Why visit Lima
On first impressions Lima is often overlooked, but beneath the soaring commercial structures that crowd the skyline of Peru’s capital city, is an endearing historical centre that has preserved its glorious past despite the passage of time and the ravages of the Pacific sea air. Aside from the treasure trove of attractions in Lima’s historical centre, the financial district of Miraflores is home to many boutiques, beautiful parks, leading hotels and superb restaurants.
Founded in 1535 by Francisco Pizarro, in colonial times it was considered the City of Kings, and UNESCO designated it as a World Heritage Site in 1988. Among Lima’s highlights is the beautiful historic centre with the Plaza de Armas, which has served many purposes including impromptu bull fights, and buildings such as the Convent of San Francisco and the Casa Aliaga, a beautiful mansion that is currently the oldest continuously inhabited private dwelling in the southern hemisphere. Of all the fine churches in Lima, few compare to the colonial-era splendour of Iglesia de San Francisco and its eerie crypt of catacombs that lie beneath the monastery’s foundations, making it a must-see for most visitors. There are also numerous prestigious museums and private collections that offer an excellent insight into the country’s rich heritage, such as the Rafael Larco Herrera Archaeological Museum, home to over 3,000 years of pre-Columbian Peruvian history. So whilst many see Lima as the gateway to the rest of Peru, the city is certainly worthy of a few days exploration.
- Explore the stunning library at the Convent of San Francisco
- Enjoy some of the finest cuisine Latin America has to offer
- Visit the Amano museum, with its exquisite collection of ceramics and textiles