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Once considered 'The City of Kings', Lima is having something of a renaissance. It can be a tricky city to appreciate, but this sprawling and chaotic city has some of the South America's best museums and internationally recognised restaurants; if your international flights leave you time here, there is plenty to do.
Lima was founded in 1535 by Francisco Pizarro, the Spanish conquistador who masterminded the conquest of the Incas after defeating Inca Atahualpa.

The Plaza de Armas is a central historical hub, with the Presidential palace and many colonial era buildings here and the San Franciso catacombs nearby.
Lima has some exceptional museums, including the private pre-Columbian collection of Larco Herrera hosted at a former vice-royal building. The collection displays artefacts chronicling 10,000 years of pre-Colombian history, including erotic pottery and many other permanent and guest exhibits.
Heading south on the sun route along the Pacific Coast  you reach the Ballestas Islands; an ideal location for day trips to islands rich in marine life. A little further down the coast are more luxury beach retreats in nearby Paracas.

Enjoying the best of Lima

Lima can be a tricky city to fully appreciate, but as most international flights land in Lima, it is worth knowing what's out there. 
It often depends on what time you land as to whether you should sample the best of the city or choose to base yourself at the airport hotel before catching an onwards internal flight.

Where to stay

The two main areas to stay in Lima are Miraflores and Barranco. Miraflores has many modern high rise international hotels with ample restaurants nearby. Alternatively, the bohemian neighbourhood of Barranco is up and coming, and slightly quieter.

Top tip

While in Lima, eat cerviche! Ceviche is a zesty and refreshing marinaded seafood that comes in many different styles.  If you like seafood you must try  the ceviche here, it is amongst the best in the world. 


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