Andrew Evans offers a glimpse of skateboarding culture in Lima, Peru.
As I was wandering Peru’s capital city, I found myself drawn to Miguel Grau Park in the neighborhood of Miraflores. The view of the Pacific Ocean from the top of such high cliffs is simply enchanting–and what did I find on the other side? An open-access skate park that was busy with some serious skateboarding and freestyle biking. Maybe it’s because I’m traveling to Antarctica primarily on wheels, but I had to stop and catch the some of the ramp and half-pipe action.
Skateboarding culture is fairly universal but the way country and city governments react to it varies widely. I was impressed that Lima offered such a quality park for free and even more impressed by some of Peru’s professional skateboarders who were there giving free lessons to novices. I snatched this quick video so that you skaters out there know what you’re up against in Lima.
Andrew is back on the bus and traveling through Argentina. Follow his Twitter feed @Bus2Antarctica, and the map of his journey here. Bookmark all of his blog posts here, see videos here, and get the full story on the project here. Photos by Andrew Evans.