Travelling to a new country is always special; you can do your research in advance but you will always discover many places on the way, however, sometimes, you have to skip them because time is not enough to visit everything. For this reason, we have brought you the next list with the places you must visit in the Peruvian capital city.
Also remember, a good option to visit Lima is joining LIMA BY WALKING’S FREE WALKING TOUR. Click here to get more info!
Another option to get any of these following places on your own is using the public system of buses called METROPOLITANO. Click here in order to know how to move fast and easy in the city.
MIRAFLORES: MODERNITY AND TOURISM
Miraflores is the touristy area of Lima. Here you can find a big amount of parks along the boardwalk where you can go for walk, jogging, or riding a bike. Furthermore, you can find a huge offer of hotels, restaurants, bars and more, making it one of the best areas to stay while you are in Lima.
We also recommend walking around the Kennedy Park, especially during the night because you will find many stands of Peruvian desserts, sandwiches and handicraft.
In this area, stopped in time, there is the famous Huaca Pucllana, an old pyramid that belongs to Lima’s culture, developed in the valley of this city more than 1500 years ago, many years before the Incas. These adobe ruins remain until our days thanks to sand that covered and hid them, and in the last years, thanks to preservation work and research they made at this place. We recommend visiting the Huaca Pucllana’s museum in order to discover the unknown origins of the city.
BOARDWALK AND THE LOVE PARK
Blocks away from the Kennedy Park of Miraflores, we will find the Malecón. This is an important pedestrian road that passes through the cliffs of this area, where many locals and tourists usually hang around.
One of the most emblematic parks of Lima is also here. The Love Park with its remarkable sculpture “The Kiss” is one of the most visited monuments of the city, especially during Valentine ’s Day on February 14th, by many romantic couples.
BARRANCO: CULTURE AND BOHEMIA
In the south of Lima we can find the district of Barranco. This was a fishermen area during the Viceroyalty times (S. XVII – XIX) that found its relevance at the beginning of the Republic times (S. XX) with the summer houses built by the richest class of Lima.
Nowadays is a cultural neighborhood, where many novelist, poets, painters and artists in general find their inspiration on Barranco’s colorful streets and the beautiful boardwalk in front of the Pacific coast.
Having lunch and drinking a big glass of Pisco Sour, Peruvian national cocktail, are indispensable tasks on your visit to Lima.
Remember you can visit this area with our FREE WALKING TOUR BARRANCO, from Monday to Saturday in the afternoon.
MUSEO PEDRO DE OSMA
One of the most important museums of Colonial and Viceroyalty of Peru art is located in this district. With one of the most complete collections of religious and popular art from the XVI to the XVIII centuries that includes paintings, carved stones and silversmithing, this museum show us the different cultural expressions of different regions of the country, mainly from Lima, Cusco and Ayacucho.
HISTORICAL CENTRE OF LIMA: THE ORIGIN
The valley of Lima, located in the Historical Centre of Lima, was the stage of the beginning of the expansion of the city. With the Spanish conqueror Francisco Pizarro’s arrival, Lima would become in the most important capital city during the Spanish Viceroyalty Empire for almost 300 years. Then, after the Peruvian independence, thanks to the Argentinian General Jose de San Martin, Lima would not lost its importance and would continue being the capital city of the new Republic of Peru that remains until the current times.
The Main Square of Lima is the main cultural hub of this area, surrounded by public buildings like the Government Palace, City Hall and Lima’s Cathedral; this is the most important monumental area of the whole city.
Remember that you can visit this part of Lima with our FREE WALKING TOUR LIMA DOWNTOWN, from Monday to Saturday in the morning.
CHURCH AND MONASTERY OF SAN FRANCISCO
Considered to be one of the most important buildings made by the Spaniards in Lima, the Monastery of San Francisco houses a big amount of religious paintings, books and more from the colonial times.
Furthermore, this building is known to have under its structure the biggest catacombs of Latinamerica. The catacombs are old colonial graveyards where more than 25000 corpses were buried in.
MUSEO DE ARTE DE LIMA (MALI)
Located in the Exposition Park, one of the biggest public spaces in the city, the Art Museum of Lima (MALI) is one of the main cultural centers of the Peruvian capital city and it has the biggest gallery of the country. Inside exists a big collection of different artistic expressions that includes paintings, textiles, goldsmithing, drawings and photography from different times of the Peruvian history.
PARQUE DE LA RESERVA: MAGIC CIRCUIT OF WATER
This theme park opened in 2007 and it quickly became one of the most visited attractions in Lima. Around the whole place we can find 13 water fountains with different shapes and colorful lights that works all the time; besides in the one called Fuente de la Fantasía happens a show with electronic images and Peruvian music once an hour.
Inside the park there are small stands that sell traditional Peruvian desserts and snacks; games for children and toilets.
In the district of Pueblo Libre (West of Lima), it is located the one that is considered for many as the best museum of Peru. The Larco Museum has one of the most important and significant exhibitions of the Moche culture, developed in the North coast of Peru during the II and V centuries.
Moche civilians were skilled artisans that developed goldsmith and silversmith with a remarkable technique. Added to it, Moche people used to represent passages of their life, traditions and environment in their pottery called as “huacos”.
In this museum we can find too, the traditional “erotic huacos” where Moche people reflected their sexual manners with great naturalness and liberty.
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