Steeped in history, Peru’s capital city of Lima, is enveloped by beautiful colonial vestiges bestowed upon the city by the Spanish. Founded by Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro in 1535, the bustling city has become one of South America’s largest. Once known as the City of Kings, Lima is now a sprawling metropolis that is flanked by picturesque hills and valleys as well as pristine beaches that outline the Pacific Ocean. It is also hailed as the gastronomic capital of Latin America.
There’s no shortage of things to do and see in Lima. Whether it’s the world-class food, nightlife, colonial-style architecture or surfing, this Peruvian gem really does provide something for every traveller. Owing to its rich cultural heritage, explorers are treated to a spectacular array of historic monuments and prominent examples of colonial architecture, most of which, such as the Monastery of San Francisco, Plaza Mayor and the Cathedral of Lima, can be conveniently found in the city centre.
Renowned as South America’s culinary capital, Lima too boasts an array of world-class eateries and authentic local gems. The Andean country’s cuisine reflects the rich tradition and cultural diversity including indigenous ingredients with European influences. Must-try Peruvian specialties include ceviche, a marinated raw fish dish with all the flavour of the sea. And with the expansive Pacific Ocean just west of the city, there is no shortage of fresh fish. Additionally, leisure activities such as tranquil boat cruises to various small islands off the coast and excellent shopping and entertainment opportunities abound. Celebrated as a space of converging trends, created by its people and their living culture, representing every aspect of Peru, one visit to Lima is never enough.