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Lima is the capital and largest city of Peru, nestled in the valleys of the Chillón, Rímac and Lurín Rivers, within the central coastal region of the country. Founded in 1535, Lima mixes impressive historic buildings with modern, bustling districts, which generates the region’s unique character and charm. The city boasts a vibrant culture with a range of excellent restaurants, shops and bars situated across the centre of town. The region’s warm and mild climate, combined with an array of fascinating attractions and excursion possibilities, create an amazing local ambience which make Lima an exceptional and essential cruise destination.
A diverse and intriguing range of attractions and excursions are available across the vibrant city of Lima. A variety of brilliant museums, including the excellent Museum of the Nation, are open to visitors across town, allowing a chance to learn more about Lima’s rich culture and renowned heritage. Sight-seeing tours of Lima can be arranged with various companies across the city including biking, walking and running tours to some of the region’s most prominent landmarks and attractions as well as Capital Culinaria Lima Gourmet Tours, which combine the main attractions of Lima with some of the city’s most popular culinary experiences. Other fabulous points of interest include:
The Historic Centre of Lima
The historic centre of Lima contains a plethora of fascinating structures and is one of the city’s most popular tourist destinations. Beautifully designed and constructed landmarks include the Balconies of Lima, the Archbishop Palace, the House of Aliaga, House of Odor and House of Pilatos. Prominent religious buildings in this part of the city are the Basilica of San Pedro and the Sanctuary and Monastery of Las Nazarenes
Cathedral of Lima
The most famous religious building in the historic city centre of Lima is the Monastery of San Fransisco. Located in the Plaza Mayor of downtown Lima, the cathedral dates back to 1535 and despite many reconstructions over the centuries, still retains its colonial architecture and facade. The cathedral boasts three extravagant main doorways and 14 impressive side chapels, some of which open up on the surrounding streets.
Monastery of San Francisco
The Monastery of San Francisco is also situated within the historic city centre of Lima and was named as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1991. The monastery was consecrated back in 1673 and also houses a fascinating library and catacombs. The building exhibits traditional Spanish Baroque style architecture and honours Jude the Apostle.
Lively marketplaces are located on Av. La Marina and Av. Petit Thouars, selling a splendid range of gifts and souvenirs. Visitors interested in local music culture can also purchase a range of authentic Peruvian instruments such as charangos, quenas and anataras in several stores within the Calle Cantuarias area of the city.
Ceviche is Peru’s national dish and therefore available in many restaurants across the city. A range of international cuisine is also served in most eateries around Lima, as well as an array of popular and familiar fast food meals.
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