Top Attractions in Lima
Top Attractions in Lima
From the archaeological ruins and iconic architecture to creative sculptures that decorate the parks and Peruvian craft traditions, Lima is home to over 7million people belonging to an eclectic mix of cultures. Boasting of colonial-era splendour, oceanfront setting, sophisticated dining and nonstop nightlife, this traffic-clogged city is rising up above an endless shoreline of crumbling cliffs. A visit to this sophisticated-yet-traditional city includes gawking at tidy streets, handsomely landscaped parks and sweeping ocean views that go well with rich pre-Colombian heritage, ethnic diversity, and emerging art and fashion scenes, as well as nightlife that will sway you away off your feet. Look for that camera hanging around on your neck to capture the best of the moments in this cosmopolitan region. What cannot be missed in the city of kings is its culinary scene that is known to offer an out-of-the-world gastronomic experience in the whole of continent. ‘Embrace the glorious mess that you are’ - Lima has stuck to this line with its aesthetic delights and rich history. A walk through the streets of the city is a walk through history filled with excellent adventures for oneself. Exploring the city and discovering its bloom side is an exciting, interesting and unforgettable experience that one certainly cannot miss.
The oldest public square in the city, Plaza De Armas or popularly known as the Plaza Mayor, covering an area of 140 square meters is the birthplace of the city. Previously serving as the beating heart of the 16th-century indigenous settlement, the place was redesigned by Francisco Pizarro and was central to Spanish colonization. The spectacular bronze fountain constructed in 1650 stands as a highlight of the plaza. It was once a ceremonial center of ancient Lima with all kinds of festivities and events taking place here. Surrounding the plaza are a number of significant buildings and restaurants, cafés and bars.
Featuring one of the biggest display of ceramics, Larco museum is definitely the place for a ceramic lover. Founded by Pre-Columbian collector Rafael in 1926, the museum boasts of a collection of over 50000 pots with ceramic works from the Chimu, Nazca, Cupisnique, Chancay and Inca cultures. However, the spotlight is grabbed by the sublime Moche portrait vessels that are showcased in lit cases. You will also find Wari weaving on display consisting of 398 linear threads that maintain a record. You will also stumble upon treasures of gold, jewels and other Pre-Columbian illustrations with comical twists. Do take a visit to the highly recommended on-site Cafe that serves as a perfect spot for having some ceviche.
Popularly recognized as the “Ciudad de los Reyes” or City of Kings, the Historic Centre of Lima is situated in the Rimac Valley and was founded in 1535 by Francisco Pizarro, a Spanish conqueror. Despite being destroyed by earthquakes repeatedly, the site is proudly recognized as a World Heritage site by UNESCO. A great place to know about the town's history, it served as an important political, economic and cultural hub for Spanish colonization in South America.
Plaza San Martín:
Established in the early 20th century, Plaza San Martin is one of the largest public squares in the city that was recognized as a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1988. Built in the honor of the first centennial celebration of the independence of the country, today, it is considered as the city's growing and rejuvenating park that gives the surrounding beaux-arts architecture a much-needed scrubbing. It pays tribute to General Jose de San Martin, the leader of the struggle for Independence in the continent and hence, you will see the statue of the leader dominating the plaza. Visit the plaza in the evening to be stumped by landscapes the illuminated structures create.
Parque de la Exposición:
One of the most eclectic green spaces in the city, the Park of Exposition was constructed after the wall of Lima was destroyed. Built under the governance of Jose Balta, the park houses some historical monuments that date back to the centennial of the independence of the country. Being the artistic center of the city, the Museum of Art in Lima is situated in the heart of this recreation ground. However, the archbishop's palace, with its fascinating architecture marks as the spotlight of this lush space. Wander through the park and come across numerous gardens, lakes, museums and amphitheaters or attend various events and concerts hosted here.
Situated near the Óvalo Gutiérrez in the Miraflores district, Huaca Pucllana is a significant administrative and adobe ritual center of the city's culture that dates back to 500 A.D. It was the discovery of 4 Wari mummies in 2010 that made this site more popular. This historical urban space in the midst of modern area reminds the Limeños of their archaeological heritage. Awaken the archaeologist in you and explore the ruins of the tiered pyramids and walled rooms that form a part of the icon of the city. The site is accessible by regular guided tours in Spanish and there’s also an onsite museum and a restaurant that is celebrated for its incredible views.
El Circuito Mágico del Agua:
When you come to Parque de La Reserva the sight of a circuit of illuminated fountains greet you. Inaugurated in 2007, the magical circuit is an emblem of the recovery of public spaces of the city. One of the largest fountain complexes in the world, you will be fascinated by a dozen splendiferously illuminated fountains capped by a laser light show at the end of the long Fantasy Mountain. This enticing display is a set to a medley of melodies comprising of various styles from Peruvian music to international bands.
Basílica y Convento de San Francisco de Lima:
Take a short walk from the downtown of the city and stumble upon one of the iconic and best preserved colonial churches of Lima. Known for housing around 70,000 bone-lined catacombs that were excavated in 1943, this bright yellow Franciscan monastery and church is one of a kind. From canvases of the biblical patriarch Jacob to geometric copula, Basílica y Convento de San Francisco will take you through the glorious past of the city with its historical tales. This baroque style building along with an extensive library that consists of 25,000 antiquarian books hides many more treasures for you to discover.
Meaning creator of the world in Quechua Language, Pachacamac finds itself around 31kilometers away from the city and is a Pre-Columbian citadel made up of adobe and stone palaces along with temple pyramids. Once upon a time a major Inca city, most of the buildings are little more than piles of rubble that sprinkle upon the deserted landscape. This archaeological site is purely for the archaeologists and history geeks, you can just come here to explore the ruins and get to know more about the Incan history. There is also a visitors center and cafe at the site entrance where one simple map can be obtained in order to guide yourself through the area. Guided tours for the site are available from around PEN $25 per person.
Park of Love:
Parque del Amor or the Park of Love in the Miraflores district of the city is a paradise for lovers. Situated along the mighty Pacific Ocean, the breeze dances to the tunes of love, especially during sunrise and sunset. Encircled with artsy mosaics and soul-stirring landscapes, the park is specifically known for its El Beso statue that displays an intimate kiss between two lovers. The undulating walls of the park are inscribed with several romantic phrases written by Peruvian poets. Right beside the park is the Villena Rey bridge that is thronged by couples who come to admire the view, making this the perfect spot to express your love.