Peru’s capital is a city full of contrast, where the culture, gastronomy, history, nature, and modernity blend to give birth to a magical experience that will put your 5 senses to the test. Located in the central coast of the Pacific, the “City of Kings” has a broad tourist offer capable of pleasing the most demanding visitor. The historic quarter was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO; besides, its architecture, culinary tours, and spectacular natural landscapes, make Lima the favorite destinations of those who love culture.
Unmissable sights in Lima
You can start this tour at the Plaza Mayor de Lima (also known as Plaza de Armas or Main Square). You will find impressive monuments that reveal Lima’s viceroyal past, such as the Palace of Government, the Municipal Palace or the Archbishop's Palace, the Plaza San Martin square, the Chinese Quarter, and the world’s largest water fountain complex, called Magic Water Circuit. The old houses with their characteristic balconies catch all the eyes during the tour.
Culture and archeology
Out of the 50 museums of the city, the most important are the National Archeology, Anthropology and History Museum, which contains an impressive collection of textiles (it also includes the house of the Libertadores, home of Simón Bolívar and José de San Martín); Gold of Perú Museum, with its large collection of artifacts made by pre-Inca civilizations; the Museum of the Nation and the Museum of the Art of Lima, which boast a collection of over 12,000 pieces. Another place of great tourist interest is Huaca Pucllana, Lima’s most studied archaeological spot. It is known for being a ceremonial center of ancient civilizations, which is now safeguarded by cultural heritage protections laws.
Cerro Azul is the ideal location for extreme sports fans. This district is famous for the practice of surfing, sand boarding, trekking, and cycling. Chorrillos, besides offering panoramic views of the coastline, hosts the San Cristóbal Hill. Visitors can get there by walking or taking small shuttle buses known as “urbanitos”. This is a natural viewpoint that boasts spectacular views of the entire city.
It is impossible to travel to Lima and not try its worldwide delicious cuisine. A must in any trip to Lima is to take a gastronomical tour, including visits to different markets where you can try fresh fruits; tours around acclaimed restaurants; lunches at the Chinese quarter, and visits to famous beach resorts. The most sought-after dishes are papa a la huancaína, ají de gallina, and causa and lomo saltado.
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Miraflores is one Lima’s districts where the entertainment and nightlife blend with the commerce, history, and culture. In this area you can find art galleries, cafés, shopping centers, restaurants, casinos, and clubs. The Barranco district is known as the main bohemian neighborhood of the city. It has a broad range of restaurants, clubs, and pubs. One of the tourist attractions is the Puente de los Suspiros, a wooden structure surrounded by picturesque establishments.
-The national currency is the Nuevo Sol (PEN). Money can be exchanged in banks or authorized exchange houses; most of them are located in Miraflores.
-Most banks are open from 9 am to 6:30 pm, Monday through Friday.
-Shops are usually open from 9:30 am to 8 pm, although some stay closed on Sundays.
-Official taxis (identified by the color yellow) are the safest option to move around the city. Keep in mind that these don’t use taximeters, so agree on the fare beforehand.
-If you are planning to eat raw fish or shellfish, it is advisable to do so at formal establishments to avoid the risk of salmonella or food poisoning.
-Do not carry objects of value openly; avoid non-tourist areas at night.
Tips for your trip:
Climate:Dry and semi-warm
Highs:27°C | 81°F
Lows:14°C | 57°F
Terminal: Jorge Chávez International Airport (located 40 minutes away from Lima).
To enter Perú, you need a valid passport. Citizens from Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, Ecuador, Colombia, Bolivia, Venezuela, and Chile are allowed to enter Perú using their national identification document.
Currency: Nuevo Sol (PEN)
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