Tribute to Bishop Romero (San Salvador airport; Feb. 19)
Ventanilla at night from air ...
Ventanilla Humedales (wetlands) sign, lagoon
Ventanilla seaside lagoon, gate beach
Ventanilla Elektra store
Ventanilla Plaza Vea store at night
Ciudad Deporte at night
The plaque reads:
"Before all citizens and citizens of the world, I leave as testimony this commemorative mural of the 30th anniversary of the martyrdom of Monsignor Oscar Arnulfo Romero, spiritual guide of the nation.
Mauricio Funes, President of the Republic of El Salvador. March 10, 2010.
Note that the same isolated protrusion of lights is visible (from opposite directions) in both the aerial photo and the photo taken from Ciudad Deporte. It is the "Costa Azul" beach resort complex.
Views of Ventanilla from top of ridge:
Plaza Civica, road to beach
broad view toward beach & wetlands
zoom view toward downtown, etc.
toward north: soccer stadium, hill, etc.
neighborhood on south side, Roberto
Ventanilla Alta (toward south) mototaxis
Ventanilla Alta: hillside shacks water tank
That factory was the center of a big controversy in 2003-2004, when I was visiting Peru. It was closed down after a bribery scandal involving the Chilean-owned Luchetti Company. The original permission to build on ecologically-sensitive land should have been denied. On the left is a group of visitors and a sign identifying birds.
The gated, middle-class "Honor y Lealtad" (Honor and Loyalty) neighborhood was established in the late 1990s primarily for retired police officers.
In the Feb. 23 park photo, note the wall at the top of the ridge in back (left side), and compare it to the photo of the nearby shacks taken on Feb. 26.
Ventanilla Humedales birds, houses
Ventanilla Humedales bird ID signs
Ventanilla: "Welcome to the Blue Coast" (beach)
Callao: Rio Rimac ...
Miraflores park: artists' display playground
The long-delayed Lima Metro system, begun during the first administration of Pres. Alan Garcia (1985-1990), finally opened in 2011, near the end of Garcia's second term. Line One extends for 14 miles from Villa El Salvador in south Lima to San Juan de Lurigancho on the north side. It is the longest elevated transportation structure in the world, and is designed to withstand an 8.0-magnitude earthquake. The Avenida Aviacion station is located at a traffic circle on the west edge of the district of Surco. Note Gold's Gym on the left.
The "Casa del Pueblo" (House of the People) is the historic headquarters of APRA, the American Popular Revolutionary Alliance, west of downtown Lima. Note the red star party logo at the top. A banner on the right side shows former Pres. Alan Garcia, obscured by a light post.
A photo of a statue of the party founder Victor Raul Haya de la Torre can be seen in the Feb. 23 batch above.
I took a tour of the Legislative Palace, including the floor of the Peruvian Congress, which has been unicameral since the current constitution was adopted in 1994. The chambers formerly used for the now-extinct Senate now serve primarily for meetings and ceremonies. The four women shown here were the first female legislators in Peru, after women received the right to vote in 1956.
The Mario Vargas Llosa Biblioteca (Library) is located on the bottom floor of the historic Estacion Desamparados, the former passenger rail terminal in Lima. Vargas Llosa is a prolific and world-renowned author who ran unsuccessfully for president (as a convert to conservatism) in 1990. I have some of the books in this display.