Lima Travel Guide

Peru is a large and noisy city, making for exciting travels. In the capital city of Peru, you can be at the site of pre-Inca pyramids one minute and then shopping up a storm in modern European style shopping centres the next. It is this mix of the ancient with the shiny and new that makes Peru a must-visit holiday destination in South America.

Lima Culture

History Rich Lima

Lima is a city with a rich and colourful past, with many of its historical relics still standing today. The pre-Inca temples located south of Lima called Pachacamac are worth a visit, but due to their fragile state, visitors aren't actually allowed on site. More rewarding however, are the churches and buildings built in the 16th century from Lima's colonial Spanish past, which are predominant around Lima's city centre, Plaza de Armas.

Food in Lima

Food is an important part of culture in Lima and the business of creating mouth-watering and delicious dishes is exploding in Lima. In fact, Lima was named the Gastronomical Capital of Latin America in 2006. When in Peru you cannot go past the national dish of ceviche, seafood marinated with citrus, accompanied by a Pisco Sour, the national drink.

Lima Attractions

Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor)

The Plaza de Armas is the main square of Lima and is the best place to see buildings and architecture inspired by its Spanish colonial history. The bronze fountain built in 1650 in the centre of the Plaza de Armas is the oldest feature in the entire square.

La Catedral de Lima

La Catedral de Lima is located on the edge of the Plaza de Armas and is a popular tourist spot. There are regular tours through the cathedral where visitors are directed to the final resting place of Francisco Pizarro, the founder of Lima.


Miraflores is a picturesque suburb of Lima that overlooks the ocean. In Miraflores, visitors can choose to visit the Pucllana or the Muse Amano for a glimpse of Lima's ancient past, or head to the modern galleries, museums, shops and restaurants that line the streets of Miraflores.

Iglesia de San Francisco

Iglesia de San Francisco is famed for the thousands of human skulls piled up in the crypts under this church. Take a tour of the underground network of catatombs of what was Lima's first cemetery.

Larco Museum (Museo Arqueologico Rafael Larco Herrera)

The Larco Museum is where you find the world's largest collection of pre-Columbian art, with some pieces dating back 3,000 years. However, the Larco Museum is most famous for its collection of pre-Columbian erotic pottery.

Bike Tours of Lima

Bike tours of Lima are a popular and affordable way to see Lima. There are group bike tours where guides will take you to popular Lima attractions, or alternatively, you can rent a bike and take your own tour of Lima.

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