The capital of Peru, Lima is the country’s cultural and financial centre. Popularly known as the City of Kings, Lima was previously the most influential and powerful city in South America and thus boasts an impressive collection of historical sites. The city’s architecture is stunning and the location boasts practically permanent sunshine as rain is almost unheard of. Residing next to the Pacific Ocean, as well as several beautiful rivers, Lima is the perfect starting point for those hoping to explore Peru’s vast heritage and archaeological wonders.


The Museo Nacional de Antropologica y Arqueologica houses an outstanding collection of the country’s historical treasures. Pre-Columbian artefacts provide visitors with the opportunity to behold physical remnants from the influential civilisations that were established in Peru thousands of years ago.

Fans of treasure will enjoy a visit to The Museo de Oro, which pays tribute to gold and priceless gems discovered in the area. Some of the pieces within this collection date back to the Inca period. The site is also home to an interesting textiles museum which contains items more than one thousand years old. An arms museum allows visitors to appreciate the country’s development of weaponry.

The Museo de Arte boasts an important collection of Peruvian art, both ancient and modern. Art enthusiasts will not want to miss this unique chance to behold a chronological testament to national talent and innovation.

The Parque Las Leyendas was founded in order to allow holidaymakers to appreciate the country’s stunning array of animals and plant life. The small zoo showcases many exciting species and visitors will be taken aback by the opportunity to learn more about different plants and the conditions they have to withstand in Peru. The Historic centre of the city was declared a world heritage site in order to protect several important buildings. A number of houses have been situated here since the Spanish colonial period and several have recently been opened to the public. One such building houses the Instituto Riva Agüero. Containing two museums, one is dedicated to the local arts whereas the other boasts several archaeological finds from key Lima sites. Other buildings worth visiting are the Cathedral, the catacombs in the Convento de San Francisco and the Presidential Palace. Those interested in historical architecture will be fascinated by the ruins of the Lima City Walls, which protected the city during the medieval period.

Authentic local culture can be sampled at the Plaza de Ancho in Rimac which stages frequent demonstrations of bullfighting. Yet, visitors should be aware that this particular variety of the sport results in the death of the bull.

A popular excursion, visitors can take a trip to Islas Palomino in order to see the many sea lions which inhabit this location. It is also possible to swim with these beautiful creatures; a unique experience which should not be missed.


Lima is the best place in Peru to indulge in some local retail therapy. Traditional, authentic goods from across the country can be purchased here for reasonable prices. Miraflores is the most popular area for shopping, boasting a wide selection of beautiful stores. Jewellery is particularly stunning in Lima; many antiques shops and jewellery collections can be located in Miraflores, although items are sold all over the city. For local goods the best destination is Avenida Ricardo Palma where visitors can purchase traditional handicrafts. All holidaymakers should at some point visit one of the city’s many markets. The Mercado Central boasts an infinite selection of goods. Other markets worth exploring include the Feria Artesanal, The Indio Market and the Petit Thouars Handicraft Market. The [ Jockey Plaza Shopping Center] is the largest mall in the city centre, boasting over 200 shops. Here shoppers can indulge in designer labels or search for bargains, and also enjoy a vast range of restaurants and cinemas. Another shopping centre worth browsing is the Centro Comercial Larcomar.

Nightlife and Eating Out

All holidaymakers will be taken aback by the delicious local cuisine served in Lima. The national dish is ceviche, raw fish which has been marinated in lemon juice and seasoned with chilli. This delicious meal is served in most restaurants and in cevicherías across the capital. Visitors should be aware that Peruvian food has a tendency to be extremely spicy, and therefore those with delicate tastebuds should be wary of what they order. Unsurprising considering its location, many of Lima’s local cuisine centres upon seafood, which is particularly delicious. The ideal place to sample seafood, [ La Rosa Naútica] serves delectable dishes in front of a magnificent view of the coast. Local Peruvian cuisine is served at [ José Antonio], which is a good introduction to Creole flavours. Lima is also home to a vast array of international restaurants; Chinatown is full of Asian restaurants which serve fantastic food at extremely cheap prices. Bohemia is a particularly pleasant place to sample new flavours, and also boasts an impressive bar and art collection.

There are many fun establishments worth visiting in the evening. Favourite national beverages include the Pisco Sour, a grape juice concoction, and Inca Kola. Many bars are located around Miraflores and Barranco. The latter is the place to find for those looking for a party; here La Noche offers live music every night and Mochileros is a welcoming bar serving delicious drinks. Nebula in Miraflores is a popular disco, favouring 80’s music and Jazz Zone is perfect for a more relaxed evening’s entertainment.

Tourist Information

Oficina de Información TurísticaJirón de Unión 1066

  • Tel: 01/432-3559
Miraflores Municipal Tourist officeSan Martín 537Miraflores
  • Tel: 01/447-9539


Lima’s major gateway is the Jorge Chávez International Airport. Located approximately 20 minutes from the city centre in the city of Callao, visitors should avoid taking taxis from the airport as they are extremely overpriced. Both national and international flights are available, therefore visitors should be able to travel to other parts of the country, or indeed the world, with relatively little hassle. For more information potential holidaymakers should visit the websites of individual carriers or []