Lima is the capital of Peru, and is located in a valley which crosses the river Rimac. It is considered the most significant cultural, economic and industrial center of the country and the most important city in South America. The city stretches from the Pacific coast in valleys and high mountain slopes and is characterized by a mixture of early colonial architecture, neoclassical and Art Nouveau style. The city is full of squares, rich historical and cultural buildings, monuments, wonderful churches, water fountains and statues. The historic center of Lima was declared a UNESCO World Heritage protected by UNESCO.
Plaza de Armas is the heart of the city is concentrated in the historic Plaza de Armas, which includes the most historical buildings and the most important sights, like the Primate's Palace, the Cathedral and many others.
San Francisco monastery: The monastery of San Francisco stands out from the crowd of historic religious buildings of Lima, with its bright yellow exterior form and beautifully preserved colonial form. Interior features impressive baroque architecture, Moorish style with a gorgeous geometric Dome, while overflowing from everywhere an incredible peace and tranquility. Don't miss to visit the remarkable library of Temple, with huge books and old historical texts. Special interest causes the small tour in the catacombs of the temple, containing about 70,000 burials.
Palacio de Torre Tagle: In the Plaza de Armas is a stately Palace, dating back to the 18th century, made with typical Baroque style and strong influences from Arabic elements.Special is the façade and the typical beautiful balcony of the building. Now housed in the premises of the House of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Peru.
Parque de las Leyendas: On the ruins of a pre-Incas city lies the Park de las Leyendas, with a Zoo consisting of about 270 different species of animals, such as amphibians, reptiles, birds, mammals, fish, from different natural regions of Peru.
Museo Larco: Museum Larco was founded in 1926 by a specialist collector and is housed in a historic 18th-century mansion, which contains valuable collections of pottery, ceramics, ancient artifacts, Mummies and much more.
National Museum of Archaeology, anthropology and history: It is one of the largest and oldest museums of Peru, which includes collections with thousands of artifacts from the whole spectrum of human presence in Peru.
Museo Pedro de Osma: Museum is housed in an old manor house surrounded by gardens and exhibits priceless collections of art, jewellery and aristocratic Colonial furniture and unique pieces of art on canvas.
Museum of Arms: This museum contains collections of weapons, from the mammoth season and many ancient strange guns.
In Lima you will find as public transportation, small traditional buses, a more modern bus rapid transport system, train and taxi at very good prices.
Select a hotel at most civil areas, which are considered safer. You will find several good hotels at great prices and with ideal facilities for a comfortable and pleasant stay.
In Peru come across many interesting activities for getting to know and to learn its history. Start exploring the historical Huaca Pucllana site, the popular area of Lima, with its ancient ruins and enjoy a meal in the excellent restaurant, the renowned local flavours. The Park de la Reserva will find the "magic water" circuit, where dozens of fountains offer plenty of fun. Along the coastal road El Malecón, you will enjoy a beautiful ride with stunning views of the sea. In the beautiful area of Miraflores, you'll find the most fashionable bars, clubs and fancy restaurants. South Coast Miraflores is located most Bohemian quarter of Lima with beautiful examples of 18th century architecture distinctive, elegant café, colorful restaurants and exciting nightlife. Chorrillos district will enjoy the most beautiful scenery of the Bay of Lima, where is the famous beach resort and the city's Planetarium.
The country has an abundance of flavors in fresh fish and seafood, which have particular taste because of the different kinds of plankton they eat. Throughout the city you will find excellent traditional restaurants serving tasty gastronomic delicacies. The most famous local specialty is the Ceviche, which is a mixture of raw fish, chillies and peppers. Many dishes have Spanish influences and others in Peruvian cuisine. Everywhere you will find restaurants of all cuisines of the world and the most famous fast food chains.
The city is not known for its shops and markets. Nevertheless you will find authentic local shops, with very beautiful folk art, local traditional folk musical instruments and very nice souvenir.