Lives in Oshawa, Canada
Since Sep 2008
65+ year old female
I lecture on cruise ships all over the Americas and we travel overland before or after. We use local travel agents and receive prompt and quality attention.
Historic Sites, Historic Walking Areas, Neighbourhoods
Points of Interest & Landmarks, Fountains
Sacred & Religious Sites
Points of Interest & Landmarks
Churches & Cathedrals
Architectural Buildings, Government Buildings
Points of Interest & Landmarks, Neighbourhoods
Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites
Natural History Museums
Points of Interest & Landmarks, Parks
Points of Interest & Landmarks
Ancient Ruins, Sacred & Religious Sites
Lima's historic centre is its colonial heart. The cathedral, archbishop's palace (now a museum), Plaza de Armas, Church of San Francisco, and the University of San Marcos--the oldest university in the Americas--are all in walking distance of each other.
The Centre of historic Lima is surrounded by the cathedral, archbishop's palace, Palacio de Gobierno (presidential palace) and City Hall.
The former archbishop's residence has been turned into a wonderful colonial museum.
One of LIma's most beautiful churches is just 2 blocks from the Plaza de Armas.
General José de San Martín, the liberator of Argentina and Chile, was also the first independence fighter to arrive in Perú--the last Spanish-American colony to be liberated. He is duly honoured in this large plaza a 10 minute walk on a pedestrian street from the Plaza de Armas.
The church is a repository of colonial history with a 25,000 volume--mostly hand written--books, and catacombs that contain the bones of 25,000 people. There are tours in English and Spanish. No photography is allowed.
High noon every day brings the changing of the guard, a ceremony that begins 15 minutes before the hour with a concert by the military band. The changing of the guard is an elaborate ceremony that takes another 15-20 minutes.
For my money this is the best museum in Lima--a city with several outstanding museums. Information is provided in 6 languages; non-flash photography is allowed. Renovated and expanded in 2010, the museum provides a trip through the pre-Columbian history of Peru, up to the Incas. Don't miss the storerooms just off the first gallery, where thousands of items are stored and grouped by category.
The Larco Museum's Café is one of Lima's best. It offers a variety of typical Peruvian cuisine and something for every palate. I recommend lunch here before or after visiting the museum.
If you are in the centre of Miraflores (Parque Kennedy) at meal time, La Tiendecita Blanca is a lovely restaurant on the corner.
This is one of Lima's best restaurants: fantastic Peruvian food, lovely setting.
This is the heart of modern Lima and is a beautiful, safe area to wander around. Miraflores has everything: traditional artisan markets, modern malls, great restaurants, fast food, museums and two pre-Inca archaeological sites.
Every weekend there is art in the park where juried artists sell their creations. During the week, it's a nice place to sit and people-watch.
The largest excavated pre-Columbian site in Miraflores, you must take a guided tour--in English or Spanish--of this Lima Culture site.
Attos is a low-cost restaurant with typical--and delicious--Peruvian food. It is a half-block from the large indigenous markets (see map) in Miraflores.
This small Lima Culture site has a lovely museum with artifacts found during excavations.
Plan on an awe-inspiring trip into Peru's past at South America's greatest archaeological museum. In addition to covering all the major and several minor cultures and civilizations of pre-Columbian Peru, there is an adjacent building with memorabilia from the War for Independence,
On a clear day the park offers a spectacular view of the Malecón--the costal highway--and Pacific Ocean.
A drive along the Costa Verde--a long section of the Malecón or costal highway-- on a clear day gives you a great view of the ocean, the parks that have been finished and those still under construction. There are also two great restaurants: the Costa Verde and the Rosa Nautica (compass rose for all you sailors).
About a 5 minute walk from the Parque Kennedy, Alfresco has wonderful food and semi-outdoor dining.
Located a 40 minute drive south of Lima, Pachacamac is the largest archaeological site in the area. Originally built by the Lima Culture, it was taken over by the Incas, added to and made a ceremonial centre. Be sure to visit the museum before touring the site.
This is a small, private museum that offers tours only in Spanish or Japanese. It has an extraordinary collection of pre-Columbian textiles, many in perfect condition. One must make a reservation for a tour, which can be arranged through your hotel.
This is an alternative to Pachacamac and is an all-day trip. It is a 2.5. hour drive north of Lima and leaving by 7:30 a.m. is strongly recommended. Caral is the oldest city in the Americas, contemporaneous with the Egyptian pyramids. It is built entirely of adobe but they used bamboo for "rebar" and made "gabian" walls using nets woven from cotton. It is entirely flat walking but it is a large area and will take at least two hours to complete.
This is the way to end your three days in Lima. Astrid y Gaston is one of Peru's premier restaurants and there aren't enough superlatives to cover either the food or the service.