Once by-passed as a grey city of little interest, Lima now offers world class cuisine and a host of artistic and cultural activities
Established in 1535 by the Spanish Conquistador Francisco Pizarro on the site of important coastal pre-Incan communities, Lima is now home to one-third of Peru’s population. This thriving city offers a host of activities and attractions for visitors.
The old centre – once regarded as dangerous – is now safe and being revitalised and is best explored on foot. The Plaza de Armas is particularly impressive but there are numerous other fascinating churches, colonial mansions, plazas and Lima’s Museum of art all of which are well worth visiting.
The Larco Museum in San Isidro district is widely regarded as one of the best collections of Inca and Pre-Inca artefacts in the world is also a must-see. But the contemporary art scene is also flourishing in Lima with a host of new galleries supported by collectors opening up in Miraflores, drawing on Lima’s rich cultural history. For more information see the article in Christie’s Magazine about Art in Lima.
Close to the airport is La Punta – a wealthy neighbourhood with fabulous houses and mansions on a peninsular that sticks out into the sea. It is interesting to wander around and is also home to some great restaurants. Further south, Miraflores is well known as the middle-class entertainment area, and home to many fine restaurants and bars. The adventurous can go paragliding here too!
New on-trend arty district
Barranco is the district about which we are most excited at the moment. Once the ‘beach and lido’ area of Lima it is fast developing into the new hip, slightly bohemian artsy area. We can help you discover a host of hidden art galleries (including the famous Pedro de Osma museum) along with cool bars and restaurants.
Lima is definitely a place to linger for food lovers, boasting some of the world’s best restaurants. We can also arrange private cooking classes and food tours – as well as some special visits to exclusive private art collections where you can dine with your Peruvian hosts.
To discover more about Lima’s buzzing culinary and cultural scene, give us a call or send us a message.
Places we love to stay
This chic and stylish boutique hotel in the artistic Barranco district of Lima is a home-away-from-home.View details about Hotel B
The Country Club Hotel
The Country Club is an elegant 1920s hotel and one of the classiest places to stay in Lima.View details about The Country Club Hotel
A new boutique hotel housed in a restored 1940’s mansion in the Miraflores district of Lima.View details about Atemporal
Belmond Miraflores Park
Following a major recent refurbishment, this hotel is now back in its rightful position as one of the best large hotels in Lima.View details about Belmond Miraflores Park