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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El Faro de la Marina

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Constructed in 1900, this little lighthouse at the north end of Parque Antonio Raimundi, a short walk from the Parque del Amor, has guided...

Huaca Pucllana

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Rising out of a nondescript residential neighborhood is this massive, mud-brick temple. You'll be amazed at the scale—this pre-Inca...

Instituto Cultural Peruano Norteamericano

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The large gallery in the lower floor of the Instituto Cultural Peruano Norteamericano primarily exhibits the work of contemporary Peruvian...

Museo Amano

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Although only two rooms, this museum packs a lot into a small space. The private collection of pre-Columbian artifacts includes some...

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 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...

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...