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 travel time between any of them and El Centro is 20 to 30 minutes. During rush hour (7:30 to 9 am and 5:30 to 7:30 pm) travel times double.

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Correo Central

  • Government Building

Inaugurated in 1924, this regal structure looks more like a palace than a post office. You can buy a postcard or send a package, but...

Country Club Lima Hotel

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Two royal palms stand guard, and a red carpet leads up the stairs to the entrance of this stately hotel built in 1926. Widely regarded...

El Faro de la Marina

  • Nautical Site/Lighthouse

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

El Mirador

  • Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

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.

Estación de Desamparados

  • Building/Architectural Site

Inaugurated in 1912, Desamparados Station was the centerpiece for the continent's first railway, which stretches from the port of Callao...

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, inside...

Huaca Huallamarca

  • Archaeological Site/Ruins

This mud brick pyramid, thought to be a place of worship, predates the Incas. Painstakingly restored on the front side, it seems out...

Huaca Pucllana

  • Archaeological Site/Ruins

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

Iglesia de Jesús, María y José

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The 1659 Church of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph may be smaller than some of El Centro's other churches, but inside is a feast for the eyes.

Iglesia de San Pedro

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The Jesuits built three churches in rapid succession on this corner, the current one dating from 1638. It remains one of the finest examples...


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