You may think you know a lot about Inca civilization but a trip to Museo Larco will impress you with how much more there is to learn. Primarily driven by one man, this museum’s permanent collection walks one carefully and methodically through the discovery, research and cataloguing of the earliest known settlements around Peru.
The tour begins with a 10-minute video, running on a continual loop that alternates between a Spanish version (with French subtitles) and an English version (with German subtitles). All the displays are fully-labeled in many languages, including Italian, Japanese, Chinese, etc.
As the early tribes/cultures developed over time, so did their command of agriculture, textiles, ceramics and metallurgy. This unfolds as one moves from room to room through the exhibition. The culmination is the complete set of funerary decoration in gold, one of the few in existence. See photo below.
It takes about 30 minutes by taxi from Miraflores to reach the Museo, located in the Pueblo Libre barrio of Lima, but don’t be put off by that. The visit justifies the travel. Go there.
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