Lima, the capital of Peru, is one of the big cities in South America. It has a well preserved colonial center and is the perfect place for gastronomy lovers! it is the perfect stop to taste a delicious ceviche !. So if you are going to travel to Lima, take note of the 10 places in Lima that you should not miss.
Plaza de armas
The Plaza de Armas, also known as the Plaza Mayor, is located in the heart of the historic center of Lima. This is the place where Francisco Pizarro founded the city in 1535. The Government Palace, official residence of the president of Peru, is located on the north side of the plaza. If you visit the square at noon you will see the changing of the palace guard. To the southeast is the Cathedral of Lima, the final resting place of Pizarro. You can also visit the Municipal Palace, decorated with carved wooden balconies.
San Francisco Monastery
Lima is home to many religious buildings and the monastery of San Francisco stands out among them. The interior is an oasis of tranquility in the middle of the hustle and bustle of the city, its different rooms a showcase of well preserved Baroque architecture. Do not miss the monastery library.
Do not forget to visit the catacombs. The light fades in the disturbing darkness as it descends into the depths of the monastery, where the bones of 75,000 bodies are estimated to lie.
Miraflores and El Malecón
Miraflores is one of the most exclusive districts of Lima, full of luxury bars, elegant restaurants and trendy nightclubs. If you walk down, you will find El Malecón, the picturesque maritime area of the city, with its crystalline water parks and modern sculptures. A quiet walk with excellent views of the sea. It is common to rent a paraglider to see the beautiful views.
Head south along the coast of Miraflores until you reach the small district of Barranco. This is the bohemian neighborhood of Lima, a place for poets, artists and exceptional nightlife. A walk during the day will take you to elegant cafes, colorful restaurants and you will see some examples of 18th century architecture. Do not miss, The Bridge of Sighs, a wooden bridge located at the top of the stone stairs that meander to the beaches below Barranco
Historical mansions of Lima
Many colonial mansions in Lima have fallen into a sad state of deterioration. Others, however, have been carefully preserved, with the furniture and personal belongings of their original owners. Most are open to the public by appointment or through travel agencies.
It is worth highlighting the following mansions:
- Casa Aliaga, former residence of Jerónimo de Aliaga, one of the conquerors of Pizarro
- Palacio Torre Tagle, today headquarters of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Peru
- Casa de Pilatos, with its grand staircase and wooden balconies
- Casa de Oquendo, a 19th century mansion
The Magic Circuit of Water
The Magic Water Circuit is located in the Reserve Park of Lima. Thirteen fountains that offer a beautiful and illuminated night show. Kids love getting wet in the fountain.
One of the most outstanding monuments of Lima is the hill of San Cristóbal that rises to the northeast of the city of Lima. If you want a panoramic view of the city, this is the place to go. Take a taxi or a bus from the Plaza de Armas; It is possible to walk up the hill, but it is not particularly safe.
You do not have to leave Lima to explore the historical sites of Peru. The Huaca Pucllana built between 300 and 700 AD, is a large adobe brick pyramid located in Miraflores. After a tour of the ancient ruins, head to the hotel’s restaurant, Huaca Pucllana restaurant, to taste some exceptional regional dishes, although it is not cheap
Cevicherías in Lima
Peru is internationally known for its ceviche, a mixture of raw fish, onions and chiles marinated in lemon and lime. If raw fish does not appeal to you (I advise you to try it anyway), you’ll find plenty of cooked seafood alternatives on the menus.
Museums of Lima
Many of the best museums in Peru are located in the capital, full of the treasures of the pre-Columbian and post-colonial periods other than the nation.
- Larco Museum, with its mummies and ancient works of erotic art.
- Museum of the Nation, a great museum with thousands of artifacts.
- Museum of Natural History, about flora and fauna
- National Museum of Archeology, Anthropology, and History of Peru
- Bullfighting Museum, Bullfighting Museum of Lima
- You will also find some excellent art museums in Lima.