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Lima

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 Histórico 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 cafés. North of Central Lima, on the other side of the Río Rímac, is the Rímac 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 Lima’s maritime and air ports.

Lima is home to Peru's best museums, notably the Museo de Oro del Peru (Peruvian Gold Museum) and the Museo de la Nación (The National Museum), which is one of the largest museums in South America. Other highlights include colonial architecture and catacombs at Iglesia de San Francisco in Central Lima and pre-Inca pyramids at Pachacámac. Beaches within the city and to the south offer great surfing.

Neighborhoods in Lima: Pueblo Libre, San Borja, San Isidro, Callao, Barranco, Central Lima, Chorrillos, Miraflores, Lima Airport,

Other places nearby Lima: Señoritas, Cerro Azul, Caballeros, Playa Norte & La Isla, Punta Negra & Punta Rocas and Lunahuaná.







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Beaches and Surfing in Lima

Surfing Lima's Waves

108898Surfers come from around the world to board the waves of Peru, and Lima’s coast is no different. For the beaches near Lima you will need a three-millimeter full wetsuit pretty much year round, but ...
Surfing
Lima, Peru

Punta Hermosa Beaches

108912The area around the coastal town of Punta Hermosa, 40 kilometers (24 miles) south of Lima, is lined with numerous world-class breaks. It is no coincidence that Peruvian champ Sofía Milanovich owns a ...
Surfing, City
Lima, Peru

Playa Norte & La Isla

108927 At the town of Punta Hermosa, not only will you find larger resorts and good restaurants along the beach, but you’ll have two great surf beaches to choose between. The board-breaking shore-break ...
Surfing, City
Lima, Peru

Señoritas

108926 Señoritas beach is just around the headland south of Caballeros. Here beginner and advanced surfers can hit the strong left, reef-break wave that often is long and tubular, reaching up to three ...
Surfing, City
Lima, Peru

Cerro Azul

108910 Famously listed, just after “Laguna” in the Beach Boy’s song “Surfin’ Safari,” Cerro Azul is a consistent left point break that goes tubular. When the sea gets going, a quick, strong ...
Surfing, City
Lima, Peru

Redondo

108904Picturesque Redondo is the only Costa Verde beach located south of the pier at Rosa Náutica Restaurant. The waves here break closer to the beach, providing an easier paddle. It is also less damning ...
Surfing
Miraflores, Lima, Peru

Makaha

108900Makaha is the most popular for beginner surfers, with both good inside and outside left and right breaks from an exposed reef. Schools and newbies occupy the inner break, and be warned, it can get ...
Surfing
Miraflores, Lima, Peru

Costa Verde Beaches

108899There are four main surfable beaches along the Costa Verde beach road in Miraflores, and all are within a 15-minute walk of each other. South of the pier at Rosa Náutica Restaurant is Redondo, and ...
Surfing
Miraflores, Lima, Peru

Punta Negra & Punta Rocas

108928Three kilometers (1.8 miles) south of Punta Hermosa you’ll find Punta Negra (Pan-American Highway Km 42). This area is usually full of families and is lined with umbrellas and restaurants on ...
City, Surfing
Punta Negra & Punta Rocas, Lima, Peru

La Pampilla

Of all the Costa Verde beaches, La Pampilla is by far the most popular break for intermediate and advanced surfers—and it should only be surfed by those who are skilled and know what they are ...
Surfing
Miraflores, Lima, Peru

Caballeros

The first beach along the Punta Hermosa side access road is Caballeros. This is a regional classic for mostly experienced surfers. The waves are right reef-breaks, long and with a tubular section, ...
Surfing, City
Lima, Peru

Lima's Museums

Museo Oro del Perú / Gold Museum

The Museo Oro del Perú, considered one of Lima’s premier attractions, houses the private collection of Miguel Mujica Gallo, who spent years amassing it, often by purchasing relics from grave ...
Museum
Lima, Peru

Museo Nacional de Arqueología / National Archaeology Museum

The Museo Nacional de Arqueología, Antropología e Historia del Perú is a must-see for history buffs. Like the Museo de la Nación, it provides an overview of the history of the region, mostly ...
Museum
Pueblo Libre, Lima, Peru

Museo Larco / Larco Museum

The Museo Arqueológico Rafael Larco Herrera, commonly known as the Museo Larco or Larco Museum, is one of the most popular in Lima. Set in a gorgeous old hacienda, the museum is the private ...
Museum
Pueblo Libre, Lima, Peru

Galería Lucía de la Puente

108525This famous commercial gallery is known as “the” art center in Lima. It is located in an old, fully refurbished Barranco mansion. Huge rooms with tall walls that reflect natural light onto the ...
Museum
Barranco, Lima, Peru

Museo de la Inquisición / Museum of the Inquisition

Located on Plaza Bolívar, which is also home to the Peruvian Congress building, the Museo de la Inquisición is housed in the building that was home to the Inquisition from 1570 to 1820. The museum ...
Museum
Central Lima, Lima, Peru

Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco

Convento y Iglesia de San Francisco is one of Lima’s most haunting (almost literally) and memorable sites. Originally constructed in 1546, it is one of the oldest churches in South America. It also ...
Museum
Central Lima, Lima, Peru

Casa Aliaga

Casa Aliaga, or the Aliaga House, is a fascinating home and museum. Jerónimo de Aliaga was one of Francisco Pizarro’s most trusted lieutenants during the exploration and conquest of Peru, and he ...
Museum, Historical Building
Central Lima, Lima, Peru

Catedral de Lima

Lima\'s Catedral is a highlight of any visit to the city. The first stone of the cathedral was laid by Francisco Pizarro, the Spanish conquistador who defeated the Inca. Ironically, Pizarro would be ...
Museum
Central Lima, Lima, Peru

Museo de la Nación

The largest museum in Peru, the Museo de la Nación features four floors of history and exhibits in a large, sprawling building in the San Borja neighborhood of Lima. Of particular interest are the ...
Museum
San Borja, Lima, Peru

Museo de Arte de Lima / Lima Art Museum

Museo de Arte de Lima (MALI) has the best collection of Peruvian art in the country. The paintings cover the colonial era to the present, and there is also a selection of woodcarvings, furniture, ...
Museum
Central Lima, Lima, Peru

Museo de Arte Italiano / Italian Art Museum

110778Only a short distance from the Parque de la Exposición, the Museo de Arte Italiano (Italian Art Museum) is a pleasant detour into Renaissance culture, complete with a neo-classical building and ...
Museum
Central Lima, Lima, Peru

Lima's Hottest Nightlife

La Posada del Ángel

If you like angels you\'ll find them here, hanging from the roof, peeking at you around corners, staring from the walls. This dark, cozy, rustic setting is blessed. Another enchanting, old ...
Bar
Barranco, Lima, Peru

Bar Mochileros

Near the main square park of Barranco, Bar Mochileros is next to the Japanese cultural center. Mochileros has a series of bars and a cultural center where you can enjoy live circus-like performances, ...
Bar
Barranco, Lima, Peru

Rusti Bar

You walk up a flight of stairs that features logs as banisters. Then you step inside and you see. . . a pile of logs bound together to form a bar, logs and sticks forming chairs, and a general jungle ...
Bar
Central Lima, Lima, Peru

Rincón Cervecero

With life-size models of jolly guys in lederhosen and buxom barmaids, the spirit of an eternal Oktoberfest reigns supreme at Rincón Cervecero (literally, “beer corner”), a veritable Disneyland ...
Bar
Central Lima, Lima, Peru

The Oceanus Lounge

Join the posh clientele for pricey (and refreshing!) cocktails at the Oceanus Lounge. Located inside the upper-class hotel, Los Delfines, this is the perfect place to relax and enjoy good company in ...
Bar
San Isidro, Lima, Peru

El Dragón

A typical barranquino-styled house is the home of this well-established cultural bar, one of the first to promote bands with a special kick on fusing funk and Latin rhythms with local jazz elements. ...
Bar
Barranco, Lima, Peru

Murphy's Irish Pub

A few blocks from Parque Kennedy, you will find this excellent pub. Decked out with soft orange lighting, a chic bar, tasteful wooden décor and a nice sidewalk vista, you would expect the place to ...
Bar
Miraflores, Lima, Peru

The Old Pub

Oddly enough, Lima’s most authentic English pub, The Old Pub, is in Lima’s “Little Italy,” or as some call it, “Pizza Street,” Calle San Ramón, a short road near Parque Kennedy. But ...
Bar
Miraflores, Lima, Peru

Jazz Zone

Located in the heart of Miraflores in a garden walk-through passageway, this cozy jazz bar also hosts art exhibitions from local artists. Its musical variations range from Latin jazz fusions to ...
Bar
Miraflores, Lima, Peru

La Noche

One of the most famous venues in this bohemian district, over the years La Noche has become a widely known cultural stage for music, film, photography and performing arts. It is located in a ...
Bar
Barranco, Lima, Peru

Tasca Bar

Under the same ownership as the Flying Dog, and located conveniently across the park from the down street from the backpacker hostel and down the street from its Calle Lima B&B, Tasca Bar is a ...
Bar
Miraflores, Lima, Peru

Colonial Lima

Iglesia San Pedro

A stunning church built by the Jesuits starting in the 16th century, Iglesia San Pedro (St. Peter’s Church) is one of Lima’s best-known landmarks. It is now a major visitor destination, as it ...
Historical Building
Central Lima, Lima, Peru

Palacio de Gobierno

On the northeast side of the Plaza de Armas, near the Río Rímac, the Palacio del Gobierno has long been the site of Peruvian rulers. In the mid-16th century, Marquis Francisco Pizarro constructed ...
Historical Building
Central Lima, Lima, Peru

Casa Aliaga

Casa Aliaga, or the Aliaga House, is a fascinating home and museum. Jerónimo de Aliaga was one of Francisco Pizarro’s most trusted lieutenants during the exploration and conquest of Peru, and he ...
Museum, Historical Building
Central Lima, Lima, Peru

Correo Central de Lima

109109Not just a post office, this very big and ornate edifice near the Palacio del Gobierno and Plaza de Armas is worth visiting simply for its architecture. The building also serves as a historical ...
Historical Building
Central Lima, Lima, Peru

Iglesia La Merced

108591One of the oldest churches in all of South America, founded in 1535 by Fray Miguel de Orenes, who was reputed to be 110 years old at the time, the Iglesia la Merced features a very elaborate, ...
Historical Building
Central Lima, Lima, Peru

Convento de Santo Domingo

Two saints for the price of one! The remains of Lima’s two saints, Santa Rosa de Lima and San Martín de Porres, rest forever at the Convento de Santo Domingo. Like other religious buildings in ...
Historical Building
Central Lima, Lima, Peru

Cerro de San Cristóbal

109097A large cross at the summit of a 409-meter (1,342 feet) high hill, Cerro de San Cristóbal provides visitors a great view of Lima extending out to the sea. The cross itself, erected in 1928, ...
Historical Building
Lima, Peru

Iglesia de Jesús, Maria y José

This smallish church doesn’t look like much from the outside, but the baroque interior—considered the best baroque church interior in Lima—is worth a look if you’re ...
Historical Building
Central Lima, Lima, Peru

Iglesia La Ermita

Local legend tells that one night, a group of fishermen were lost at sea, enshrouded in Lima’s famous dense fog. When they prayed for salvation, a luminous cross appeared and guided them back to ...
Historical Building
Barranco, Lima, Peru

Santuario De Santa Rosa De Lima

144176 The Santuario de Santa Rosa de Lima is the former home of the America’s first native-born saint and patron of Peru. The focal point of this sanctuary is the interior garden, where the saint’s ...
Historical Building
Central Lima, Lima, Peru

Lima Highlights

Parque de la Exposición - x

109997This is a duplicate entry. Featuring some of the most exquisite architecture in Lima, the Parque de la Cultura downtown is a tribute to Lima’s urban planners in the 19th century. It was conceived ...
City Park

Parque de la Muralla

109163Parque de la Muralla, complete with a track for children to cycle and a pedestrian walkway, sits on the banks of the Río Rímac. During its construction diggers unearthed the remains of 500-year-old ...
City Park
Central Lima, Lima, Peru

Museo Oro del Perú / Gold Museum

The Museo Oro del Perú, considered one of Lima’s premier attractions, houses the private collection of Miguel Mujica Gallo, who spent years amassing it, often by purchasing relics from grave ...
Museum
Lima, Peru

Paseo Cívico

The Paseo Cívico, Tacna’s Plaza de Armas, is a thin, triangular park. On the broad end is the Catedral de Tacna, a simple yet stunning cathedral designed by Gustave Eiffel and completed in 1854 ...
City Plaza
Tacna, Peru
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