Top 5 Must Do's in Lima

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Known as The City of Kings, Lima is the capital city of Peru and the 5th largest city in Latin America. This colonial city has a few things that you must do before you leave. Lima is a bit chaotic but easy a city to navigate and enjoy all it has to offer.

1. Plaza de Armas / Plaza Mayor

This is the original 16 th century center of the city and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. As you approach, the brilliant hues of yellow will lure you closer. If you are planning a day of sightseeing Plaza de Armas / Plaza Mayor is the place to begin your day. The architecture is fascinating and you can take lackadaisical horse drawn carriage rides rather than walk around. On the eastern side is the Cathedral, the oldest building on the square. Attractions close by are: the Casa del Oidor, the Archbishop's ... More >

2. Pachacamac

These vast and elaborate Inca ruins (200AC) are a must see while you are in Lima. The feeling you get as you walk amongst the ruins is magical. Pachacamac along with Cusco are the most important places worship for the people Peru before the Spanish arrived. There are temples, fortresses, a pyramid and small palaces. The museum here contains interesting and artifacts made of gold, ceramics and textiles.

3. The National Archaeology, Anthropology, and History Museum

This is the oldest and largest museum in Peru. There are over 100,000 artifacts housed here which represent every stage of human life since prehistoric times in this culturally rich country. The mummies and jewelry here are interesting and rich with history. Famous obelisks intricately carved in stone can be seen here including the Tello Oblisk and the Estela Raimondi.

4. Miraflores

The new cultural heart of the city is Miraflores. It is the center of the social and shopping scenes. Walk around and enjoy dining in one of the many restaurants and cafes. There are tourist sights here including the pre-Incan temple Huaca Pucallana, and the Enrico Poli Museum. You will need to call for an appointment to the museum but it is one of the foremost private collections of artifacts in Lima.

5. Parque de las Leyendas

This zoo has a wonderful collection of native animal species along with species from around the world. The giraffes here sometimes poke their heads over the fences and let you pet them. Surprisingly you can touch water buffalo here too. Reasonably price the Parque de las Leyendas is open everyday from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

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