10 Colorful Shots of Lima

November 3, 2012

It surprises me that it took traveling to Lima three times before I finally saw the raw, colorful beauty of this city.

colorful Lima, Peru
The first time I traveled to Peru last year was quite a culture shock, bracing ourselves more than enough times while sitting through traffic, hoping no car or bus would collide with us. The chaotic traffic conditions were more than enough to enduce a heart attack.

colorful Lima, Peru
The second time was basically over indulging in the cuisine and forming a closer bond with the local medical and nursing team, along with the other new volunteers of HCI.

This time around was about discovering Lima as a whole.

colorful Lima, Peru
After peeling back the many layers of Lima, from its nauseating diesel fumes and gritty streets, to its dreary weather which often times put me in a dismal mood, its raw beauty finally revealed itself to me.

colorful Lima, Peru
As much as I don’t like to compare places, only because each place fully deserves its own identity, this I’ve got to say: Lima reminds me of a run-down, gritty version of Madrid.

colorful Lima, Peru
I never realized until now how Lima is filled with an abundance of green parks, especially around the San Isidro and Miraflores districts.

colorful Lima, Peru
Aside from that, the city is also filled with grand boulevards, bike lanes and green walkways, overflowing with the chaotic traffic, pedestrians, and street vendors.

colorful Lima, Peru
However, what I’ve come to really love about this city, aside from its cuisine, are the colorful houses, colonial buildings, and other important landmarks. The vivid colors truly pop out, bringing about an incredible contrast against the gray skies that endlessly hover over the city.

colorful Lima, Peru
When the sun sets, and the lights turn on, the city truly shines in its own colorful, mysterious way.

colorful Lima, Peru


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  • Reply Browsing the Atlas November 3, 2012 at 11:56

    So pretty! I can’t wait to visit Peru someday. I don’t know when it will be, but I will definitely get there someday.

    • Reply love.antoinette November 4, 2012 at 16:28

      Julie you will surely make it one day! I’m so sure of it!

  • Reply megtraveling November 4, 2012 at 08:25

    This is a great introduction to the city – beautiful pictures!

    • Reply love.antoinette November 4, 2012 at 16:28

      Thanks Meg! Definitely a lot more colorful than I initially noticed before.

  • Reply saving.for.cuba November 6, 2012 at 22:32

    That house in picture 3!!! Melts me!!!

  • Reply Ardun Ward November 10, 2012 at 08:41

    Great photos Antoinette, I really like the one with the tree in front of the red building. I can’t wait to see Lima for myself. Thanks

    • Reply love.antoinette November 11, 2012 at 15:07

      Lima is wonderful! You’ll be heading down to South America in no time!

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  • Reply Sartenada January 11, 2013 at 12:16

    Wonderful shots from Lima. I visited it in the beginning of 70s.

  • Reply memographer March 5, 2013 at 13:25

    This is such a colorful set! Love the Mercedes with Peruvian flag 🙂
    Can’t wait for my trip to Lima.
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    • Reply loveantoinette March 5, 2013 at 14:14

      I actually asked the driver to stop for one second before he pulled away so I can take a photo of him and his car. He was more than happy to!

  • Reply Elle-Rose Williams March 22, 2013 at 04:07

    These photos are lovely! I just love the one of the guy in his car and the first shot of the door frame too. I’d love to have a pattern like that on mine – but I’d probably muck it up or smudge it!
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    • Reply loveantoinette March 24, 2013 at 23:26

      Elle that photo is one of my favorites in Lima! I felt like a stalker as I took numerous photos right in front of the house. That deep purple color is so striking and the unique patterns drew me in closer immediately.

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