Travel to Lima, the city of senses and unique pleasures
In the south Pacific, in a welcoming and cozy land, lies Lima, the capital of Peru. One of the largest urban centers in south America, with many elements of any today's modern metropolis.
The cosmopolitan air and the exuberant beauty of the city go hand in hand with its rich history and cultural heritage, as they are reflected in the remarkable monuments of the European conquerors of the past and in the European culture of its hospitable inhabitants.
Thus, Lima, under the cloak of its European air and its melancholic fog which envelops it atmospherically, fascinates and moves every traveler, like any truly exotic Latin metropolis.
Through a creative and highly revealing crescendo of architecture, churches and cathedrals, palaces and villas reveal the exceptional beauty of Lima, along with boulevards and squares that are part of the European facade and organization of the city.
The acquaintance with Lima starts from its historical center, with the impressive Plaza de Armas-Plaza Mayor, dominating and starring in the heart of the city, with the impressive appearance of the colonial villas that adorn it.
A symbol of awe and absolute respect the magnificent the cathedral (Basílica y Convento de San Francisco) bows reverently to the imperious appearance of palaces, such as the Presidential residence and Town Hall, while the corresponding Palace of the Archbishop (Casa de Osambelia) claims its own share of admiration with its elaborate neoclassical façade.
Picturesque squares become reference points and meeting points for locals and visitors, while districts such as Miraflores and the district of San Isidro, carry on them the profile of luxury and refined style. Blooming parks Parque de Amor and Parque Kennedy become real oases of recreation, while multi-disciplinary museums (Museode laNación, and museo Larco Herrera) transmit the artistic and cultural creation of the inspired Peruvian soul, through an educational journey to the culture of South America.
For all this, therefore, Lima, the past "city of the great kings" and today's metropolis of Latin passion and warm hospitality, proves, clearly to every visitor those reasons that make it led the list of the most impressive destinations in Latin America and the world as a whole.
Food and local cuisine
Peru is home to many gastronomic cultures and in addition to local flavors and specialties, is also influenced by many cuisines of the world. Peruvian cuisine includes dishes of rich flavors and excellent quality ingredients.
Try the lomo saltado, (pieces of meat with dried onions), French fries and ají amarillo (yellow peppers) or chilly. The tiradito dish, a delicate dish reminiscent of ceviche and accompanied by tiger's milk (a fish's marinade of citrus juice, chilly and jalapeño peppers, salt, ginger and curcumin), the causa limeña, (with tuna or alternatively chicken, shrimp or crab, avocado and tomato, as well as the famous anticuchos, the peruvian beef skewers, marinated in vinegar and spices, accompanied by boiled potatoes and bread.
Best time to visit Lima
Ideally visit Lima during the period of Peruvian summer (period December-February) or winter (period July-September), if you are interested in activities on the mountains of the country.
How to use transportation in Lima
Transfer from/to Lima
The Jorge Chavez International Airport is located in the Callao region, 11km. NW of Lima. The transportation to the city center is done by taxi (parked at the exits of the terminals) or by conventional options of public transport, such as minivans, which run the route in 1 hour, depending on the traffic on the city streets.
The traffic on the streets of Lima is chaotic. If you want to move around the city centre or the surrounding areas and suburbs, choose a taxi (without a meter and therefore negotiated before the route), or some means of public transport, such as buses (categories of metropolitano and combis). The metropolitano express bus runs from the areas of Miraflores, Barranco and San Isidro to the Centre of Lima.