Most tourists evoke images of Machu Picchu when they think about Peru, but the country is very rich and fascinating!Lima, known as the city of Kings, boasts one of the nicest colonial downtown areas in South America. If you plan to travel to Lima, but you are still not convinced, here we give you five reasons why the main city of Peru is a great destination for any kind of traveler.
1. CULTURAL DIVERSITY AND RICHNESS
Located in the coast of the Pacific Ocean, Lima is the capital of Peru, and it is a city of surprises and contrasts. It is the result of a marvelous fusion of different cultures: European and Andean traditions are merged together in their streets, museums, monuments and people.
2. HISTORIC VALUE
The historic center of Lima, located between the districts of Cercado and Rimac, was declared a World Heritage Site in 1988 and it is one of the most important tourist destinations in Peru. Among the buildings in the historic center of Lima, there are many balconies of the colonial and republican times which give the city of Lima a very unique charm. The best spots to visit are the San Martín Square, the Cathedral, the convent of San Francisco, the Palace of Torre Tagle, the ‘Casona’ of san Marcos and many others.
3. MARVELOUS CUISINE
Peruvian gastronomy is really good, and in Lima there are many high level restaurants to enjoy it. The Andean country’s cuisine reflects the rich tradition and cultural diversity of the country, that includes indigenous ingredients and also the influence of european immigration. One of the most typical and delightful dishes in South America, and specially known in Peru, is Ceviche. It is based on marinated raw fish, with all the flavour of the sea. Pisco Sour is the national drink and Peruvian beer is excellent!
4. INTERESTING MUSEUMS
Many museums in Lima show archaeological treasures which include the Inca gold and other cultural wonders. Some of the most interesting are the Museum of Colonial Art, Museum of Contemporanean Art of Lima, Museum of the Chocolate, Museum of the Nation, Museum of Gold, Museum of Italian Art and Museum of Art of Lima.
5. NATURE, BEACHES, AND ADVENTURE
For those who prefer nature and outdoor activities, Lima has also good options for them. The city has two traditional zoos. Exclusive beaches are visited during the summer months, which are located on the south of the Panamerican Highway, in resorts such as Punta Hermosa, San Bartolo and Asia. Many restaurants, nightclubs, lounges, bars, clubs and hotels have been opened in these places for swimmers.