days.
Day 45 | Wednesday, December 7, 2016
More blogging and more laundry.
Day 46 | Thursday, December 8, 2016
In preparation for landing in Santiago on Saturday I am spending part of today doing a little research so that we can be prepared with a list of nearby grocery stores as well as what to expect in general when we arrive.
I am starting to get nervous. I have read several accounts of people getting robbed on the street in board daylight, people advising not talking in English on the street as that can make you a target, and I read one blog post where a gentleman that is from Mexico talked about moving to Chile and even though Spanish is his native language he still had a difficult time understanding Chileans.
Oh Perú, you have been so good to us.
Day 47 | Friday, December 9, 2016
This is our last full day in Perú. Wow, 7 weeks has flown by. This morning we are visiting the Numismatic Museum up near the Plaza de Armas to get a look into Perú’s money history. There is something fascinating about money. Maybe it is its roots in gold and silver or perhaps the artistry that goes into creating it. Either way there is something about it that captures my imagination plus I enjoy history.
In an effort to maximize our time at the museum we are taking an Uber up there. Unfortunately, even though we provided a specific address our Uber driver can’t seem to find the museum. We finally told him to let us out at a street corner and figured that we would walk the remaining few blocks. We have walked by the Central Reserve Bank of Perú Museum a couple of times so we are somewhat familiar with the location. With the help of Google maps we arrived within a few minutes.
Entrance to the museum is free, you just need to show them your passport upon entry. The building itself is worth the visit. It is the old Central Bank building and on the main floor they still have the metal bank teller booths. This museum however is not what we are expecting. This museum houses a collection of archaeological artifacts from the Vicus, Mochica, Nasca, Lambayeque, Chimu, Chancay, Chavin, and Inca civilizations. These items are very similar to what we saw at the Museo Larco on Sunday. The interesting thing here is that they are housed in the old bank vault. So we actually got to walk inside the vault. This museum also has two additional floors that are dedicated to folk art and paintings by Peruvian artists. There are a few samples of Peruvian currency in cases located in each of the bank teller booths on your way out of the building.
Fortunately, upon entrance they provided us with a brochure that is in English and there actually is a Numismatic Museum but it is located about 6 blocks away on Jirón Junín between Jirón Andahuaylas and Jirón Paruro. After a 10 minute walk we finally found the Numismatic Museum of Perú. It is a small entrance and not well marked. Again entrance is free you simply need to show them your passport.
This is what we were looking for. On the first floor they have several large machines used for minting coins. Then upstairs they have rooms showcasing currency from the time of the conquistadores to the modern iterations of the Soles de Oro which was introduced in the 1860s, the Peruvian Inti which was introduced in 1985, and the Peruvian Nuevo Sol which was introduced in 1991 and is still the currency in circulation today.
1 Nuevo Sol = 1,000,000 Inti = 1,000,000,000 Soles de Oro
Museo del Banco Central de Reserva del Perú
Exhibits: Archaeological, Folk Art, & Paintings
Address: Jirón Ucayali 271, Distrito de Lima 15001, Peru
Phone Number: +51 1 6132000 ext. 2655 or 2656
Open Hours: Tuesday, Thursday, & Friday 10:00am – 4:30pm
Wednesday 10:00am – 7:00pm
Saturday & Sunday 10:00am – 1:00pm
Free Entrance, bring your passport
Numismatic Museum of Perú
Exhibits: Peruvian Currency & Minting Equipment
Address: Jirón Junín 781, Distrito de Lima 15001, Peru between Jirón Andahuaylas and Jirón Paruro
Phone Number: +51 1 6132000 ext. 5951
Open Hours: Monday – Friday 10:00am – 4:00pm
Free Entrance, bring your passport