In the center of Lima we can find some of the oldest colonial buildings in the entire city. The beautiful parade ground is the nerve center of the entire capital, where the most representative buildings are located, such as the cathedral or the presidential palace. In the surrounding streets, we can see old palaces from colonial times, many of which were converted into museums, restaurants or public buildings. Taking a tour of this part of the city is one of the best ways to discover the rich history of Peru, especially the times of the viceroyalty and the later republic.
The area of the port of Callao is divided into several sectors, which go from the port terminal itself, we can walk along its waterfront, visit the colonial fortress of Real Felipe or the fishermen’s neighborhood: the Balneario de Chucuito, it stands out for its little houses of colors. In the “La punta” sector we will also be able to see elegant mansions from the beginning of the century with a very characteristic Victorian style. Here we will also find a large number of restaurants specialized in fish and seafood, which are reputed to have the freshest products, and their location is a true guarantee of this.
The Barranco district is one of the most beautiful and elegant neighborhoods in the entire Peruvian capital. It is located on the Pacific coast just 45 minutes from the city center and its quiet, tree-lined streets are a true urban oasis for the typical Lima traffic chaos. We could say that it is the hipster neighborhood of the city, it is full of colonial houses, trendy restaurants and designer shops, which make it a walk.
This gigantic market in the center of Lima is the ideal place for any foodie traveler who wants to know a little more about the country’s gastronomic culture. In its hundreds of stalls we will not only be able to find the freshest products of fruits, vegetables, meats and fish, but we will also be able to find endless spices to take us as a souvenir to our kitchens. This market also stands out for its small restaurants along the way, frequented by locals at breakfast and lunch, which are ideal for trying the most typical foods.
This archaeological and military museum in the Santiago de Surco neighborhood in Lima has an incredible collection of more than eight thousand pieces of gold and silver, made by pre-Columbian Peruvian cultures, including the Inca Empire and others even older. In this museum we will also see twenty thousand weapons from all times and countries, a collection that due to its quality, state of conservation and the original owners of these pieces, can be considered one of the most outstanding in the world in this specialty.
About three hours away from Lima is the sacred city of Caral, an archaeological site belonging to one of the oldest civilizations in the entire American continent. They are a total of 32 monumental buildings, which are dated by experts at about 5000 years old. Visiting them involves a full day excursion from the capital, but it is well worth it if you are interested in history, as well as being an excellent excuse to see beautiful landscapes during the trip.