Our first local experience was changing money on the street using a gray-market dealer who is sanctioned by the city. He gives the best rates and gets to keep the commissions.
We explored Lima’s streets and architecture (Spanish heritage) from its main square Jiron de la Union to the Lima Cathedral. The old city square (city founded by Pissaro during 5 year Guano War with Chile, Bolivia, Peru. Peru lost 300 miles to Chile; Bolivia became land locked.