48 hours in Lima, Peru
Initially founded nearly 500 years ago as “The City of Kings”, Lima is a city where diverse traditions, customs and lifestyles converge, which makes it a cosmopolitan metropolis unlike many in the world.
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[accordion] [accordion_item title =”Morning” class=”acc-opened”] Lima Historic Center: Enjoy going through one of the most storied cities in the New World.The Historic Center is a UNESCO’s World Heritage Site. Some of its many highlights are the beautiful Plaza Mayor; adorned by the Cathedral of Lima -one of the most splendid in America-, the balconies in the Archbishop’s Palace and the Government Palace built in the same spot where conquistador Pizarro’s house and the Viceroy’s once stood. Its streets, monuments, squares and impressive churches narrate, one by one, the events in Peru’s history without the need of a book or guide.
District of Miraflores: The origin of this limenian beach district is tracked back to 1856, turning into a touristic hot spot in the 1970s. In Miraflores there is a convergence of pre-hispanic ruins, beaches, sea front, restaurants, hotels, shopping centers, a main park and homes-turned-museums where writers such as Ricardo Palma, Mario Vargas Llosa and Julio Ramón Ribeyro used to spend their days writing about the district’s farms, ranches and parks in many of their stories.
[/accordion_item] [accordion_item title =”Afternoon” class=”acc-opened”] Lunch at Huaca Pucllana Restaurant.
Rafael Larco Herrera Museum: Founded in 1926 and located in the district of Pueblo Libre, the Larco Museum is considered to be one of the best museums in Lima, and its galeries display 3000 years of Peru’s pre-columbian history. It is placed within a viceroyal edification dating back to the 16th century, which at that time, was built on a pre-columbian pyramid from the 7th century.
Dédalo Art Gallery: Born as a project for promotion and difusion of contemporary craftmanship proposals, Dedalo picks the best art samples from many towns in Peru and exhibits them to the world.
[/accordion_item] [accordion_item title =”Evening” class=”acc-opened”] Dinner at Cala Restaurant.
Magic Water Tour: Located inside the old ¨Parque de la Reserva¨, the Magic Water Tour adds thirteen water fountains to the limenian landscape. Each fountain has a different design and the combination of them holds the World Guinness Record for biggest complex from its type.
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[accordion] [accordion_item title =”Morning” class=”acc-opened”] Pachacamac Sanctuary: Erected in the Lurin Valley, Pachacamac was the most famous ceremonial site in old Peru, and a citadel similar to the one in Cusco, according to some experts. A place for pilgrimage, where not only peruvians, but also chileans and ecuadorians bring offerings. Its prestige is attributed to the oracles devoted to the Pachacamac God and considered the ‘world ruler’.
La Casa Aliaga: Placed next to the Government Palace, it is the only limenian mannor whose current occupants are direct descendants of its original owner, Captain Jerónimo de Aliaga y Ramírez; who was part of conquistador Francisco Pizarro’s inner circle . Its construction started on 1535, on territory that was once an indian shrine. Each of the sixteen Aliaga generations has contributed with the decoration and furnishing of what becomes an architectural and decorative synthesis of viceroyal and republican tendencies.
[/accordion_item] [accordion_item title =”Afternoon” class=”acc-opened”] Lunch at La Rosa Náutica.
Barranco District: One of the most visited corners of Lima is the old Bridge of Sighs, built in 1876 with wood joins both sides of the gully to form the well known ¨Bajada de Baños¨, which was once home for many ranches and a predilect spot for poets or composers such as the great Chabuca Granda, and is now the location of many trendy restaurants and bars.
MATE: The Mario Testino Association is a cultural institution specialized on the permanent and exclusive exhibition of photographer Mario Testino’s work, whom after 35 years away from Peru, decided to find a cultural space where he could exhibit his pieces. The institution has the largest collection by the peruvian photographer worldwide.
[/accordion_item] [accordion_item title =”Evening” class=”acc-opened”] Dinner at Social Restaurant & Bar.
Matias Presbitero Maestro Cemetery Museum: Few turistic venues awake so many emotions as cemeteries. Visiting the resting place of people we have never met, reading epitaphs with unbelievable stories and discovering historic characters are all part of the activities you will find in this over 200 year-old cemetery.
[accordion_item title =”More attractions to see” class=”acc-opened”] Lima hides many secrets still, such as its anonymous street artists and poets, its dances coming from the three regions of the country, its diverse and suculent gastronomy; numerous cloisters, convents and monasteries which hidden catacombs tell us a little more of what was happening in the New World.
[/accordion_item] [accordion_item title =”Where to stay in Lima, Peru” class=”acc-opened”] Hilton Lima Miraflores: located in the heart of the Miraflores district of Lima, Peru. Just 11 miles from the Jorge Chavez International Airport (LIM), and four blocks from the Larcomar entertainment area. Explore the newest Gastronomic Boulevard of Lima and visit the trendiest restaurants just steps away from the hotel.
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