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City Secrets from Lima Insiders

Often the people you meet on your travels influence your understanding of a place. During our recent Indagare Journey to Peru, we met with many such individuals in Lima. Here are a few of our favorites.

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Gonzalo Torres: Lima Ambassador

“Lima is my passion,” explains Gonzalo Torres, who has spent the past 14 years exploring his native city for an award-winning TV show on the city’s neighborhoods and residents. “I love the history and the architecture, and I love the stories behind them.” As we explored the ancient ruins of Huaca Pucllana; the colonial center; and a private home that has been in the same family since 1535, Gonzalo explained everything from prehistoric ceremonies and life under the Shining Path to hipster culture in Barranco. He has worked as a clown and a stage actor, but most of the Limans who stopped and stared and asked for a selfie with him know him from his TV show on Lima. Imagine touring a food hall with Anthony Bourdain, and you have an idea of touring Lima with Gonzalo.

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Guiliana Macciavello: Co-Founder of Escudo

“We work with Peru’s incredible fabrics like pima cotton and baby alpaca and great artisans, but also focus on no waste and sustainability,” explains 31-year-old Guiliana Macciavello, co-founder with her sister Chiara, of stylish clothing brand Escudo. The Peruvian pair studied and worked in fashion in London before returning to Lima to create their four-year-old line, which is now carried in small boutiques in the U.S., Mexico and Europe. “Everything is handmade,” she explains, with much of the fabric created by a rural community on hand looms in Huancavelica province and then finished in the studio in Barranco. Each garment marries folk traditions with a modern sensibility and a commitment to keeping heritage relevant. “It’s hard work,” she says, “but it’s cool, because we are getting another generation involved.”

Related: Lima Insider: Guiliana Macciavello

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