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This area of Lima has a population of roughly 7,700,000 people.
The kids could spend a whole day zipping around and investigating the exotic animals at the Leyendas Park and the Huachipa Zoo.
For fresh air and relaxation, grab something for lunch and find a shady nook at one of the area's scenic green spaces, such as Exposition Park and Kennedy Park. You'll also find plenty of space to lie around on the grass at La Reserva Park and Miraflores Central Park.
Visitors who are on the lookout for the perfect opportunity to spend some time outdoors will find heaps of scenic coastline. Waikiki Beach and Hermosa Beach should be your first ports of call. Locals might also recommend Santa Maria Beach and Pucusana Beach.
Get active outdoors at Olivar Park and San Cristobal Hill.
Set aside a day or two to explore some of the favored exhibition spaces in the area. Savor the quiet and relaxing atmosphere as you admire the displays at the Museum of the Nation and Pachacamac Ruins. The Larco Herrera Museum and the Gold Museum are also worth considering.
Our natural world is a weird, wonderful place. If you are prone to disagree, an afternoon spent at the National Museum of the Archaeology Anthropology and History of Peru and the Museum of Natural History ought to be enough to change your mind. The well-maintained displays at the Museo Arqueologico Paracas are also well worth a look.
An oasis for art aficionados, this area is home to a range of gallery spaces in which local and international artists can exhibit their wares. Swing by the Museum of Italian Art and the Lima Art Museum for the best of what this creative enclave has to offer. The Pedro de Osma Museum and the MATE Mario Testino Association are also well worth a look if your schedule allows.
View the fascinating artifacts of the Metropolitan Museum of Lima or check out the exhibits at the National Museum of Peruvian Culture. Both are great options for amateur and serious historians.
To find out more about the area's rich and fascinating past, pay a visit to its many historic structures and monuments. Start your history tour at Huaca Pucllana Ruins and Torre Tagle Palace. You might also like to take a few photos at Government Palace and Real Felipe Fortress.
Observe the water flowing under Bridge of Sighs, an interesting example of civil engineering.
Learn about the homes of the most influential families of bygone days at Archbishop's Palace, one of the area's most impressive examples of architecture.
The region's spiritual side can be glimpsed at Cathedral of Lima and San Pedro Church. You may also like to read up on Church and Convent of San Francisco or Santa Rosa del Mar Church.
Though city squares often seem quite similar, each one has its own fascinating stories, characters and buildings that give it an identity all its own. On your explorations, make sure you wander through Plaza Mayor or Plaza San Martin. Glorieta Plaza and Plaza Lima Sur also hold a special place in the heart and soul of the locals.
This area contains a number of photo-worthy landmarks, such as Barranco Viewpoint and La Punta Pier.
Learn about the lives and experiences of women and men who helped to make Lima the place it is today at some of its memorial sites, such as Church and Convent of Santo Domingo and Convent of the Descalzos. If you want to continue on your trip down memory lane, you could also take a look at Villena Bridge and the Magic Water Circuit.
Do you want to meet the leaders of tomorrow? The Pontifical Catholic University of Peru, the National University of Engineering and the La Molina National Agrarian University are the biggest and the best educational institutions in the region, each hosting tours and open days throughout the year. It won't take long for you to see why students flock here in droves.
You'll soon discover why this area has a reputation as a shopping hub. Stay up to date with the latest trends, have a snack or just enjoy the atmosphere at Larcomar Shopping Center and ChocoMuseo. You're also bound to be impressed with the wide range at Divercity Theme Park and Minka Shopping Centre.
The La Tarumba Theater, the Grand National Theater of Peru and La Tarumba offer live shows to suit a variety of preferences. Book some tickets, take your seats and let the magic begin!
Before you pack up your bags and head off home, make sure you see some of the lesser-known attractions here. A couple of interesting places to start off with are the Ricardo Palma Cultural Center and the San Marcos Cultural Center. Also, consider checking out the Sala Luis Miro Quesada Garland Museum and Las Pizzas Street if your schedule allows.
Before you pack, visit the Lima hotel guide to compare hotel deals for the capital's many convenient lodging options.
Two of the top-ranking Lima options in which you will discover some of the most comfortable hotel features in town, are the Royal Park Hotel, at Camino Real Ave. 1050, and the Swissôtel Lima, at Via Central 150,Centro Empresarial Real. Alternatively, The Pucllana Hostel, at Jr Ayacucho 180, and the F1 Hostels Peru, at Av. Alcanfores 690 - Miraflores, are some listings worth checking out if you're traveling on the cheap.
Hanging out on a beach doing not much is all well and good, but there's nothing like getting stuck into some new experiences on your vacation!
The fantastic news is that in Lima there are heaps of things to do. Here are some of our picks:
If you'd like to view all the activities on offer, head to the Lima things to do page.