Lima congregates Peru’s character through its gastronomic, artistic and cultural fusions. With its almost 10 million inhabitants, it displays the contagious and vertiginous energy of the great capitals of the world. It is a combination of rich history, which may be discovered in its historic center and in many districts close to Miraflores, and modernity.
Lima is located in the valley formed by the rivers Rimac, Lurin and Chillon, in front of the Pacific Ocean. Its climate is mild, with two distinct seasons: the radiant summer, from December to April, with temperatures between 19 and 30 ºC, and the cloudy and grey winter, when temperatures drop to 13 ºC. Thanks to its location, Lima has a perfect combination of the coastal climate and the climate of the low mountains, as it may de discovered in Cañete, Pachacamac or Lunahuana.
Lima is not just a place to stop on your way to other destinations in Peru. This city maintains rich cultural expressions that go from pre-Inca times to the conquest by the Spanish, who elevated Lima to the status of colonial capital. This is when Lima achieved its maximum splendor, as may be observed in its historical center, its churches, monuments and antique residences.
Lima’s long history is displayed in more than 30 huacas made of adobe and distributed throughout the city, and in the imposing archeological site of Pachacamac. Pachacamac was an oracle and one of the main places of worship for the ancient coastal cultures, which acquired its greatest development with the Incas. Some of the huacas, the most important ones, are located in the Miraflores district, very close to our hotel.
The city’s colonial character may be found in its Plaza de Armas, located next to the Archiepiscopate and the Municipal and Government Palaces; in the Santo Domingo Covent, which contains the tombs of Saint Rosa de Lima, patron of the city, and Saint Martin de Porres; or in the San Francisco Church and its catacombs.
Furthermore, Lima has an extraordinary variety of museums where you may discover all the cultures of ancient Peru as well as the most modern art expressions in the country, as may be found in the Lima Art Museum or in the Contemporary Museum in Barranco. Lima offers a long travel along creation and art through impressive museums or small exposition rooms where Miraflores is a privileged spot for its rich offer and variety.
Among the finest museums in Lima are the Museum of Archeology, Anthropology and History in Pueblo Libre, the Museo de la Nacion and its impressive collection of huacos, the Larco Museum with the greatest expressions of the Moche culture, the Gold Museum located in Larcomar, Mario Testino’s museum in Barranco, and the Lima Art Museum, one of the best places to enjoy Peru’s colonial, republican and contemporary art.
Peru’s history is also fused and recreated in its gastronomy. Successive migrations of Chinese, Spanish, Italians, Germans and other nationalities have enriched our dishes throughout the years and the creativity of new chefs has transformed Peruvian food in the last years into one of the best worldwide. This may be ascertained in any of Lima’s various fine restaurants.
Lima, a destination in itself, is the starting point for discovering a millenary country generous in cultural traditions, gastronomy and an almost infinite wild nature.