Lima

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 neig
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 c
Once a compact city surrounded by small towns, Lima is now a vast metropolitan area that is home to nearly 9 million peo

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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  • 1. Museo Larco

    Pueblo Libre | Museum/Gallery

    Fuchsia bougainvillea tumbles over the white walls surrounding the colonial bishops mansion built atop a pre-Columbian temple. It houses the...Read More

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  • 2. Museo Pedro de Osma

    Barranco | Museum/Gallery

    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...Read More

  • 3. Plaza de Armas

    El Centro | Plaza/Square/Piazza

    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 for melodramas...Read More

  • 4. Casa Riva-Agüero

    El Centro | House/Mansion/Villa

    A pair of balconies with celosías —intricate wood screens through which ladies could watch passersby unobserved—grace the facade of this rambling...Read More

  • 5. Catedral

    El Centro | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The first church on the site was completed in 1625. The layout for this immense structure was dictated by Francisco Pizarro, and his basic vision...Read More

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