Andrew home Photo gallery Peru, 2004:
Lima & Ventanilla
(Part II)

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Plaza Bolognesi, on the southwest edge of downtown Lima. Lots of smog...

A neighborhood park in a newly developed residential area of Surco, a middle class suburb on the southeast side of Lima.

Fruit market, in Surco. Yum, yum!

Rio Chillon, sadly strewn with garbage, seen from the highway north of Lima. Given the ecological fragility of the surrounding desert habitat, this really ought to be a park or nature preserve.

The highway to Lima, seen from a pedestrian overpass, in Ventanilla, a "satellite city" which was carefully planned back in the 1960s. This is looking south, toward Lima.

Some friendly construction workers, building a new grandstand for the soccer field in Ventanilla. Straw mats are widely used as temporary barriers and shelters in Peru. That's how the houses in the "pueblo jovenes" (young towns, see below) begin, in fact: Four large mats, four steel rods, and you've got yourself a (temporary) home.

The sprawling Ventanilla Alta (translated as "Ventanilla Heights"), a poor but gradually improving area on the east edge of Ventanilla proper. The care they take in planting gardens and trees is truly commendable. Unfortunately, houses that are built along such steep slopes are susceptible to earthquakes or -- on the rare occasion when it rains here -- mudslides.

Ciudad Pachacutec, a brand new "pueblo joven" in the desert about two miles northwest of Ventanilla, not far from the beach. People from the interior of Peru move here in search of a better life even though there is no water service, electric utilities, or sewer systems. From a rational perspective, this is totally insane.

Ventanilla ecological reserve, a hopeful sign of concern for the future, even in the midst of economic desperation.

Future Kids primary school, in Ventanilla. Self-inflicted "cultural imperialism," you might say.