Population: 7,605,742 (2007), Altitude: 154 meters / 502 feet, Phone Code: 1
Metropolitan Lima stretches 60 kilometers (37 miles) from north to south, and 30 kilometers (18 miles) from east to west. It incorporates 43 districts, or suburbs. The neighborhoods most popular with travelers lie south of the Historic Center.
The Plaza de Armas (or Plaza Mayor) in the Centro HistÃ³rico has been Peru's governmental center since 1535, with the Palacio de Goberno (Presidential Palace) and the Archbishop's Palace around its flanks. The surrounding blocks are full of museums, churches, historic houses, and upscale restaurants and cafÃ©s. North of Central Lima, on the other side of the RÃo RÃmac, is the RÃmac neighborhood.
The coastal suburbs of Miraflores, San Isidro and Barranco are popular places to stay to avoid Central Lima's smog and chaos. Many have pre-Columbian ruins, museums and cultural centers. Miraflores and Barranco have the best nightlife. Other important suburbs are San Borja, Chorrillos and Pueblo Libre. Callao has Limaâs maritime and air ports.
Neighborhoods in Lima: Barranco, Callao, San Borja, Miraflores, Pueblo Libre, Lima Airport, Chorrillos, San Isidro, Central Lima,
Other places nearby Lima: Caballeros, Punta Hermosa Beaches, Playa Norte & La Isla, LunahuanÃ¡, Punta Negra & Punta Rocas and Cerro Azul.