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Centro Historico de Lima, Lima

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Explore magnificent streets lined with charming Spanish-era buildings at Centro Historico de Lima. The old town, which served for centuries as the capital of Spain's colonies in South America, still retains its distinctly Spanish flavor, typified by its layout and architecture. With many of the best attractions in Lima concentrated in the neighborhood, including the city's main square and many of its most important churches and museums, there's no better place to start your Lima itinerary. Using our international travel planner, Lima attractions like Centro Historico de Lima can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • WOW! This part of Lima is amazing. Beautiful, old, historic buildings. Lots of culture. Even more stunning at night when the buildings are lit up!  more »
  • The old Center of Lima you should just do it. Around the various squares are lots of things to see. Especially around the central square are a number of beautiful buildings, including the Presidential Palace. Around noon is up there with the changing of the guard ceremony. The old cafe Cordazo I would skip, the average cafe in Netherlands is more special.
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  • The Cathedral of Lima is full of history and details, which is not possible to know without a guide. Inside the Cathedral there are people that make tour guides for a tip. The girl who was our guide had much knowledge of the history of the Peru and the same Cathedral. He was very friendly and we were very compliant.
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One of Peru's most expensive destinations, Lima offers accommodations that range from modern hotel high-rises to family-run guesthouses. Most visitors stay in Barranco, Miraflores, or San Isidro, three of the city's safest and prettiest neighborhoods, which offer a good selection of budget lodgings. For something truly authentic, look for hotels located in restored mansions, many of which offer pleasant rooms overlooking manicured enclosed gardens, ideal for enjoying romantic meals or hosting small private parties.
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