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Enjoy a culinary and cultural experience in bustling Lima, where the desert meets the coast, where ancient history mixes with 21st-century entertainment and where Peru’s poor hope to get rich.
The settlement along the Rímac River was once inhabited by Incas and earlier civilizations. After the Spanish founded Lima in 1535, they ruled for over 300 years. Today, nearly a third of Peru’s 30 million residents live in the capital. From the slums on the Cerros (hills) and the colorful colonial mansions, to the Catholic churches with Moorish roofs and Chinatown’s red gate, Lima’s urban sprawl is diverse.
Explore Lima’s colonial past in the central Plaza de Armas. A grand palace with marching guards, an ornate cathedral and a 17th-century fountain define this historic square. Sit on a bench and people-watch or browse nearby souvenir shops for brightly colored souvenirs. Tour the Convento y Museo de San Francisco and its 16th-century catacombs. Ride in a horse-drawn carriage or set out on foot and follow the shopping avenues to the monument-rich Plaza San Martin.
Take a metered taxi to the Museo Arqueológico Rafael Larco Herrera in the Pueblo Libre district to see pre-Columbian art, including Moche ceramics from over 2,200 years ago. For oceanfront entertainment, head south to Lima’s fashionable neighborhoods Miraflores and Barranco. Try Peru’s staple seafood dish ceviche or the alcoholic drink pisco sour.
In summer, ocean breezes provide a welcome reprieve from Lima’s desert air and smog. Winter days are mild, but often overcast. Because most Peruvians are poor and Lima attracts the wealthy, crime is an issue. Use the lockers and taxi service of your hotel and stick to the tourist areas.
Lima’s Jorge Chavez International Airport has connections to major global destinations. With daily planes and buses leaving from Lima for the surfing beaches of the Pacific Ocean, the lush Amazon jungle and the snow-capped Andes mountains, this fascinating city is just the start of your Peru adventure.
Accommodation in Lima
It being the national capital of Peru, Lima has an impressive array of hotels, resorts and other accommodations with some 262 Lima hotels that visitors can book via Expedia's easy-to-use lodgings page.
Those keen on accommodations at the luxury end of the scale will be delighted, Lima offers a range of great hotels, including the Belmond Miraflores Park, at Ave Malecon De La Reserva 1035, and the Hotel B, at Calle San Martin 301. For even more great premium options, make sure you check out the latest deals for the JW Marriott Hotel Lima, Malecon De La Reserva 615, and the Country Club Lima Hotel, Los Eucaliptos 590 San Isidro.
Located in Callao, this family-friendly hotel is 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from Minka Shopping Centre, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Leyendas Park and Plaza Norte Peru. MegaPlaza Shopping Center and Plaza San Miguel Mall are also within 6 mi (10 km).
Situated near the beach, this bed & breakfast is within 1 mi (2 km) of Pedro de Osma Museum, MATE Mario Testino Association, and Plaza Lima Sur. Electricity Museum and Ayacucho Popular Art Museum are also within 2 mi (3 km).
Situated near the beach, this hostel is 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from El Silencio Beach and within 12 mi (20 km) of Santa Maria Beach and Pachacamac Ruins. First Pisco Museum is 10.9 mi (17.5 km) away.
Located in Miraflores, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of ChocoMuseo, Amor Park, and Villena Bridge. Amano Museum and Las Pizzas Street are also within 15 minutes.
Situated near the beach, this guesthouse is 2.3 mi (3.7 km) from El Silencio Beach and within 12 mi (20 km) of Pachacamac Ruins and First Pisco Museum. Santa Maria Beach and Pucusana Beach are also within 16 mi (25 km).
Located in San Borja, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Museum of the Nation, Grand National Theater of Peru, and National Library of Peru. Aventura Plaza Mall and Jose Luis Bustamante y Rivero Park are also within 3 mi (5 km).
Located in Miraflores, this hostal is within a 15-minute walk of Ricardo Palma Cultural Center, Parroquia Nuestra Senora de Fatima, and Sala Luis Miro Quesada Garland Museum. Virgen Milagrosa Church and Kennedy Park are also within 15 minutes.
Located in Miraflores, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Parroquia Nuestra Senora de Fatima, Larcomar Shopping Center, and Ricardo Palma Cultural Center. Villena Bridge and Sala Luis Miro Quesada Garland Museum are also within 15 minutes.