The city of Lima, capital of Peru, was founded by Francisco Pizarro on January 18, 1535. Today Lima is considered the center of political, cultural, financial and commercial activities of the country. It has a population of more than 7 million people, which makes it the most populated city of Peru.
In Lima, you will find museums with great works of art; you will also find archeological sites, beaches, valleys, nature, a very active night life, adrenalin in adventure sports and an exquisite gastronomy. All these reasons will make your experience in Lima, unique.
The main attractions in Lima are:
Plaza Mayor or Main Square
It is considered center of the old colonial city. Around its edge, you will find the Cathedral, the Government Palace and the City Hall.
Cathedral of Lima
In its interiors, you will find great historic jewels as well as lateral altars; you will also find the remains of Francisco Pizarro. You can also visit the Religious art Museum.
It is the center of the political power in Peru, here is where the President of the country works. It has several patios and halls dedicated to important personalities of the peruvian history, carefully decorated with fine works of art.
San Francisco Church and Convent
In this complex you will find the church, the convent and the patio. Its front wall was made in stone and it has columns of Corinthian kind. The cloister is decorated with tiles, and houses the Museum of vice royalty Art. You can also visit catacombs, which served as cemetery during the colony time.
The Magic Circuit of Water
It is a peaceful space where water, light and music exist in perfect harmony, presenting an unforgettable spectacle. 13 cybernetic, ornamental and interactive fountains have been installed, which use state-of-the-art technology and are activated when the sun goes down. For more information, go to: Lima City Tour by Night
It is the main bohemian neighborhood of the city. It has cozy houses and places that offer musical and cultural shows, you will also find discotheques, pubs and cafes.
Pachacámac Archaeological Site
It is the most important archaeological site on the Peruvian coast since pre-Inca times. The site holds palaces, plazas and temples built with mud among which the Temple of the Sun and the Acllahuasi are highlights. You can learn more about this site in the post: What is Pachacamac?