Reading stories in the books may impress you at a level. However, living in the stories, inhaling the spirit and step on the path where the characters of the stories walked would be much more thrilling. In Lima, you will have the chance to live in a story.
Lima, while enchanting the visitors with its fascinating architecture, blends perfectly the modern urban spirit into a tropical island setting and creates a unique atmosphere for itself.
The previous inhabitants of Lima were the civilizations of Moche, Chavin, Inca and Andes they left amazing architectural works to this city of Gods. Accordingly, world famous archeological sites are all around the city to make Lima an attractive destination in cultural tourism.
The weather in Lima may sometimes be disappointing for you since it is gloomy most of the time but be sure that this kind of weather in Lima adds so much to this divine atmosphere of the city.
In summer, you can enjoy the heating sun in the beautiful beaches and taste the greatest food that generous sea gives to this city. The wide variety of restaurants may amaze you. You had better get ready for a culinary feast since you will be discovering different great tastes every day.
To discover what makes this capital sacred and that impressive, do not miss the chance to visit and take your place in the story.
Where is Lima
The capital city of Peru, Lima is situated in the west of Peru having a coast on the Pacific Ocean.
Getting to Lima
Lima Jorge Chavez International Airport is the only airport in the city and located 16 km (10 miles) away from the city center. To have detailed information about the transportation options from airport to the city center, you can visit the official website of Lima International Airport.
Things to Do in Lima
Lima’s most famous tourist attractions Huacas are the ideal destination for cultural expedition in the city. There are around 250 huacas (sacred monuments or building in ancient Peruvian civilizations) in this area, some of which are Huaca Concha, Huaca Pucllana and Huaca La Cruz, Huaca Tres Palos.
The Magic Water Circuit
Boasting being in the Guinness World Records Book, The Magic Water Circuit is the iconic landmark in the city with its 80 meters height. It consists of 13 fountains and the best time to see this beauty is of course night time.
Being the most unique and pleasing museum in the city, Larco Museum exhibits a varied collection of 3000 years old textiles, metal artefacts and ceramics. Formerly a mansion, in Larco Museum you cannot limit the things to see.
Monastery of San Francisco
Considered as the best example of colonial architecture in Latin America, this monastery is home to religious paintings, sculptures, historic books and documents as well as the perfectly protected wooden stairs.
The Hill of Cerro San Cristóbal
Promising a panoramic view of this stunning city, the Hill of San Cristóbal is the most attractive touristic landmarks in the city. Try to go there on a nice weather since the foggy weather can obscure the view.
Being as old as Lima’s history, formerly a mansion, Aliaga House now is a museum that exhibits a wide ranging collection of Peruvian art and the items that reflects the deep history of Peru.
Dining and Nightlife in Lima
The nightlife’s heart beats in Barranco, San Isiro and in Miraflores in Lima. You can come across many restaurants, bars and live music clubs in these areas. While Park Kennedy offers more energetic nightlife, San Isidro promises a more sophisticated one.
Located at the Country Club Lima Hotel in San Isidro, serves the best food from Peruvian cuisine. This colonial style restaurant promises a dining experience surrounded by a perfect ambiance.
Astrid & Gastón
Serving the best Pacific seafood, Astrid & Gaston is one of the most remarkable restaurants in the city that you can prefer for dining. Throughout South America there are numerous branches of this restaurant to delight you to the fullest.
Considered as the one of best restaurants in Lima, Malabar is a minimalist restaurants where you can discover the greatest tastes in Peruvian Cuisine.
Shopping in Lima
Miraflores is the most popular and upper class area in Lima. There are many different kinds of shopping spots but undoubtedly, the most important one is Miraflores Bazaar. It is set up in Kennedy Park between 17:00 and 23:00 and you can find wide variety of local handcrafts.
Feria Artesanal Bazaar
Like Miraflores Bazaar, Feria Artesanal Bazaar is also popular with its handcrafts. However, it boasts being the largest handcrafts bazaar in the city.
Larco Mar Shopping Mall
Offering a stunning sea view, this shopping mall is the address of many world famous brands’ stores as well as restaurants, bars, theatres and bowling hall.
If you are interested in decoration, you can buy native authentic Peruvian furniture in Santa Beatriz.
Excursions and Tours in Lima
Taking only 2 hours by boat, Palomino Islands will add a perfect seasoning to your trip. You will have the chance to swim with the sea lions and observe the sea birds while showering with the beautiful nature.
The Archeological Complex Paradise (El Paraiso)
Located 2 km away from the city center, The Archeological Paradise is an area consisting of a huge pyramid and the villages around. Being home to the remains of pre-historic times, El Paraiso promises a stunning cultural expedition.
Travel Tips for Lima
Peru is a safe country in general. However, you had better look confident and casual in the streets of Lima. If possible, leave your valuables in your hotel.
The city center of Lima is safe. However it is wise to avoid going to La Victoria and Callao areas.
In nightclubs, you may come across “paperas”, the young and beautiful women trying to entrap you. You should beware of these women to avoid sexually transmitted diseases and pickpocketing.
Events in Lima
Reputed as the city of the kings because of its historic background, the apple of the eye of Peru, Lima is also a strategically and geographically well located city. It is connected to most important destinations in Latin America, Europe, Canada, USA and the Caribbean. The visitors can be attracted by the historic remains in the city as well as the picturesque nature. The activities are also varied and this city can add much up to the inspiration of the events.
Recent investments, economic growth and the developing tourism made Lima an ideal destination for the global events like tradeshows, fairs, exhibitions, congresses, conferences and symposiums.