4 Essential Literary Houses of Lima (PHOTOS)

4 Essential Literary Houses of Lima (PHOTOS)

Mike Dreckschmidt

Celebrate Peru’s literary legacy with a tour of Lima’s historic sites.

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(Photo: Casa de la Literatura Peruana/Facebook)
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Peru is known for some of Latin America’s greatest authors and poets: César Vallejo, José Maria Arguedas, Mario Vargas Llosa, Blanca Varela, and Julio Ramón Ribeyro, just to name a few. Here are 4 stops to remember in Lima that celebrate the literary past of Peru.

1. Casa de la Literatura Peruana – With permanent exhibitions, a library named after Mario Vargas Llosa, and constant workshops and activities, the “House of Peruvian Literature” is an essential stop for those interested in Peru’s literary legacy. The house is located in Central Lima not far from the Plaza de Armas.

2. Casa Museo Ricardo Palma – The house of the great writer Manuel Ricardo Palma Soriano who wrote from the mid 19th to the early 20th century. He is best known for his work Peruvian Traditions and his house, located in Miraflores, is now open for public tours.

3. Centro Cultural Inca Garcilaso – This center, named after one of Peru’s first literary giants from the colonial era, contains art expositions and is the site of exclusive events such as conferences and book presentations as well as cultural activities. It is in Central Lima.

4. Casa Museo José Carlos Marií¡tegui – Here is another famous Peruvian author’s house that not only contains historic artifacts but also hosts conferences and expositions. It sports an impressive library and is also located in Central Lima.

Besides the Andean country’s well-known culinary prowess or traditional music and dress, Peruvian Literature is yet another strength, albeit one less talked about, and continues to earn Peru a culturally significant place in Latin America and the world.

For more information, each antiquated house or cultural center has an official Facebook page and website to keep you informed on upcoming events and expositions.

Based on original slideshow by El Comercio

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