The Ultimate Guide to Lima, Capital of Peru

Last Updated: Mar 13 2019 16:35
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LIMA, The capital city of Peru, South America, with its colonial charm and seaside suburbs as well as ancient sites and an emerging art scene, is much more than just a stopover city.

Here are just some of the reasons to visit Lima, “The city of Kings”.

1-VISIT THE AGE-OLD CATACOMBS

Lima is lined with countless colonial churches, monasteries and convents. Visit the baroque church of San Francisco, with gilded altars and carved wooden choirs; don't miss the religious art with masterpieces by Spanish artists and its library with over 25,000 antique texts.

2-THE HISTORIC CENTRE OF LIMA

Downtown Lima is known as Ciudad de los Reyes (City of Kings). This area was founded by Spanish conqueror Fransisco Pizarro in 1535 and is home to various churches, buildings and structures from the colonial period.

3-DISCOVER BOHEMIAN BARRANCO

Stroll through the tree-lined artsy, neighbourhood of the city with a wealth of street art and graffiti. Old mansions laden with bright bougainvillea that used to be the seaside homes of the rich have been converted into art galleries and craft shops.

4- THE BEAUTIFUL PLAZA DEL ARMAS

Just like Cusco and many other South American cities, Lima also has a Plaza de Armas. This serves as a park slash center point for a: a church and b: government buildings. The one in Lima is not much different from Cusco other than the strong presence of military.

5-SHOP FOR PERUVIAN ARTEFACTS

Peru is famous for its vibrant crafts and jewellery, Head to the colourful Mercado Indio on Petit Thouars, with artisanal markets where you can pick up typical Peruvian souvenirs: alpaca sweaters and ponchos, mates bouri-ados (intricately carved gourds), woven handbags, hand-painted pottery.

6- THE FOOD IN LIMA

The food scene in Lima is hot. Peru was just named the world’s top culinary destination at the World Travel Awards for the second year in a row. From gourmet Peruvian cuisine to tasty street food, you can always find delicious food in Lima.

For visitors, Lima is a bustling and fascinating place to visit, with plenty of attractions to explore and a range of interesting neighbourhoods that have their own personalities.