Lima Sights

Once a compact city surrounded by small towns, Lima is now a vast metropolitan area that is home to nearly 9 million people. Most of it has little to offer travelers, so you'll want to limit your exploration to the distritos, or neighborhoods, listed here. Most of the city's best hotels and restaurants are in three adjacent neighborhoods—Barranco, Miraflores, and San Isidro—to the south

of the historic center, El Centro, but the bulk of its attractions are clustered in El Centro and nearby Pueblo Libre. You'll consequently need to take taxis between neighborhoods, though an express bus called the Metropolitano provides a quick connection between El Centro and the neighborhoods of Miraflores and Barranco. The airport is in a separate city called El Callao, about half an hour to the west of El Centro and an hour from most hotels. Trips between Barranco and Miraflores or San Isidro should take 10 to 20 minutes, whereas the travel times between any of them and El Centro are 20 to 30 minutes. During the rush hours (7:30 to 9 am and 5:30 to 7:30 pm), however, travel times double.

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Barranco 9

Miraflores 7

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San Isidro 3

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Palacio de Gobierno

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The neobaroque palace north of the Plaza de Armas is the official residence of the president. It was built on the site where Francisco...

Parque El Olívar

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For years this rambling olive grove was slowly disappearing as homes for wealthy citizens were built on its perimeter. The process was...

Parque Miraflores

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What locals call Parque Miraflores is actually two parks. The smaller section, near the roundabout, is Parque 7 de Junio, whereas the...

Parque Municipal

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Elegant royal palms, swirls of colorful bougainvillea, and the surrounding colonial architecture make this park stand out from others...

Parque de la Exposición

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Eager to prove that it was a world-class capital, Lima hosted an international exposition in 1872. Several of the buildings constructed...

Parque del Amor

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You could imagine you're in Barcelona when you stroll through this lovely park designed by Peruvian artist Victor Delfin. Like Antonio...

Plaza San Martín

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This spectacular plaza is unlike any other in the city. It is surrounded on three sides by neocolonial buildings dating from the 1920s,...

Plaza de Armas

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This massive square has been the center of the city since 1535. Over the years it has served many functions, from an open-air theater...

Puente de los Suspiros

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The romantically named Bridge of Sighs is a wooden walkway over the tree-shaded Bajada de los Baños. Though the bridge itself is nothing...

Sala Luis Miró Quesada Garland

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On the southern end of the Municipalidad de Miraflores (town hall), around the corner from Parque Miraflores, is the Sala Luis Miró...

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