Peru • South America

From: Peru Travel Guide

See also: Naval MuseumNational Museum of Archaeology, Anthropology and History of Peru

Lima, Peru, South America
Founded in 1535 by Fancisci Pizarro after Peruvian war of Independence the capital city of Peru is home to well over 7 million people and is vibrant place that is full of surprises.

There are plenty of shopping opportunities to be had in Lima with the downtown markets and street stalls where you can pick up just about anything from clothing to books, although be aware that pickpockets do target these bustling areas so keep an eye on your valuables. For the most upmarket shopping, dining, accommodation and entertainment sites then head for the suburb of Miraflores which has plenty to offer. Miraflores is the place to pick up some excellent quality items such as clothing, jewelry, fragrances and accessories scattered amongst several shopping malls and boutiques.

The suburb of Miraflores has several cinemas and nightclubs and is well known for its active nightlife. Lima also has a large theatre scene with classic, modern and dance theatres available and with regular performances such as at the Municipal Theater, Maguey Theater and Segura Theatre. Also available are music and dance clubs and many bars.

There are plenty of restaurants situated throughout Lima with many of the good quality ones to be found in Miraflores. Due to Lima's location there are plenty of fish restaurants serving dish's such as Peru's classic national dish Ceviche as well as many other fresh fish and seafood dishes.

The city of Lima has a mild subtropical and desert climate which during the winter months of June to September averages between 13 and 19 *C and during the spring and summer months rising to between 15 to 30 * C. There is very little rain in Lima but humidity is high especially in the summer.

Travel Guide
The Jorge Chavez International Airport is the largest in the country and is the starting point for most International travellers. There are also plenty of taxi's and busses to get you around the city.

Lima is positioned about halfway along Peru's coastline in-between Chilca to the north and Chancay to the south.

Lima Attractions Guide
Lima has several museums which contain many rare and fascinating artefacts from impressive gold collections to paintings.

Naval Museum
The Naval Museum (El Museo Naval) is located in the city of Lima and contains several important pieces relating to naval history with items such as paintings, weapons, replica boats and statues among the exhibits... more about The Naval Museum

The National Museum of the Archaeology, Anthropology and History of Peru
The museum holds a great many rare artefacts such as textiles, ceramics and jewelry from several ancient cultures, one of the most popular artefacts is the Chavin Tello Obelisk... more about The National Museum Of The Archaeology, Anthropology and History Of Peru

Museum of Natural History
There is also the museum of Natural History which was founded in 1918 and has many unique specimens of plants, minerals, mammals and fossils unique to Peru.

The Larco Museum
The Larco Museum is located in the beautiful 18th century vice royal mansion and has an incredible collection of artefacts from the Nazca, Moche, Chimu and Inca cultures and features the particularly impressive gold and jewelry collection.

Museo de Arte de Lima
The Museo de Arte de Lima has a vast collection of fine artwork and artefacts and offers both temporary and permanent collections that range from pre Inca to present day.

The Park of the Reserve
The Park of the Reserve is an 8 hectare park which contains several sculptures and 13 magnificent fountains one of which is called the Fantasia Fountain. The fountains are used in a beautifully sequenced light and music show.