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Divided by class, Peruvians united in love of beach
A woman snacks on mango fruit as her grandson plays nearby on Agua Dulce beach in Lima, Peru.Rodrigo Abd / AP
While Lima's elite spend their summer weekends in gated beach enclaves south of the Peruvian capital, the working class jams by the thousands on a single municipal beach of grayish-brown sands and gentle waves.
Until the mid-20th century, Lima's lower classes couldn't afford beach-going, said Juan Pacheco, a historian of the city. Road-building to the coast solved that, and the rich began to largely abandon Lima's beaches to the poorer set.
Now, the only barrier to entry to Agua Dulce beach is two dollars, the price of bus fare to get there and home.
On some weekends during the Southern Hemisphere summer, which runs from December until March, as many as 40,000 people a day visit the half-mile-long strip of beach. They arrive in groups of 20-30, hauling enormous pots of fragrant chicken and rice.
– Associated Press
Editor’s Note: The images for this blog post were shot from January to March, but made available to NBC News today.