LIMA

Lima is the capital and largest city of Peru. It is located in the valleys of the Chillón, Rímac and Lurín rivers, on a desert coast overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Together with the seaport of Callao, it forms a contiguous urban area known as the Lima Metropolitan Area. Founded by the conquistador Francisco Pizarro in 1535, principally because of the strategic location of its port at the centre of both the Peruvian coast and the South American coast in general, Lima very quickly became the most important city in the Americas, a centre for the power and wealth which were the result of the commercial and cultural activities of the vice royalty.

Also known as the “City of Kings”, Lima boasts monumental architecture which can be best appreciated today by visiting its baroque and renaissance churches, mansions and colonial palaces, as well as its universities and archbishop’s palace. Lima is a melting pot of diverse peoples and cultures - the result of a multiculturalism which surprises all visitors.

The city’s innovative culinary tradition is ranked among the finest in the world, and Lima has been declared the Gastronomic Capital of Latin America.

Lima offers the visitor many archaeological and natural attractions, excellent historical museums and art galleries, theatrical presentations and cultural exhibitions, modern shopping malls, and a variety of restaurants and bars where one can enjoy both local and international food and drink. Strongly influenced by European, Andean, African and Asian culture, Lima is a melting pot of cultures due to colonization, immigration, and indigenous influences.

RECOMMENDED TOURS IN LIMA

CITY TOUR

Visit the historical center of the city, which contains the Plaza de Armas, the Cathedral of Lima, the Government Palace of Peru, and the Convent and Catacombs of San Francisco. And drive by San Isidro and Miraflores. These districts demonstrate the modern areas of Lima, represented in nice theatres, art galleries and fine restaurants.

  • Duration
  • Half day
  • Activity Type
  • Culture and history
  • Transport
  • Bus
  • Level
  • Easy

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CULINARY TOURS

The visit of a traditional food market will make you witness the great variety of marine products, fruits and vegetables found in the coastal region of Peru. You will get fascinated by the exquisite cuisine of Peru trying many types of dishes and desserts, and why not preparing your own Ceviche (raw fish marinated in Peruvian lime and served with sliced chill peppers). Assist to a demonstration to prepare a Pisco Sour, Peru´s national drink prepared with Pisco.

  • Duration
  • Full day or half day

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