Lima: what to see in the capital of Peru, neighborhoods

What to see in Lima, attractions and main monuments, what to do with the itinerary and places of interest to visit, from the Monasterio San Francisco to Gold Museum

Travel Guide Lima

Located along the central coast, between the Pacific Ocean and the Andes, Lima is the capital of Peru ‘, the city of ancient history even though some architectures of the past have been totally or largely destroyed by frequent earthquakes that occurred during the centuries. In the beautiful city center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the main attraction is represented by the Monasterio de San Francisco in the Baroque style, with the characteristic portico and the library that collects antique books. In Lima there are elegant neighborhoods including the Bohemian village of Barranco, famous for the inhabitants very creative, among which there are artists, photographers and musicians. Both night and day no shortage of things to do, a visit to the food market, sit in a nice café, enjoy culinary specialties in the lively restaurants of which there is a wide selection and for all budgets. Along the coast, temperatures are mild throughout the year and fans of sea and surf can enjoy the beautiful beaches.

What to see in Lima in a day

Monasterio de San Francisco is one of the greatest treasures of Lima, its library contains over 25,000 ancient texts, some dating back to the time before the colonial period, the catacombs were the first major burial place citizen. In the dining hall you can admire 13 paintings depicting the biblical figures of Jacob and his sons, in addition to the carved cedar wood dome above the staircase from the library.

Plaza de Armas or Plaza Mayor: with its gardens, the old street lamps and bronze fountain, this charming central square of Lima is a living representation of elegance that prevailed at the time of the colonial period. On the north side of the square dominates the Government House, where he resides today the President of the Republic, visited by booking one day in advance. The main attraction is the changing of the guard, inside there are some remains of the Spanish Baroque, and a small Museum of Religious Art.

Barranco is a popular neighborhood that attracts large crowds, especially on weekends, with its vibrant array of restaurants and nightlife, the people very creative and a panoramic position overlooking the sea. Compared to Saturdays and Sundays, during the week the atmosphere is quiet. Many of the large colonial houses, once built for the richest families in the city are still inhabited.
Mate: photo gallery, housed in a building of the 19th century, is dedicated to the exhibition of the largest collection of photographs by Mario Testino, one of the most famous fashion photographers in the world.

Miraflores: seaside suburb which is a good base for exploring the rest of the city. Parque Kennedy, a beautiful wooded park surrounded by cafes, offers an escape from the noise and pollution of the center. At Miraflores are good shops to buy local crafts and a modern shopping center. The Rosa Nautica is a famous local sea to eat and drink while, for those who prefer to swim in the pool, it is recommended to visit the Miraflores Park Hotel.

Museum of the Inquisition: in the basement of the museum there are appalling examples of instruments of torture used by the Spanish inquisitors. The charming neoclassical building also features a beautifully carved mahogany ceiling.

National Museum: located in the outskirts of San Borja ordered, is the main archaeological and anthropological museum in the nation. Its wide range of permanent exhibitions explores the history of Peru from its ancient tribal cultures. In the museum are also collections of ancient pottery and traditional peasant costumes, also is also home to temporary exhibitions.

Palacio de Torre Tagle: is located two blocks east of the Plaza Mayor, and is considered a jewel of colonial Lima. It was built in 1735 on behalf of Don José Bernardo de Tagle y Bracho, appointed first marquis by King Charles V of Spain. The building has beautiful carved wooden balconies and decorated with azulejos that betray the influence of Spanish and Moorish.

Cerro San Cristóbal is a hill located in the north-east of Lima, which offers sweeping views over the city. On the top is a large cross illuminated at night, a café and a small museum.

The Convent of the Barefoot: this ancient monastery, located in the Rimac, was founded in 1592 and takes its name from the Congregation of the Franciscan friars barefoot. To see the collection of paintings, the kitchen, the infirmary, the monks’ cells and the Chapel of the Virgin.

Gold Museum: houses hundreds of objects in gold and silver, is the largest city in Peru.