LIMA Capital Of Peru

Travel to Lima Peru

VISIT LIMA

“Discover all the cities living within the city of Lima, where the faces, cultures, festivals and flavors of Peru gather together”.

Lima Tours, Travel and Adventures: Lima city, capital of Peru

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Lima is an entertaining, friendly and gourmet city. It was the most prized jewel of the Spanish colonies and for 300 years the wealthiest city in the Americas. Instead of raising palaces for its kings, Lima built grand churches that guard valuable collections of masterpieces and constructed mansions for the aristocracy. Its historic center was declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1991, yet it is much more than this illustrious title. Lima is also a city of fascinating museums that exhibit treasures that were uncovered at archeological sites from pre-Hispanic cultures. Then again, there is also the district of Miraflores, lying on the shores of the Pacific Ocean, facing both the open sea and modern life, where avant-garde condominiums rise sparkling into the sky and glittering shopping malls are within walking distance of each other. You can also find such modernity in San Isidro, with its lovely residential neighborhoods, large parks and restaurants and open air cafes filled with lively conversations.

The outskirts of Lima also have their fair share of attractions. From Callao, you can take a boat ride to visit sea lions and marine birds that find shelter on the Palomino Islands, and, for the more adventuresome, sail out to the continental shelf and watch whales sporting in the waves. South of the city is Pachacamac, a pre-Hispanic complex that was site of the most important pilgrimage shrine in ancient Peru. And a short distance north sits the remains of Caral, the oldest city in the Americas, built 5,000 years ago.

Lima is the main point of entry to Peru and also a chief launching point for trips to the interior of the country.

" Lima is a city where food is a religion and whose temples are its inviting seafood, Amazonian and Andean restaurants as well as those that serve a fusion of Peruvian flavors with others from around the world."

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LIMA TOURS

  • LIMA CITY NIGHT: Discover the beauty of Lima, visiting its foremost architectural monuments beautifully illuminated.
  • FOUNTAINS OF LIMA: Be surprised by the largest compound of electronic fountains in the world.
  • DINNER SHOW: Come for an unforgettable evening enjoying a wonderful dinner buffet and a spectacular show.
  • PACHACAMAC: A unique archaeological and mystical experience; the oracle, temples, palaces, Myths and legends.
  • LIMA MUSEUMS: Larco museum and Archeological Museum.
  • LARCO MUSEUM: The finest collection of gold and silver from ancient Peru.
  • GOLD MUSEUM OF PERU: Come and meet the most famous collection of gold in Peru.
  • GASTRONOMIC TOUR: Discover the secrets of peruvian gastronomy.
  • PERUVIAN PASO HORSE EXHIBITION: A national tradition, turned into people´s pride.
  • CARAL TOUR: Discover the oldest civilization in America.

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Routes & length of stay

3 days (minimum recommended length of stay)

1 day Historic downtown.
1 day Main museums.
1 day Sightseeing in Miraflores and San Isidro.
1 day Callao: the Palomino Islands and Fort Real Felipe (Royal Philip).
1 day Sacred city of Caral.
2 day Lunahuaná and the North Yauyos Cochas Scenic Reserve.

Accommodation and tourist services.

There are many 3 to 5 star hotels in the city that combine elegance, business and pleasure.
You can find tour guides, even for nighttime sightseeing, at places of interest in the city.
Guided tours of Lima and archeological sites available, as well as car rent and taxis.

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Recommended for:

People interested in Spanish Colonial landmarks, who have access to a large number of churches, homes and other landmarks such as the Muralla de Lima (wall of Lima) and Fort Real Felipe.

Archeology buffs, who must visit Caral and Pachacámac.

Cultural tourism enthusiasts, who visit the city’s numerous and noteworthy museums.

Bird watchers, who cannot miss to visit the Pantanos de Villa and the Palomino islands in Callao.

Surfing in the beaches of Lima, gliding, rafting, kayaking and mountain cycling in Lurín.

Various / Others Lovers of fine food, who will find a smorgasbord of options, all delicious and different from each other.

Handicraft collectors, who need to find their way to the tourist markets called “Indian Markets and shopping malls”.

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What to buy?

Crafts from all corners of Peru can be bought at the tourist markets of Miraflores and Pueblo Libre.
Fine clothing made of alpaca and vicuña wool can be purchased at exclusive stores.
There are plenty of shopping malls in the city, the best ones being Jockey Plaza and Larcomar.
The street Avenida La Paz, in Miraflores, is well known for its antique dealers.
Jewelry stores offer exquisite gold and silver pieces.

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What to eat?

Called the Gastronomic Capital of the Americas, Lima boasts a grand international table that in many cases is a fusion of different tastes, like the Nikkei, which combines Japanese cooking with Peruvian. Such emblematic dishes as lomo saltado (type of stir fried sirloin strips, a blending of Chinese and Peruvian cooking) are an expression of this marriage, too. Like any other coastal city, Lima owes much to the fish and seafood gotten from the ocean. Cebiches, arroz con mariscos (rice with seafood) and conchitas a la chalaca (mussels covered with onions and chili peppers) are dishes of mass consumption and can be found sold from sidewalk vendors to the most refined of restaurants. Pasta also has a strong presence in Lima cuisine, but it is impossible to stop there; the creativity of its chefs allow for daring combinations, like sea bass flambéed in pisco brandy and served with squid and asparagus risotto. Peruvian Creole cooking has a fine showing on the menu, as well, with dishes like ají de gallina (chicke and milk stew), anticuchos (barbecued beef hearts marinated in a spicy chili pepper sauce), mazamorra morada (purple corn pudding) and the ever present cocktail, the pisco sour. And there is more: all the flavors of the nation, from the jungle to the mountains, northern and southern, have found their way into the capital city, joined hands and enriched Lima.

Lima is a very humid city since it is located on the coast. As is customary for all coastal cities, visitors should take the necessary health precautions.

We recommend that you exchange money at banks or currency exchange agencies.
Avoid transactions of this kind on the street.

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IN LIMA PERU: Places to visit and celebration dates

• Main Square. It was here at this spot that Francisco Pizarro founded the city of Lima on January 18th, 1535. Around its perimeter sit famous and grand buildings, like the Government Palace, City Hall, Cathedral, Archbishop’s Palace and Club de la Union Building. Centerpiece of the square is a bronze fountain set there in the mid 17th century.

• Cathedral of Lima. While originally finished in 1622, it has gone through various remodeling periods and now expresses a whole host of different architectural styles: Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque and Neo-classical, all of which have left their particular mark. Inside, true masterpieces of art hang on its walls and preserved there as well are the remains of the Spanish Conquistador Francisco Pizarro.
• Church of Saint Dominic. It is the oldest church in Lima. Lavishly decorated, the one piece that stands out above the rest is the wooden crucifix carved by Juan Bautista Vásquez. Next door is a convent where the remains of famous Dominican saints rest, the likes of Saint Martin of Porres, Saint Rose of Lima and Saint John Macías.

• Church of Saint Francis of Assisi. These church and convent are without a doubt the most notable examples of Colonial architecture in the city. The church’s interior stuns the visitor with pieces like the magnificent wooden seats of the choir, Baroque and Neoclassical retablos (side altars) and religious wood carvings. And, you must find your way to the bowels of the church for there begin the famous catacombs of Lima.

• Church of Saint Rose of Lima. An architectural complex formed by the church and sanctuary. Still standing is the house where the saint lived and the hermitage she built with her own hands so she could devote herself to prayer.

• Church and Monastery of the Barefoot Friars. Originally opened in 1565 as a house of meditation and penance, today it is site of a valuable art collection, mainly displaying paintings from the Cusco, Lima and Quito Schools.

• The Aliaga House. This former residence of one of the founders of Lima, Jerónimo de Aliaga, is now a museum. Above the entrance is a gorgeous balcony built during Lima’s Republican Era, and inside, elegant rooms and attractive patios.

• Torre Tagle Palace. One of the main jewels of 18thcentury Colonial architecture. Uncharacteristically, its balconies, Arabic in style, feature an asymmetrical design on its façade. Besides the hallways, patios and corridors, there is a lovely wood paneled prayer room. Now, it is headquarters of the Foreign Affairs Ministry.

• Park of the Wall. Showcases the remains of the wall that surrounded Lima in the 17th century. An immense statue of the Conquistador and the city’s founder, Francisco Pizarro, stands in the park, and a site museum displays artifacts recovered from the area.

• China Town. Its bustling streets, full of street vendors, malls, banks and stores selling Chinese goods, are the perfect places for enjoying exquisite Peruvian-Chinese food at any of the many restaurants operating there, known locally as “chifas”.
• Acho Bullring. It is the oldest bullring in the Americas and the third oldest in the world. October is the month of the celebrated Lord of Miracles Bullfighting Festival in which the world’s best matadors come to show off their skills.

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Excursions from Lima:

• Fort Real Felipe. Located in Callao, its military architectural style is one of a kind, dating back to 1776. Pentagonal in shape, it is a masterpiece of stone and brick.

• Caral. North of Lima is the arid Supe Valley whose winds sweep over the site of the Caral archeological complex. Tests performed by researchers working there have discovered that the city is 5,000 years old, making it a peer of such great civilizations as Egypt, China and Mesopotamia.
The architectural complexity of its pyramids, where archeologists have uncovered important artifacts such as musical instruments, speak of the high degree of scientific and cultural development of its people.

• Pachacamac. Also south of Lima, located in the Lurín River Valley, this mud city was, according to the mythology of the ancient peoples of Peru, home of the creator god, Pachacámac (“he who moves the world”) and site of the most important and respected oracle in the Andean world. Archeologists estimate that the site was inhabited as early as 200 A.D. and have called it one of the principal ceremonial centers in the pre- Hispanic Americas.

• Lunahuaná. A lovely, sunny valley south of Lima and a perfect spot for adventure sports. If it is food you crave, then order any dish with its river shrimp. Its exquisite wines and pisco brandies must also be tasted. Nearby, rest the ruins of the ancient Inca Wasi (House of the Inca) archeological site.

• North Yauyos Cochas Scenic Reserve. Even the most experienced traveler will be astounded by what this corner of the Andes has to offer. Encompassing the upper Cañete River Valley, this area teems with waterfalls and enchanting lagoons, heaven on earth for trout fishermen. Spread out over a vast area of 221,268 hectares, it is well forested and filled with abundant wildlife. Also worth visiting are the two small villages of Huancaya and Vilca with their bridges erected during the Colony.

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WHEN?

- Anniversary of the founding of Lima.
January 18th. The founding of the Spanish city of Lima is celebrated with live music, parades and popular art fairs.

- Surco Wine Festival.
Second week in March. You can taste wine and pisco brady and even take part in their preparation at the various wineries of the district of Santiago de Surco.

- Pisco Sour Day. February.
Peru’s banner cocktail takes center stage this day at all bars and restaurants in Lima.

- National Peruvian Paso Horse Show.
April 20th – 28th. The show takes place on the grounds of the Mamacona Hacienda (district of Lurín). The best Peruvian Paso horse breeders gather together for this event.

- International Book Fair.
Last two weeks in July. Peruvian and foreign writers meet and greet inside of 53,820 square feet of space crammed with books.

- Lima Film Festival.
August. This is an international film festival where you can watch Latin-American films compete against each other, vote for the winner and meet actors, directors and screenwriters from all over the world.

- Lord of Miracles. October.
The image of the Lord of Miracles (Señor de los Milagros or Cristo Morado – the Purple Christ) exits from its home church and is carried in massive processions through the streets of Lima downtown. By far, it is the most attended religious procession in Peru and one of the most important in the entire world.

- Creole Music Day. October
31st. A traditional musical genre from the coast of Peru that has its greatest advocates in Lima.
Experience its full force at concerts in bars, restaurants, peñas (traditional pubs) and plazas.

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