Advanced, well-armed Spain wanted gold. Primative South and Central American indigenous people had gold. And for the next couple of hundred years following Columbus this dynamic drove the conflict between these two groups resulting in the decimation of the latter.
Lustrous, luxurious, glistening, gleaming gold. Gobs and gobs of glorious gold. Enough gold to drive an empire. And that’s just in this museum.
No wonder Portugal wanted in on the action, but all they got was Brazil. And parts of Africa, the Indian subcontinent, some of the Maluku Islands, the Azores, Cape Verde, Madeira, and the non-Trump casino properties in Macau (you know, casinos that actually make money).
Not all that is photo-worthy resides inside the museum. Make sure to tour the grounds for some great photo opportunities.
There’s also a very delectable restaurant located on the grounds. Go there for a taste of Peruvian food and a comfortable, outdoor dining experience.
Would you believe that the ancient Peruvians were a bit on the risqué and bawdy side? Located inside a separate gallery at Museo Larco is an exhibit of Peruvian erotica dating back thousands of years.
I promised on Monday a very brief look at what’s inside this particular gallery. After scanning some of my shots you’ll find one of the less graphic images posted below. On the left is what appears to be some sort of smoking implement, perhaps a pipe. To the right is a selfless and caring individual obviously performing the Heimlich Maneuver on a poor choking victim. That’s my story, and I’m sticking to it.
Finally, as you leave the museum you’ll find the gift shop where you can purchase ancient Peruvian artifacts. Well, not really. They’re museum-quality reproductions.