Lima Guide

Lima is one of the most interesting and challenging cities in South America with a huge archaeological, historical, and cultural past. Most of its treasures might be well hidden, but are worth being discovered. For many visitors, Lima is just an unavoidable must; a sprawling, chaotic, dirty and ugly metropolis, the starting and ending point on their trip to more interesting and exciting gems Peru offers. But this assumption doesn't do justice to Lima.

Seeing Lima just as a gateway into Peru and rushing through this amazing city, you might miss a vital part of what is Peru today. Lima is worth to be seen as a destination for itself. Take your time to acclimatize yourself, look behind the sometimes chaotic, dirty, unpleasant and ugly exterior and discover the highlights the metropolis Lima offers. You will be pleasantly surprised.

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Lima Main Square

Plazas (City Squares)
The Plaza Mayor or Plaza de Armas (as it was known until 1990), is the oldest public place in Lima. In 1535 the conquistador Francisco Pizarro founded on the area of an existing indigenous settlement the city of Lima. He designed a main square in the central part of the future city Lima with all important institutions built around it.

Iceland Park

Lima for Kids
Ice skating in Lima? Yes! Since July 2012 Lima has another attraction for kids, teens and young at heart adults: Iceland Park. Located in the district of Jesus Maria just next to Minimundo, the 500 square meter ice skating rink might feel small for spoiled Northerners, but actually it's one of the biggest in whole Latin America and the only one ...

Cinemark Jockey Plaza - Surco

Cinemas & Cineclubs
Cinemark Jockey Plaza - Surco
Parque Zoologico Huachipa is Lima's second zoo. Even though way smaller than the Parque de las Leyendas the privately owned park is a great place for families to enjoy a day. The zoo is a nicely arranged refuge for over 1000 animals of more than 200 species.

Parque de la Exposición

Parks & Gardens
Adjacent to downtown Lima you find the Parque de la Exposición, also known as Parque de la Cultura or Gran Parque de Lima, an oasis of peace and tranquility amidst Lima's noisy and hectic hustle and bustle. Enjoy the Museo de Arte with its beautiful gardens, numerous pavilions, theaters and stages, restaurants and food vendors, monuments, founta...
The weather and climate in Lima are nothing you would expect when travelling to a city located just 12° south of the equator. Instead of tropical conditions, Lima’s climate is usually described as mild throughout the year without noteworthy rain, making the Peruvian metropolis one of the driest capitals in the world.

Embassy of Algeria

Embassies & Consulates
Many foreign countries have representations in Lima. Find here the address, telephone number and other contact details of the Embassy of Algeria
Although the Municipality of Lima took great efforts to remove beggars from the streets, it's a common thing to see many of them hanging around; especially in the areas where tourist are. For many beggars this is the only way to gain at least some income. If you feel pity for these poor people, feel free to give them a Sol or two. Or if an old g...
The first major culture in Peru, the Chavin emerged around 1000 BC apparently in the Peruvian Andes region while some archaeological findings belonging to the Chavin even can be traced back another 1000 years earlier. While there are many theories about the Chavin, little concrete is known.

The District Ate Vitarte

Districts of Lima & Callao
Ate-Vitarte is located in the central eastern part of the Metropolitan of Lima on the south banks of the Rio Rimac. The district was created shortly after the declaration of independence by General José de San Martin. The old town of Ate is located around 14 km east of the Historic Centre of Lima. From the middle of the 19th century onwards Ate-...
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