07-Jul-2002 -- My wife Diane and I planned to go to Santiago, Chile to meet a family member. On the way there we stopped a couple of days in Lima, Peru. While there we spent a pleasant day with Dean and Leona Larsen. I explained the Degree Confluence Project to Dean and told him there appeared to be a confluence point in Lima.
Dean had access to a car and he knew Manuel Jesus Angeles, a native of Lima. A call to Manuel soon enlisted his help. We left after lunch. Manuel was the driver with Dean as the navigator. I was the observer and photographer.
Lima is a city of 7 million. It is divided into what are called districts, each of which has a name, such as San Isidro, La Molina or Miraflores. Our pre-trip map review showed that this confluence point is either in or very near to the district called La Independencia, which is not what would be called one of the nicer parts of town. We didn't plan on spending much time outside the car.
After driving for a few minutes and doing a bit of "confluence dancing," namely, driving slow, going around the block, backing up, we reached the coordinates shown in the upper of the two GPS views. This photo was taken while the GPS sat atop the car, part of the roof of which can be seen in photo #1.
Manuel and I proceeded on foot. We went directly across the street. It appeared that the confluence point would be inside the three-story red brick building. We thought about going around the block to investigate possible access from the other side, but after a few steps changed our minds. I took there other photos from that point. These photos show the lower of the two GPS views as well as typical street scenes.
It is winter in Lima, which means the sun is not seen much for about 6 months. The daily temperature extremes don't vary by more than 4 or 5 degrees Celsius. The only rain that falls is a sort of mist.
My thanks to Manuel and Dean for their help. Sorry, Dean, I forgot to get a photo of you. As always, my thanks to the Degree Confluence Project for giving me a reason to explore. A bad day exploring is better than any other day!