Not only Peru’s bustling capital, Lima is also a burgeoning mecca for Peruvian gastronomy, art and history.
The City of Kings, Lima lives up to its regal status with a sublime, UNESCO-stamped historic centre, first founded by Francisco Pizarro in 1535. Experiencing the many museums, art galleries and fine eateries makes for an excellent introduction to your holiday in Peru, offering an insight into the country as a whole: both its fascinating past and vibrant present.
Lima is shaking off somewhat unfair labels as merely an industrial centre; as beyond the modern complexes is a wonderfully preserved colonial centre, commended by UNESCO (and any visitor) as exquisite. At its core is the Plaza de Armas, an important site in Peru’s history, as well as Casa de Aliaga, a refined colonial mansion, and the unrivalled Convent of San Francisco which is the largest of its kind in the continent. Not to be missed are the catacombs that lie beneath San Francisco Church, and the Rafael Larco Herrera Archaeological Museum which looks back at over 3,000 years of Peru’s history; although there are countless more museums and private collections to discover.
Lima is also finally gaining recognition for its artistic treasures, with a string of art studios and galleries peppered across chic coastal districts like Miraflores and Barranco. And when it comes to food, you can expect great things from Lima. It is today described as the gourmet capital of Latin America, thanks to its up-and-coming gastronomic scene that boasts innovative dishes, freshly-sourced ingredients and even Michelin-star chefs. When you’re not feasting on the finest ceviche or admiring the colonial centre, you might be strolling along the Malecon, dipping into cool boutiques in Miraflores or even stand-up paddle boarding in the sea; there’s so much more to Lima than meets the eye.
Lima’s art galleries and museums
There’s an abundance of fantastic, versatile museums and galleries across this cosmopolitan, historic city. The Lima Art Museum is a great place to start, as is the highly regarded National Museum of Archaeology, Anthropology and History.
Churches in Lima
From the Monastery of San Francisco Church to Lima’s majestic central cathedral, the intricate stonework and grand facades of the capital’s colonial places of worship are an architectural delight.
Dining at Lima’s celebrated restaurants
The foodie scene in Lima has become globally renowned in recent years, with restaurants such as Astrid y Gaston (and many others) regularly being voted among the world’s best. A trip to the capital is simply not complete without making the most of the fine cuisine to be found throughout the city.