Top Five Things to Do and See in Lima, Peru

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What’s the weather like where you are today? If you’re anywhere around the 49th parallel (as we are here in Vancouver), you’re probably thinking wistfully of long, balmy summer days, while you tromp through puddles of slush. But if you live in Lima, as our guide Julio Cesar does, you’re likely enjoying a Pisco Sour on a sunny patio, while a gentle breeze bathes you in the warmth of the Peruvian summer.

Julio is joining us today to suggest five way for you to enjoy yourself while visiting his hometown, the capital of Peru.

1. Visit the Main Square or Plaza Mayor of Lima.
Here you will see historical buildings, houses from colonial times of impressive architecture, old monuments from the 16th and 17th centuries. The square still maintains the original fountains, built from bronze in 1650. Be sure to see the Government Palace; this is the residence of the President of Peru. And don’t miss the Cathedral of Lima built in 1625 in a Renaissance Baroque style, or the San Francisco Church, a beautiful architectural complex also dating from the 17th century. All of these beautiful attractions play a big part in making this city such a unique place to visit.

2. See the exhibits at Larco Museum
This beautiful museum boasts one of the world's largest collections of pre-Columbian art, displaying more than 45,000 pieces of ceramic, textiles and gold and silver jewellery. It shows ancient cultures from the north and south coasts of Peru, like Moche, Nazca, Chimú, and Inca. This museum is famous all around the world, and located in the beautiful district of Pueblo Libre, in an old casona from the 17th century.

3. Explore Barranco Neighbourhood
This is a bohemian, traditional neighbourhood located in the south of Lima, about 30 minutes from the City Center. Well know for its small, quaint streets, there used to be the home of famous writers, poets and singers, one of them the famous Arequipeña singer Chabuca Granda, known for her famous song Jose Antonio. The neighbourhood displays a monument in her honour. Barranco is a peaceful, safe area from which you can also you can see a beautiful view of the Pacific Ocean.

4. Dine at MAMA OLLA Restaurant
Located in the modern, safe, beautiful district of Miraflores, at number 248 Tarata Street, this charming restaurant offers a big variety of Peruvian dishes, like the famous Ceviche made of fresh fish, and the national drink Pisco Sour. It also offers other dishes, like lomo saltado, causa limeña, and international food too. Mama Olla is famous for preparing fresh, exquisite Peruvian food in a lovely ambiance.

5. See the Magical Fountains in Reserva Park
Here you will see 13 beautiful fountains, a nice spectacle of colours, lights, special effects and sounds in just one place. The fountains are located at Reserva Park, located 15 minutes from the Center of Lima. It is open from Wednesday to Sunday, from 4pm until 11:30 pm. Come to spend a good and memorable time with your family and friends.

Thank you, Julio, for those great suggestions for how to spend time in Lima. If anyone is planning a trip to Peru in 2012, consider starting a conversation with Julio! You can find him here: Julio’s guide profile.
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