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Lima Travel Guide

  • Photo: Christian Vinces / Shutterstock
  • Photo: Christian Vinces / Shutterstock

Plan Your Lima Vacation

When people discuss great South American cities, Lima is often overlooked. But Peru's capital can hold its own against its neighbors. It has an oceanfront setting, colonial-era splendor, sophisticated dining, and nonstop nightlife.

Top Reasons To Go

  1. Neptune's Bounty You'll quickly encounter cebiche—slices of raw fish or shellfish marinated in lemon juice with onions and hot peppers. Also try the corvina (sea bass) and lenguado (sole).
  2. Lima Baroque In El Centro, Iglesia de San Francisco's facade is considered the height of the "Lima Baroque" style of architecture. The crypt below stores the bones of dearly departed monks.
  3. Cool Digs More than 30 archaeological digs are around Lima, such as the pre-Inca temple Huaca Pucllana in Miraflores and the Huaca Huallamarca temple in San Isidro.
  4. Handicrafts Calle Alcanflores, which runs through Miraflores, has stores selling everything from hand-carved wooden masks to silver-filigree jewelry.
  5. Park Life On weekends families and couples fill Lima's parks, especially the ones that line Miraflores's ocean-view malecónes, such as the incomparable Parque del Amor.

When To Go

When To Go

The weather in Lima is a relative opposite of North America's. Summer, from December to April, is largely sunny with temperatures regularly rising ab...

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