A visit to the Lima region illustrates Peru’s contrasting faces. On the one hand, a cradle for civilizations thousands of years more ancient than the Incas who left pyramids and tombs as evidence of highly organized societies. On the other, a political, economic, and cultural center constantly looking to reinvent itself. And in between, a capital city that brings together people from Peru’s different regions and from around the world to create one of South America’s most exciting cities.
For travelers who give it time, Lima gives travelers a chance to experience a city that is vibrant, dynamic, full of history, culture, museums, boutiques, and that offers amazing Pacific sunsets. The cherry on top – Lima is a melting pot metaphor come to life and reflected in its internationally recognized cuisine. Browse our guide below for essential facts, travel tips, and top attractions for a Lima tour.
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Lima Historic Center
Colonial churches, historic houses, the scenic Plaza de Armas and the monumental architecture that surrounds recall the times when Lima was the wealthiest city in Peru. Today, it’s a favorite gathering place for Limeños, Peruvians, and travelers from around the world.
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Lima takes a bohemian turn in the seaside community of Barranco, a longtime hub for Peru’s artists and intellectuals. Wander the quiet streets in search of beautifully restored mansions, colorful street murals, and chilled out bars and restaurants.
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Financial district, upscale residential neighborhood, and home to a surprising array of bars and restaurants, San Isidro presents Lima’s most refined and elegant side. Spend a few nights in pampered comfort at the Country Club Lima Hotel or take some breaths of fresh at Parque El Olivar, a vast olive grove with more than 1,700 trees.
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