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Things to do in Lima

Soak in the history of Lima's original town square at Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor). When the city was founded in 1535, its design required a
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In stark contrast to the skyscrapers and modern infrastructure surrounding it, the steep stones of Huaca Pucllana boast more than 1,000 years
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Standing proudly since 1774, Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas in World Heritage-listed central Lima has survived several earthquakes
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Museo Larco , Lima
Get in touch with ancient Peruvian history and culture with a visit to Museo Larco. The museum, known in particular for its expansive collect
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Miraflores , Lima
As one of the most affluent and popular districts in the Peruvian capital, Miraflores holds many points of interest for you to discover. Expl
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Founded in 1535 by Spanish explorer Francisco Pizarro, Lima represents an interesting blend of modern attractions and preserved colonial architecture, much of it clustered in the World Heritage-listed city center. Major places to visit in Lima include renowned theaters, outstanding art and history museums, and colonial-era churches from the 16th and 17th centuries. When on vacation in Lima, you'll have plenty of opportunites to discover Peru's distinct and tasty cuisine, which artfully combines ingredients from the coastal areas, mountain ranges, and Amazon regions. A convenient base for touring the rest of the country, Lima offers easy access to popular beachfront areas and history-soaked archeological sites. Put Lima at the heart of your travel plans by using our Peru trip builder site.

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Where to stay in Lima

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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