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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Bajada de Baños

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The cobbled road that leads down to the "Baths"—the beaches—is shaded by massive trees and lined with historic architecture. Once...

El Mirador

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Walk down the path to the left of La Ermita church and you will find El Mirador, a scenic lookout with a view of the sea and coastline.

Galleria Lucia de la Puente

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Lucia de la Puente represents some of the best artists in Peru, as well as other South American nations, at Lima's premier gallery, housed...

Museo Mario Testino (MATE)

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Occupying a refurbished, turn-of-the-century house near the Museo Pedro de Osma, this small museum exhibits photos by renowned fashion...

Museo Pedro de Osma

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Even if there were no art inside this museum, it would still be worth the trip to see the century-old mansion that houses it. The mansard-roofed...

Museo de Arte Contemporáneo - Lima (MAC)

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Lima's newest art museum, inaugurated in 2013, the MAC Lima was built and is run by a privately funded institute on land donated by the...

Museo de la Electricidad

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In front of this tiny museum is a cherry-red urbanito, or streetcar, named Breda. From Tuesday to Sunday, for about 80 cents, you can...

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...

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...

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