Lima is the second-largest and the capital city of Peru. People can expect a wide range of cultural and culinary experiences while exploring this port of call. A Spanish conquistador established the town in 1535. It’s one of the top economic centers in South America, and boasts many modern facilities and businesses that mix the best of the past and the present. Several beautiful churches, cloisters, and monasteries in Lima are worth visiting.
A combination of tropical climates and deserts make up this location along the central Pacific coast of Peru. Lima is built on the coastal plain, and three rivers surround the city. This city is one of South America's most important metropolitan centers and has long been a bustling urban center. The city has something for everyone due to its unique geography and climate. You can explore the desert in an ATV or enjoy water sports along its coast or paragliding, or sandboarding in the city.
The best way to explore Lima is by taking a city tour. Lima is a big city with several activities and excursion points. No matter what part of the city you are exploring, you can have a great time by taking a tour around the various colorful neighborhoods. You can join an organized walking tour or roam around the corners alone and follow your own course. You will find plenty of delicious food cuisines and stalls on the way. The most popular places you can explore are Chorrillos, Miraflores, and Barranco. These three parts of town are tied with the Pacific Coast and offer some spectacular views.
Known as the Plaza Mayor, Plaza de Armas is a top Lima attraction. The park is a virtual icon of Lima's history and economy and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Various city landmarks and important buildings are visible from the garden, and many panoramic views of the city. When you walk toward the fountain at the center of the plaza, one can see the Cathedral of Lima, Archbishop's Palace of Lima, the Palace of the Union, Government Palace, and the Municipal Palace.
A significant highlight of a visit to Lima is eating your way around the city. The best way to know what to eat or taste in Lima is to sit down in a local restaurant and plan your day while tasting Peruvian cuisine, an added pleasure to your Peruvian cruise vacation. Thanks to its long multicultural history, the cuisine has fused flavors from many corners of the globe using local ingredients. There have been many different influences on Peruvian cuisine over the centuries – from Chinese immigrants to Spanish conquistadors. The most famous dish in Peru is Ceviche – a raw fish marinated in lime juice. Even the dish has its own holiday. Yes, Peru people celebrate National Ceviche Day every year on 28th June! Moreover, you can also try dishes such as lomo saltado – stir-fried beef with tomatoes, onions, and French fries), aju de gallina – a spicy chicken stew, and Chifa – Peruvian-Chinese food.
Another coolest thing to do in Lima is to see Magic Water Circuit in the evening. It is a magical show with several fountains, music, and laser lights. This magical circuit is located inside the Parque de la Reserva, with 13 different fountains illuminated at night, making for quite the spectacle. This place has also marked its entry into the Guinness Book of World Records as the most significant water fountain complex. Also, make sure you visit the park at the right time to see the special show with Peruvian folk music that happens every day at 07:15, 08:15, and 9:30 PM.
Miraflores coastline is considered one of the main tourist attractions in Lima. It aligns with modern stores, restaurants, and a boardwalk with spectacular Oceanside views and sunset over the Pacific Ocean. The Miraflores Boardwalk is the most popular place in Lima to catch a sunset. The boardwalk gives you plenty of options to eat and drink and an opportunity to slow down your excursions to get a glimpse of the last views of the day. Moreover, don't forget to check out the lighthouse and Parque de Amor and opt for shopping at the Larcomar shopping center.
A popular time to travel to Lima is from December to April when the months offer warm summer weather with plenty of sunshine.