For Lima we had planned a full day to see the main sights of the city. That’s why we didn’t sleep too long today and made our way to the city around 9 a.m.
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Lima, the capital of Peru, is a must-see
Lima is the capital of Peru and with a population of more than 10 million, by far the largest city in the country. The town is located on the river Rio mac at the foot of the Central Peruvian Andes. Lima is an important transport hub and the most important economic and cultural centre with numerous universities, universities, museums and monuments. The old town of Lima, with its chessboard-like streets and magnificent colonial buildings, has been under the protection of UNESCO since 1991 and is therefore a World Heritage Site of mankind. Among the most famous sights are the Plaza de Armas, the Museo Arqueolgico Rafael Larco Herrera, the Huaca Pucllana, the Basilica of St. Francis, the Parque de la Reserva, the Cathedral and the Old Town.
The sights in Lima
We took the metro bus for 2.50 soles per person (about 0.75 euros) to the old town, which with its checkered streets and buildings from the colonial era has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1991. First port of call was the Plaza de Armas – the beautiful main square of Lima with the presidential palace, a cathedral as well as the city hall. Every day at about 12 o’clock a changing of the guard takes place at the presidential palace, where the chapel of the palace plays and where many tourists come.
Not far from the main square are the Iglesia de San Francisco, a convent church and the Casa de la Literatura Peruana. Via a pedestrian zone with many stores, it takes 10 minutes to reach Plaza San Martin, inaugurated in 1921 on the occasion of the Centennial of Independence. Not far from it is also the large Palace of Justice.
The Miraflores district
We then took the metro bus back to the Miraflores district, where we strolled around a bit. Miraflores is one of the richest districts of Lima and has a beautiful boardwalk overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The district attracts with its fine dining opportunities, international hotels, colorful stores, beaches and general flair.
The Parque de las Reservas
For the evening we had saved the visit of the Parque de las Reservas, a park with many fountains and water fountains. The entrance fee is 4 Soles (about 1.20 euros). In the evening, the fountains are beautifully illuminated and at the largest fountain at different times also a light-music-fountain show takes place. But what we liked most in the park was the water tunnel.
Lima somehow appeared to us as a total contrast to the rest of the country. Much was very modern here, there were large bright billboards, large cars, etc. – partly it seemed almost American. Only the traffic is like everywhere in the country – absolutely chaotic! So, that was our exciting time in Peru. Tomorrow we will continue to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands, which we are already looking forward to.
The Starbucks Cup of LimaWe are collecting the Starbucks Mugs from the cities and islands we visit on our travels. Unfortunately, not every city that has a Starbucks store with an own mug. But if the city has an own mug we like to collect them as a souvenir. We only collect city mugs from the "Global Icon Series", which was released in 2008. You can see our complete collection here: Starbucks - Our collection of Mugs from the Global Icon Series
Lima has several Starbucks stores and also its own cup 🙂
All travelogues from PeruPeru was one of the countries which was set from the beginning in the planning our world trip 🙂 We had already seen so many pictures of the Inca city Machu Picchu that we definitely wanted to see it. And our route through Peru we could also connect perfectly with Bolivia and Ecuador.
» From Aguas Calientes via Cusco to Lima (Peru)
» Machu Picchu – Historic Sanctuary of the Incan citadel (Peru)
» Perurail – By train from Cusco to Aguas Calientes (Peru)
» Cusco – Tourist Attractions, Things to Do & Photo Spots (Peru)
» Pass road La Raya – By bus from Puno to Cusco (Peru)
» Puno & the floating villages of the Uros in Lake Titikaka (Peru)
» By bus from La Paz (Bolivia) to Puno (Peru)