Lima; the capital of Peru, located in the valleys of the Chillón, Rímac and Lurín rivers is a must-see if you’re planning a getaway to Peru. When people think of Southern Peru, too often is the beautiful city of Lima overlooked for prominent destinations like Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca. Whilst these are locations which should definitely be experienced, to overlook the high cultured capital of Peru and miss out on venturing the historical ruins, vast museums and traditional and modern cuisines that Lima has to offer would be a mistake. In fact, Lima has many exciting sightseeing tours informing visitors of the rich history and culture of this amazing city. In this article, we will guide you in what we believe to be the must-see locations, monuments, restaurants and so much more, to make the most of your trip to Lima.
One of many museums to visit is none other than Museo Larco. Built during the seventh-century pre-Columbian era, the museum is housed in an 18th century vice-royal mansion surrounded by traditional gardens. The Museo Larco holds by far, the finest diverse collection of Peruvian artifacts and Jewelry in Lima, housing an enormity of Pre-Columbian artifacts to paint a picture of Ancient Peru and the diverse cultures of its people. Whilst your there, it would be worthwhile to take a cheeky look in the erotic sculptures sections, the ceramics showcase the true diversity the cultures Peru has to offer.
Another great museum to visit is the Museo de Arte; Lima principle fine art museum, featuring a collection of Pre-columbian and contemporary art. Taking advantage of the daily run guided tours would be the best way to make the most of your time in the museum.
And yes, I know what you are thinking, it is a church, but don’t let that deter you. The building is filled with ceramic tiles imported from Spain during the 16th century and the yellow, Franciscan monastery features a catacomb in its basement that is well worth visiting. If that’s not enough, the library is filled with a remarkable collection of 25000 ancient volumes of the Spanish Conquistadors and there are guided tours in English as well as admission at the low cost of just a few soles.
There is also the Museo de Oro, this museum houses a fine range of artifacts from a diverse range of cultures and has recently gone through a renovation, the collection has been updated and all pieces shown are completely authentic.
Part of Lima’s rich culture is rooted in religion, and so if you are looking for churches, Lima will not disappoint with the wide array it has to offer. The first, that we suggest you go an see, is the Iglesia de Merced. Located in central Lima on Jiron Lima, it is the site of the very first Catholic mass in South America. Whilst the structure you see today is from the 18th century, the building still holds the beauty of the original structure.
Located on the Plaza de Armes, is the Cathedral of Lima. Although the structure has been rebuilt numerous times due to natural disaster, with the last renovation completed in 1940, the church is still rich with beauty and a great history, featuring the remains of Spanish Conquistador Francisco Pizarro. The Cathedral offers guided tours in English for a small fee; the choir section is one of the most interesting in the church, be sure to keep an eye out.
The Santo Domingo Church was erected by Vicente de Valverde, who was with Francisco Pizarro throughout the conquest. This vibrant, pink church features a convent an enchanting garden and most interestingly, the heads of San Martin and Santa Rosa on display.
Now, Museums and churches are all good and well for passing the days away in Lima. But if you’re looking for some nightlife? Then grab a spare pair of clothes, because you are going to get wet at the El Circuito Magico del Agua. Located in the center of Lima, this park features a series of over the top fountains and light-filled water features. During the Summer, everyone enjoys the water and the park is filled with locals but it is well worth the crowd.
Located not far from Lima, is Huaca Pucllana, adobe ruin dating back as far as 400 AD. In 2010, archaeologists amazingly discovered four intact Wari mummies. If you decide to visit this site, make sure to take a tour as it is difficult to access via public transport.
If you’re looking for something a little more scenic, then try a Summer’s walk along the Costa Verde, located high above the Pacific Ocean overlooking Miraflores. Here you will also find the Parque de Amor, Larcomar, which is a restaurant and shopping complex built into the side of the mountain, where adventure activities, bike trails and hire bikes available to occupy your time.
If you’re a foodie, then Lima is the destination for you. To name all of the best restaurants in Lima Peru, would be impossible in one article…and very long. So below, we’ve named a few worth trying.
With three of the world’s top fifty restaurants all in the one place, you are certainly spoilt for choice. The first restaurant that is recommended in Central, the restaurant reinvents Andean cuisine with a modern twist, and eating here is an experience so cleanse your palate and be prepared for a surprising delight.
Next on the list, is the Astrid y Gaston, owned by celebrity chef Gaston Acurio, this restaurant offers authentic home-cooked Peruvian cuisine with a twist and is located in the Miraflores district and is not to be missed by any true foodies out there.
El Rincon que no Conoces is a bit of a stretch from the center of Lima and Miraflores but well worth the journey. The restaurant was established by National Peruvian legend Tera Izquierdo and has since become a famed favourite amongst the people of Lima.
Not far from the Surquillo market, is la Picanteria; made famous all over Lima, for its delicious range including seafood urchin omelet, stuffed peppers, and Osso Bucco. Featuring traditional plates from all over Peru, this restaurant will supply a hearty meal to satisfy even the hungriest of stomachs.
I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! Blu has some of the best ice cream you will ever taste and that is no exaggeration. Not a fan? Don’t be worried, there are many French patisseries and deli’s to tempt your taste buds all over Lima.
Wanting to try some traditional dishes? Try some traditional Ceviche, which is fish cooked in Lemon juice, served with sweet potatoes, corn and maize. Invented in Peru but claimed by the Chileans, Ceviche is a must try in Lima.
The areas of Miraflores and Barranco feature many hotels and restaurants ranging in price to suit all sorts of travelers and most people these days sty in these areas when visiting Lima on their trips to Peru.
Peru Tourism is increasing every year and so are the number of visitors to Lima. With the popularity of Peru’s cuisine and not to mentions, the many wonderful ancient sites, museums, churches, and scenery, do not miss out on taking a tour to Peru and visiting the wonderful city of Lima.