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Things to do in Lima Peru

You will find lots of things to do in Lima, here you have a variety of alternatives such as culture, gastronomy, adventure, nature, beach, entertainment. Lima is a great place to know more about the history pre-Inca, Inca, colonial, republican and modern history. Lima is a destination of tastes and traditions.

Being in Lima you can start visiting the historical center and its surroundings:

* The Plaza de Armas, from here usually star all the city tours.
* The Plaza San Martin is one of the most representative places of the city of Lima. Its central monument is made in honor of the Libertador Jose de San Martin.
* The Government Palace
* The Cathedral
* The Convent of San Francisco, here are located the famous catacombs.

Visit the large number of museums:

* Larco Museum, displays the finest gold and silver collection from Ancient Peru and the famous erotic archaeological collection, one of the most visited attractions in Peru.
* The Gold Museum has an important private collection of gold objects; some of them have more than 2 000 years old.
* The National Museum of Archaeology and History of Peru, here you will have the opportunity to se the Estela Raimondi and the Tello Obelisk, also you will see collections from the pre ceramic to the Inca period.
* The Museum of the Nation has thousands of original pieces from the different periods in the history of Peru, which has been obtained through archaeological research and recovery of property that had been trafficked illegally.

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If you are looking for adventure, here you will be able to practice adventure sports. Lima has the extraordinary privilege of geographical changes which can range from arid deserts, along the Pacific Ocean, or beautiful valleys and rivers, to ascend to the heights of the Andes. Many of these scenarios are located at short distances from each other, thereby providing a wide range of possibilities for adventure sports in the capital.

* Paragliding in Miraflores
* Canoeing in Lunahuana, 3 hours from Lima
* Surf
* Rappel in Pachacamac
* Trekking

Gastronomy tour
Another thing that you can do is a Gastronomy Tour, where you will have the opportunity to go to a Peruvian market where you will appreciate a great variety of Peruvian products such as fish, fruits, vegetables, etc. also you will visit an exclusive restaurant where you will be able to prepare and taste Pisco Sour and Cebiche.

Also Lima offers a great alternatives of restaurants specialized in Peruvian and International food.

City tour by night
This is an excellent idea to appreciate a beautiful illuminated Lima. You can visit Lima center, the fountains and end the tour with an entertaining dinner show.

Miraflores District
This the most tourist district of Lima, here you will fine a wide variety of restaurants, shops, bars, casinos, hotels among others. Because of its security, a high number of tourists from around the world prefer to stay here and for this reason more hotels, including the most popular in the city of Lima, are located in this district. In addition to its beaches and piers with well-kept parks and a panoramic view of the bay of Chorrillos, Miraflores has many tourist attractions.
* Huaca Pucllana was the most important ceremonial administrative centers of culture Lima, it is estimated that it was built in the sixth century AD and is currently one of the best preserved huacas of the city of Lima.
* Miraflores Central Park, located in the heart of Miraflores, is very popular for the trade that is in its surroundings. In this park are artists that offer their paintings and wooden sculptures. In front of this park is the church and the municipality of Miraflores district, and nearby is the Pizzas street where are a large number of restaurants that specialize in this Italian food.
* Larcomar, located on a cliff at the foot of the Pacific Ocean, which affords an excellent view of the coast of Lima, this mall has several levels of shops of all kinds, local food, bars and cafes as well as a modern cinema. Behind the mall there are two emblematic buildings that are considered the most modern in Miraflores, Ocean Park Towers and Marriott.

Barranco District
In this district you will find numerous restaurants where you can taste the varied cuisine of Peru, there are bohemian bars, clubs and this district promote the pisco. The weekend is the busiest in Lima, with its variety of bars, discos, clubs, Creole peñas. Both youth and adults often go to have fun.

* Bajada de los Baños, formerly this area corresponded to a natural stream where fishermen came down from Surco to the beaches of Barranco. On the cliffs of the Slope were built, from the early twentieth century, beautiful ranches that are preserved until today.
* Bridge of Sighs built in 1876 and inaugurated on February 14. It is said that the person who first cross the bridge without breathing their wish will come true.
* Pedro de Osma Museum
The art collection of the museum comes from the personal collection formed by Don Pedro de Osma Gildemeister between 1936 to 1967.

Enjoy the nightlife in Lima
Lima offers a great variety of pubs, discos, bars for all the budgets and styles. The nightlife of Lima is full of life. Peruvians and tourist are moving to any kind of rhythm, from salsa to Argentine rock.

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Looking for entertaining
* Cinema
* Theater
* Shopping
* Casinos
* Bars, discos, pubs
* Others

Outside Lima

* You can visit Caral, it is located in the Supe Valley, 200 kilometers north of Lima. Caral is the oldest city in Peru, has more than 5000 years and is home to the first Andean civilization that shaped the foundations of a social and singular organization, which along with Mesopotamia, Egypt, India, China and Mesoamerica are the focal points of culture in the world. It was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Caral is distinguished by its antiquity, architectural complexity with pyramidal buildings, squares, its design and the urban extension. Caral has 66 hectares, divided into two zones, one central and the other peripheral.

It has also been called sacred city, as it is a time for the first time, the Peruvian societies had a central government sets the state and used religion as a means of affirmation. All that has been excavated in the city is steeped in religiosity. There are many fires built for offerings. There are signs of possible rituals at each location. Not only in the areas of public space or in the temples but also in homes.

* Pachacamac is an archaeological site located in the district and valley of Lurin. Pachacamac is one of the greatest and important archaeological sites of Peru, and in its time was the huaca (oracle) most consulted the Andean world. Pachacamac is a large architectural complex with many buildings which were built in different eras, from the early years of our era to the sixteenth century. Here is an ancient pre-Hispanic oracle built with adobe bricks, which was on the coast the main place of worship of the time the god Pachacamac, who was credited with the creation of the universe and everything it contains.

* Lunahuana s located 38 km east of San Vicente de Cañete which is the capital of the Province of Cañete and 182 km southeast of Lima. It is the district with more tourist flow of Cañete. It has become the center of adventure sports in the Cañete River, here you have the possibility to do canoeing, hang gliding and others sports, as well as its cuisine, pisco Uvina, and by its different towns, characterized by its excellent geography. The weather is temperate and warm with sunshine throughout the year.

The average temperature is 16 º C in winter and 26 º C in summer. Here you will find valley wines, pisco and shrimp, due to its proximity to the city of Lima, has become one of the favorite places to spend the weekend with family or friends. It has beautiful scenery, history, good food, archaeological sites and of course an ideal place for lovers of adventure sports. From January to March is the best time for canoeing as is given the rising of the river flow therefore are better faster and more adrenaline.

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