Peru’s largest and most important city, Lima bustles with living history and movement.
There is much to do in this city of beautiful beaches, fine cuisine, folkloric shows, active night life, and shopping malls and markets.
Its historic centre with its beautiful colonial buildings has been declared a Cultural World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Brimming with colonial and religious art, Lima is home to superb architectural works such as the Casa Aliaga (Aliaga Mansion), the Palacio de Torre Tagle (Torre Tagle Palace), and fine churches and convents such as those of Santo Domingo, San Agustin, San Francisco and La Merced.
Lima’s museums are the best in Peru, and near Lima are important pre-Hispanic archaeological sites, like the Caral ruins discovered in 2009.
Countless huacas or temples dot the Rimac River Valley (Lima), including the Pachacamac shrine, a site of pilgrimage during the Inka empire.
One hundred and five kilometres from Lima lie the Lomas de Lachay, a national reserve which features a unique mist-fed ecosystem of wild plant and animal species. A little further north are the Paramonga pre-Hispanic archaeological sites.