Gastronomic Capital of the Americas
The capital and largest city of Peru, Lima is an extraordinary place of mixed cultures. Overlooking the Pacific Ocean and set within the stunning valleys between the rivers Chillón, Rímac and Lurín, Lima offers a sprawling landscape of coastline and mountain slopes. Discover the Colonial era architecture of the city centre and tour the City Walls to the Palace of Torre Tagle. Explore the museums of Lima including the Larco Museum and the National Museum of Archaeological and Anthropological History. Lima has a vibrant arts scene so be sure to catch a performance on one of several stages such as the elegant Japanese-Peruvian Theatre or the Segura Theatre. Peruvian food is highly regarded due to its blend of techniques and culinary traditions. International immigration to Lima has had a profound impact on the cuisine; try Spanish, Andean and Asian meals and sample dishes of Creole style meat, Chifas and Pollerias.
Peruvian cuisine is some of the most celebrated in the world. Take a trip to Lima to experience the diverse mix of cultures which is evident in the style and ingredients of the cooking. Tour the historic city centre, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and see the monastery, cathedral and convent.
When to Go?
Lima experiences a subtropical climate although conditions are said to be mild and rarely extreme. A humid atmosphere makes hard work of walking in the warmer months of July and August with highs of 35°C. Visitors to Lima prefer the bright, warm climate in the spring with average daily temperatures of 20°C. The winter is characterised by overcast skies, morning mist and evening fog; temperatures average 12°C.
How to Get There?
Lima is served by the Jorge Chavez International Airport (LIM), located in the nearby town of Callao. Indirect flights are available from the UK to Lima with stopovers in several European Airports including: Amsterdam Schiphol, Madrid Barajas and Paris Charles de Gaulle. The airport is the largest in Peru and serves as a major airline hub in Latin America. Flights from the UK including a stopover can take up to 20 hours.
Lima is a city of diverse cultures and appreciation for historical roots. No trip would be complete without paying homage to some of its finest structures. Consider the collections at the grand Museum of Art and see the only European art exhibit at the Museum of Italian Art. Wander around the Plaza Mayor to the Convent of Santo Domingo. Investigate the catacombs which provide an underground passage link from the ancient Lima Cathedral to the Monastery of San Francisco.