Having enjoyed the walk through part the leafy Lima suburb of San Isidro yesterday, I looked it up on the internet to see what else it had to offer. A huaca, that’s what. Amazing isn’t it. More than 61 years without ever seeing a huaca and then 2 within the space of a fortnight. This one is called Huaca Huallamarca and has been restored , although, apparently it differs quite a bit from the original structure due to the various stages of construction and destruction it has gone through in more than 2000 years.
I decided to stick with the walking theme and left the hire car at home, it goes so well with the penthouse. I do not have a map of the San Isidro area but I had a good look at the location of the huaca online before leaving home. It seemed straightforward enough. Well, at least up until the point where I took a left turn where I should have taken a right.
Realising quite quickly that I must have made an error and spotting a Starbucks nearby, I decided to take some well deserved refreshment and ask for directions. Two more mistakes there! A cappuccino cost me more than a full breakfast with coffee would elsewhere and the staff had no idea where the huaca was. The guy serving, spoke reasonable English so there was no communication issue, even though I had asked for directions in Spanish. Well, hooray for Wifi, as I did a quick search while waiting for my coffee to cool and found that I was less than half a mile away from my target. I had just taken a parallel road.
Ten minutes later I was at the huaca, looking at this enormous ramp that went from the ground to summit of the pyramid and thinking, ” this is so wrong, on so many levels”. Apparently the ramp has been put in such a way as to make it more tourist friendly.
There is a small museum with some artifacts that managed to evade grave robbers and the like. It also has a rather gruesome looking mummy. Extraordinarily, there was a wooden face mask which just has to be the original Spongebob Squarepants.
It could be described as an ancient body bag with a wooden head placed on top. Every day an education.
- San Isidro (petecable.com)