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Lima the underrated.. The capital of Peru might be standing a long way from being the destination of our dreams. Usually, whenever travellers are searching for cheap air tickets to Peru, they choose to visit other areas, more touristic, popular and organised destinations. Truth be told, Lima is crowded, foggy and poor. But if you chose to visit Lima, it wouldn’t be to discover the city’s natural beauty in the first place. Lima’s treasures are well kept; just scratch the foggy surface and follow the path that leads to exquisite pre-Columbian art, colonial architecture, Moorish gems and hints that gave birth to modern trends and inspiration. You want more? Lima’s gastronomy is one of a kind; exactly what you would expect from a nearly 500-year-old melting pot of cultures and nations. This is Lima, a strangely charming blend of colours, sounds and scents! Don’t miss it for the world!
Lima was once America’s richest and most beautiful colony. Founded in 1535 by Francisco Pizarro, it was named “The City of Kings” and soon became a major economic and commercial hub of the region.
In 1746 Lima was brought down by a disastrous earthquake; 4,000 people perished and the city was marked forever, but it managed to survive. Many of the colonial buildings were restored in their former state; others were rebuilt in the exact same way.
Modern Lima owns one third of Peru’s population and forms an indispensable part of Peru’s culture. Museums, galleries, food, music and people, the whole of the Peruvian culture at its best, only for you!
You simply cannot afford to miss it!
Lima’s airport (Aeropuerto Internacional Jorge Chávez) is located 11 kilometres away from the historic centre of the city and is accessible by buses.
Getting around Lima
You can get around Lima by buses and mini-vans. Fares start at 1.00 PEN and minimum taxi fare costs 5.00 PEN.
Your day in Lima begins at the Plaza Mayor, the city’s renovated central square. The square is encircled by many important buildings, two of which you must, by all means, visit.
- The Government Palace (Palacio de Gobierno), also known as “The House of Pizarro”, was built in 1938 in colonial architecture and is one of Lima’s most recognisable landmarks
- The Cathedral of Lima, at the corner of the square, was destroyed during the earthquake of 1746 and was rebuilt in 1940, keeping the former Baroque style. A beautiful building of great religious importance; visit if you wish to see the church’s elegant interior decorations and the tomb of Pizarro
Continue to one of Lima’s best museums. The Museo Arqueológico Rafael Larco Herrerawas founded in 1926 and now owns the largest pre-Columbian art collection in the world!
The museum focuses on the Moche dynasty that dwelled across Peru’s north part during 200-700 B.C. and is responsible for ancient Peru’s most notable art masterpieces.
Up next, the Monastery of San Francisco (Convento de San Francisco de Asis de Lima) will steal your heart with its colonial charm. Built in the 17th century, it survived the 1746 earthquake and is famous for its mudéjar decorations and religious art collections by Francisco Zurbarán.Lima’s official languages are Spanish and Quechua.
To enter Lima, you need a passport with a validity of 6 months after your travel dates. Citizens of Greece do not need to have a Visa, for a maximum stay of 183 days.
When to Go
Lima has two distinctive seasons:
- Summer (December – April)
- Winter (June – October)
During both seasons temperatures are neither too hot nor too cold, with humidity remaining high all year round.
However, during the winter, precipitation is strong; the so-called “garúa” is the phenomenon of the sever morning drizzle taking place in Lima, that could affect your journey in a negative way.
To sum up, you could visit Lima any time of the year, but the best time to do so would be the period from December to April, when the weather is mild and sunny.