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Limais the capital and the largest city of Peru. It is located in the valleys of the Chillón, Rímac and Lurín rivers, in the central coastal part of the country, overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Together with the seaport of Callao, it forms a contiguous urban area known as the Lima Metropolitan Area. With a population approaching 9 million, Lima is the most populous metropolitan area of Peru, and the fifth largest city in the Americas.
Lima was founded by Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro on January 18, 1535, as Ciudad de los Reyes. It became the capital and most important city in the Spanish Viceroyalty of Peru. Following the Peruvian War of Independence, it became the capital of the Republic of Peru. Today, around one-third of the Peruvian population lives in the metropolitan area.
Lima is home to one of the oldest higher learning institutions in the New World. The National University of San Marcos, founded on May 12, 1551 during Spanish colonial regime, is the oldest continuously functioning university in the Americas.
There are 527,759 members in Peru. 10 missions, 786 congregations, and one temple.
Peruvian cuisine varies from region to region, though the staples of meat (beef, pork, and chicken), rice, corn, chili peppers, and potatoes are common ingredients in meals throughout the country. Some popular dishes include lomo saltado (fried meat served with french fries, rice, and onions), anticuchos (barbecued cow heart), and ceviche (raw fish in citrus juice and served with chili peppers). A modified version of Chinese food, known as Chifa, is also popular.
The primary mode of transportation in the city areas of the mission is buses. There are also taxis that are affordable in most areas. In rural areas especially, but also in the cities, three wheeled ‘moto-taxis’ are prevalent and inexpensive modes of transportation.
The area is relatively safe, common sense mission rules apply.
Many Peruvian towns have their own unique festivals and celebrations, featuring music, dance, and special meals. Marinera dancing is a popular feature of many of these festivities. Folk instruments such as the charango, cajón, and zampoña are popular, though modern styles such as rock and cumbia are also popular. Soccer is Peru’s most popular sport, though volleyball is also somewhat popular.
As in most Spanish-speaking missions, the North American missionaries are referred to as ‘gringos.’ Peru is famous for its lingo and slang words and has unique vocabulary words that are specific to it and that distinguish it from other Latin American countries.
Rain gear is needed now that the mission has expanded to include Huaraz. Since the temperature is mild, there is no need for heavy cold gear, but sweaters are appropriate for the colder season. Since the majority of the mission is in the desert of Lima, there aren’t a lot of mosquitoes and other bugs but spray can be used,.
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What did you eat the most of? Ceviche (uncooked fish marinated in lime juice and onion), cau cau (stomach lining), anticucho (chicken heart), and rice and beans.
What is the craziest thing you ate? Cau Cau (stomach lining)
What was most surprising about the culture? Despite the economic challenges faced by most peruvians they are warm and open to foreigners.
What advice would you give to someone going to the Peru Lima Central Mission Mission? Learn the language, understand the gospel, and love the people
What do you wish you had known before you served? Always carry extra toilet paper.
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