If in Lima must visit historic center and just appreciate the architecture around. Nice place to visit.
If you rent a car @ Lima, don't forget to order ensurance since drivers are crazy and calm. (even tons of horm, they don't care) I've seen worse only in India hahaha
The 16th century San Francisco Convent features interesting old tiles from Seville, Nicaraguan mahogany roof, old frescoes and paintings and catacombs, where bodies were stacked and covered with lime. There are many interesting old churches and several pleasant plazas, colonial homes and palaces and a Chinatown with Asian temples, a Chinese Arch and restaurants featuring chifa (Chinese-Peruvian CUISINE).
Thoroughly enjoyed our walking tour of Lima but I would not advise anyone to do this walk alone in the back streets especially. We had a guide and we covered the back streets looking at all the beautiful but not restored old Spanish townhouses with their timber balconies. The authorities have done a remarkable job restoring a small proportion of... More
It is a nice place to be seen especially the main square called plaza das armas but as often in south american cities you can see small ancient building just attached to skycrapers and this gives you an idea of confusion and disorder
The best part was dining at Olamo Terraza. The restaurant looks over the Plaza. If you have lunch during the changing of the guard you have the best seat in the Plaza.
We were on a tour so time is always limited from place to place. We had been dropped off and we were exploring the Plaza. There was a peaceful demonstration going on and you could hear the noise but it only added to the "real" Lima. Peru is always in some conflict or another. We arrived a little before noon... More
Well preserved (restored) colonial buildings and churches, mostly around Plaza de Armas which give a feel of days past, inspire the chaotic traffic you encounter everywhere
Beautiful architechture, trees, gardens, statues. If you go by day, be sure to see the Change of the Guards, at 12 noon, at the Presidential House. Be on time or a little earlier as the guards are not on the "peruvian hour" (sorry to say, but always late). They are very punctual! After the change of guards, have a stroll,... More
This is Lima's main attraction, of course, because it holds the old colonial core of the city dating from early 1700s, a truly great historic center, I think. Even so, what I believe diminishes Lima's old core is that many shops begin closing down around 6 and, except for the central plaza, the sense of security is diminished even while... More
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