A place of incredible architectural beauty, world-class cuisine and an indigenous history that sprawls millennia, all of this comes together to form a city that is unlike anywhere else on Earth. Lima is a place that also incorporates lush mountains and breath-taking Pacific beaches. As the capital of Peru, the onetime capital of the Spanish Empire in Latin America and the fifth largest modern city in South America, it is a wonderful blend of old and new.
The city was founded in the 16th century by Spanish conquistadors, but the area itself had been home to indigenous civilisations and local tribes for thousands of years, most significantly the Incas who had a nearby settlement, just outside of the modern-day city. Peru became officially independent from Spain in 1824 and for the 150 years after the country saw much political upheaval. Today however its capital city is Lima, a culturally diverse, economically stable and eternally fascinating city.
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Lima is a vast city, with almost nine million inhabitants and no end of cultural landmarks and sights that date from ancient civilisations to modern times. Fitting it all in won't be easy, but we have selected the top sights and things to do during your time in the Peruvian capital.
A visit to the Peruvian capital includes a visit to art galleries housed in beautiful colonial buildings as well as visits to the many pre-Hispanic ruins found in and around the city. Upscale shopping, beaches and delicious seafood are all part of a day's work in this city. Like much of Latin America, the local Liman population like to celebrate in style which means the city plays host to a number of street festivals such as Carnavales and Independence Day.
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Locals have a lot to celebrate in his city from independence to religious festivals and cultural events. Depending on when you arrive in Lima you are likely to find one or more annual events occurring.
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Overall, Lima is safe to visit.
Lima is safe and nice for solo female travelers.
Lima is not that expensive to visit compared with other popular desinations, such as New York and Paris.
The public transportation system in Lima is extensive and affordable, such as Metropolitano bus.
Barranco and Miraflores are recommended areas, since they're relatively safer and visually more attractive.