Feb 17, 2012
A few of the folks from Peru Through the Lens were in Lima early. Last night I headed out with one of our participants, Monika. We went to a very well known spot in Lima called Cuidad Magico del Agua. It is a park with fountains and at night they have a fantastic light show.
We asked at the hotel for them to hail us a cab and we said we wanted to pay $10 Soles. He did try a few taxis, but all said $15. So, in the end we headed to the other side of town for $15 Soles.
The taxi drivers have all been very friendly and many of them are eager to practice the little (or lot) of English they know. Our driver last night talked away about all kinds of things including that he’s 48, divorced, has a 7 year old girl and then proceeded to ask if each of us were married. HA HA HA Monika wondered if he was hitting on us, but I honestly think he was just making conversation about the things he knows.
He pointed out a few very sketchy areas of town as we drove through and we promptly locked our doors. He made sure to let us know never to be in those areas. Not to worry, they are way too far to be walking from our hotel anyway, so no possibility of mistakenly stumbling across them.
Once we got to the park, we found our way to the entrance (ingresa) and wandered in to see the beautiful fountains. I think there were something like 12 large fountains in total. Each one is different, some more spectacular than others and some set up for walking through or playing in. Some have music, some have color. Really overall, very beautiful (bonita).
Here are a few shots of the City of Magic Water (loosely translated).
The next couple of pictures are of the main fountain during the official light show. The fountains are lit up all night, but during the show, they have extra special effects and music.
There was this really great fountain that people young and old were playing in. The water rises up and falls in different patterns. Literally hundreds of people were here at a time playing in the fountain and screaming when the water surprised them. There were people in shorts and t-shirts, swim suits, jeans and even appeared to be one girl in a white t-shirt with no bra! It’s not like Canada here!
After the show, we wandered around a bit more to make sure we took in all of the fountains, then we made our way to a taxi which was only $12 Soles on the way home!