Unique Latin American capital in front of the sea: Lima
Lima respects its past and achieves the perfect harmony between tradition and contemporary architecture. To explore its streets is to admire its churches, archeological sites and mansions with balconies that coexist with modern buildings. In 1991, its historic center was declared a Cultural heritage of humanity: its artistic monuments were to be protected.
Lima is also the only South American capital with exit to the sea. Its beaches are perfect for surfers and on their piers, the soft breeze refreshes bike rides and hikes. You can also fly in paragliding on the Pacific Ocean.
In this city with lineage, founded in 1535, the abundance of natural products, the fusion of techniques and cultures, forged in centuries a gastronomy with mestizo identity. For the excellent quality and passion of Peruvian cooks, Lima has been named gastronomic Capital of Latin America.
Lima, a love at first sight for those who want to live a unique experience.
Attractions in the city
Lima is a city with a lot of history that invites us to travel to the past by means of its museums and great attractions. Ceremonial centers and archaeological complexes are part of the urban landscape and stand out among the great buildings of a modern Lima. Vivee mentions some of the attractions within this beautiful city, which we will have the opportunity to meet in the experiential journeys.
1. Lima Plaza Mayor (Main Square)
In the Historic Centre of Lima. Centre of the old colonial city. Around its edge are the Lima Cathedral, Government Palace and Provincial Municipal Authority of Lima. A highlight of the central part is a bronze fountain from the 17th century.
2. Lima Cathedral (Lima's Plaza Mayor)
It occupies the site where the first major church in Lima once stood. It has an austere interior, although it is home to genuine historical treasures including the Baltasar Noguera choir stalls, several side altars and the remains of Francisco Pizarro. Tourists can also visit the Museum of Religious Art, which holds a significant collection of paintings, sculptures, chalices and chasubles.
3. Gastronomy House
The museum offers a tour through over 500 years of history and ancient wisdom, up to the fusion of flavours and the influence of other cultures on Peruvian cuisine. Located in the house of Lima's old Post Office, next to the Government Palace, there are four rooms: the Permanent Hall, the Temporary Hall, the Multimedia Hall and the Pisco Hall, dedicated to our national drink. The tour also demonstrates the evolution of Peruvian cuisine, which also shows the products used in the present day.
4. Matías Maestro General Presbyterian Cemetery
The first graveyard in the City of Lima. Inaugurated in 1808 by Viceroy Abascal, the architect was the Spanish master builder, the Presybeterian Matías Maestro. The site holds over 766 mausoleums in the neoclassical style. Highlights include statues and sculptures inspired by saints and theological virtues.
5. Parque de la Muralla (Park of the Wall)
Home to a restored fragment of the ancient wall that encircled Lima and which is believed to have been built in the 17th century to protect the city from pirates and attacks by enemies of the Spanish crown. The site contains the statue of the founder of Lima, Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro, as well as a museum exhibiting archaeological items discovered in the area.
6. Lima Art Museum
Located in the former Exhibition Palace (1869). Ceramic items, textiles and precious metalwork from pre-Hispanic cultures are exhibited here. It also houses the largest collection of Peruvian paintings and artworks.