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Introduction

Located on the coast at the mouth of the Rimac River, Lima was once known as the pearl of the Pacific. Wandering around modern-day Lima provides a snapshot of the complexity of the country, one of marked contrasts, struggling to blend the traditions of rural life with the realities of modern industry.

To feel the true spirit of the city stroll through the streets of the old city which resemble a Moorish town, with many wooden balconies adorning the fronts of the traditional manor houses. The central area has splendid colonial Spanish squares and churches, including the Plaza Mayor, Plaza San Martin, the cathedral, and the churches of Santo Domingo and San Francisco.

Situated on the cliffs above the sea Miraflores is one of the ‘garden districts’ of the capital, characterized by its green areas, where you can also find the best restaurants and hotels.

Pachacamac

Located in the Lurin Valley, 31km from Lima lies the site of Pachacamac. The area was a pre-Inca sanctuary, first settled in 200BC and over time became a vast complex of palaces and temple-pyramids, to which pilgrims from different parts of the territory went to pay homage to the god Pachacamac. The area survived Inca and Spanish conquests and through the ages, several civilisations adapted the city for their own use.

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Museums in Lima

Lima is home to some wonderful museums including:

The Archaeological Museum
Located in a grand colonial house, the National Archaeological Museum gives a great insight into the many pre-Inca cultures of Peru, as well as the more well known Incas, with many fascinating exhibits. Exhibits include: textiles, ancient metals and two important ancient carved stone monuments.

The Larco Herrera Museum
An amazing private collection, this museum offers an excellent overview of 3000 years of pre- Columbian Peruvian history. Ironically the beautiful colonial house and pleasant walled gardens, hosting the collection are built on the site of an historic 7th century pre-Columbian pyramid. Exhibits include: ancient gold, silver and ceramics.

Holiday Tip

Take a cooking lesson in Lima .  Your host will be Penelope Alzamora, a Peruvian chef who studies and worked in Boston and San Francisco before setting back in Lima.  Peruvian cuisine is attracting international acclaim with several Peruvian restaurants opening in London alone in the past 18 months.

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Peru boasts wonderful archaeological sites such as an Inca city suspended high in the cloud forest and its rainforest is home to an amazing diversity of plants and wildlife. It is also the foodie hub of South America.

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