Get there about 11:45 AM 7 days a week, to see the Changing of the Guard. It's actually very amazing with the beautiful Colonial place in the backgroung the band plays National Treasures, and even a few contemporary latin pieces, then there's the Pomp and all that....and the marching, and the yells, and finally, the Guard Change.....A must do!
After, walk around the right side of the palace all the way till the street turns right (right as you're looking at it from the front), there's a 105 year old restaurant call Bar Cordano at the corner end....every Peruvian President in the has eaten there. It's a little local spot, not expensive, or pretentious, just an Itialian corner bar, with the tile floor so old, it's lovely, and rutted with 105 years of walking, and the old bar and granite trim....They have the sandwiches with nice pork and ham, my fav was the Lengua di Sala and Aroz (Beef toungue in a nice red sauce, with rice). very tender, old world flavor, Salads, Ceveche, and so much more....Have a Beer, or a Pisco Sour, or try the Ciche Mareno ( a corn juice drink with spice), it's non-alcoholic, and it's refeshing, and strangley nice!...........after a nice little lunch walk on a block more and take a tour of the St Francis Church with the underground tombes, and the old library, short tour, just a few soles, and they have in English Tours, and it's a great place to get away from thre sun, nice and cool, and very very beautiful in it's Catholic way!
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