Don’t miss out on Lima! In the excitement to hurry along to Peru’s iconic site, many travelers arrive to Lima off the red-eye and continue onward to Cusco. To do so would be a mistake.
Founded by the conquistador Francisco Pizarro in 1535, Lima was first named ‘City of Kings’ – a biblical reference to the ‘Three Wise Men of the East’ – before its name was changed by the Spanish colonialists. The most significant historical buildings are located around the Plaza Mayor, the most notable being the Government Palace, where one can still observe the changing of the guard performed by the Húsares de Junín. Another highlight is the famed Larco Herrera Museum, documenting the millennial cultures that preceded the Inca civilization and containing a priceless collection of pre-Columbian artifacts, including some of South America’s finest pre-Inca erotic pottery.
As notable as the city’s sites and architecture, is its thriving food scene. Lima is the (unofficial) gastronomic capital of South America and is the only city to have two restaurants ranking in the top 10 of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants. A meal at Central Restaurante is to taste what is essential and uniquely Peruvian. Lima offers an extraordinary range of emotions, sensations, colors and flavors-stay awhile and explore.