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As the international gateway to Peru, Lima is unavoidable for travelers planning a trip to Machu Picchu. But there are reasons to stick around. Spend a day or two here to experience the electrifying mix of old and new; meet Peruvians from every corner of the country and with ancestry from all over the world; and work your way through a long list of must-eats including ceviche, Lomo Saltado, causa rellena and more. 

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Located along the central Pacific coast of Peru, Lima is a city rich in history and culture. Once known as the City of Kings, Lima is now a bustling metropolis surrounded by beautiful beaches and picturesque hills. 

As the international gateway to Peru, Lima is unavoidable for travelers planning a trip to Machu Picchu. But there are reasons to stick around. Spend a day or two here to experience the electrifying mix of old and new; meet Peruvians from every corner of the country and with ancestry from all over the world; and work your way through a long list of must-eats including ceviche, Lomo Saltado, causa rellena and more. 

Although many travelers tend to skip Lima and head straight to Cusco or Iquitos, the city is one of the most lively and colorful places in South America. Peru’s capital is a can’t-miss destination, best known for its delicious food, over 40 distinct neighborhoods, and burgeoning urban art scene. Before embarking from Lima to Machu Picchu, enjoy this vibrant city for all that it is worth.

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What to See & Do in Lima

Lima city is Peru’s capital city, It offers a unique introduction to the country’s culture and gastronomy. It is a must-stop on your journey to Machu Picchu. Browse the top attractions to explore and see in Lima

Lima’s historic center 

Lima’s city center or the Plaza de Armas is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a highlight of every Lima city tour. Here, you will explore the Santo Domingo Cathedral, the San Francisco Monastery, admire the wooden balconies of Lima, and more!

Best museums in Peru

If you are looking for the top museums that will give you a detailed and comprehensive understanding of the history of Peru, then you will love the capital of Peru. The Larco Museum, Pedro de Osma Museum, Gold Museum and other museums are worth visiting during your stay in Lima.

Best restaurants 

Trying all of the delicious Peruvian food is one of the best things to do in Lima. Lima boasts more than just a couple of the “World’s 50 Best restaurants” including Central, Maido, and more! Lima food tours and cooking classes are great ways to try out many of the different dishes and restaurants in the city.

Miraflores highlights 

If the Lima historic center represents the city’s past, Miraflores embodies its vibrant present and ever-evolving future. Home to the must-sees Parque Kennedy and the coastal Malecon which provides one of Lima’s most scenic landscapes, perfect for seaside strolls, as well as an endless number and variety of cafes, restaurants, bars, and shopping malls.

Barranco District

Barranco in Lima is known as an artistic, bohemian and romantic neighborhood. Here, you can taste the best ice cream in the city, taste handmade coffee, and buy unique Peruvian souvenirs. Winding down the streets are the gardens and restored historic mansions that were once the summer houses of Lima’s elite.

Magical water circuit

Magic Water Circuit is a fantastic park in the center of Lima. The world’s largest fountain park by the Guinness World Records, this is a thrilling show of light and water, a perfect activity for the whole family.

Lima City FAQs

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