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. 

Comments

  1. Cladio Soler
    February 6, 2010, 4:57 pm

    Andrew. I am really glad you are travelling in my brother’s company (Marcelo Soler). I think both are discovering the Patagonia and it’s beauties. You plan to go Anctartica? Wow !! Lucky you ! May it’s not the same because the weather. God willing, people’ll understand the critical condition of this loved pachamama. Greetings from Córdoba. Trust on Marcelo. He is a very wise person.

  2. Claudio Soler
    February 6, 2010, 5:22 pm

    Anctartica.
    So to speak, just around the corner.
    Enjoy the travel !

  3. David
    February 8, 2010, 5:20 pm

    Antarctica is my dream travel destination.I wish to go there once in a lifetime.It is a perfect place for
    weekend getaways.

  4. storesonline_229
    February 19, 2010, 8:06 am

    This is a great post i have come across.Thanks for sharing such a great article with us.I just like it.Keep blogging.

  5. marco mendoza
    March 3, 2010, 4:08 pm

    This was an amazing post. Living in Lima myself I have seen over the years how the skater culture has really grown! It’s unfortunate though that the Municipalidad de Miraflores is apparently against skateboarders in Miraflores parks, since they have used dangerous and pathetic methods to try and expel skaters. Here is a link to an article which has some RAW video footage submitted by a fellow Limeño that shows the municipal police throwing dirt and rocks onto the public walkways and paths in an attempt to prevent skaters from using them.
    http://intiaperture.blogspot.com/2010/02/municipalidad-of-miraflores-are-anti.html