Miraflores Central Park Lima Peru
peru / Lima

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Lima is the capital and largest city of Peru.

With a population of more than 8 million, Lima is located in a desert region, hemmed in between the Pacific Ocean and the Andes Mountains. It hardly ever rains, but cold Ocean currents push moisture over the desert, which gets blocked by the mountains, so overcast misty conditions are very common.


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For many visitors it is a gateway to the Andes and remoter coastal places, but do stay a bit to explore.
Bike tours of Lima with (Review in tripadvisor.com)
South American Explorers -Clubhouse Lima
(both located in Miraflores)




There are several - sometimes hidden - parks around the city like El Olivar in the San Isidro neigborhood or Kennedy Park in the Miraflores areas.
Summer walk through Lima
You will find the best beaches south outside of the city in the summer of the first few months of the year - especially if you are a surfer with a wetsuit (water is cold but surf is good).


The historic centre is a World Heritage site.
Lima has a wide variety of museums spread across the suburbs like the Museo Larco Museo de Arte de Limaor the Gold Museum / Museum de Oro.
There are "huacas" (pre-Inca sacred sites) scattered across the city - for example the Huaca Pucllana

For live music head for the Barranco area.
Peruvian Rock Music with a Lima Twist

Lima is famous for ceviche - raw fish "cooked" by marinating in lemon. Peruvian fusion cuisine is growing especially around Miraflores district - some combining European/International cuisine with Andean and even Amazonian dishes and ingredients. Side-note: Some visitors might find the salt-content quite high in either the ceviche or the general Peruvian cuisine.

Those on longer visits, might be interested to hear that the city is large enough or variety. Apart from the obvious pizzerias/trattorias and coffee shops you will also find a decent Middle Eastern flavor, or Thai or Indian-Pakistani Curry (though a bit hidden) and even Mexican tacos (run by real Mexicans).

Miraflores and Barranco are on the coast only a few miles south of the centre - many visitors stay here where you can find the majority of restaurants and facilities. The Malecon forms a park above a cliff giving great sea views (if there is no mist around - Miraflores is famous for being misty). Miraflores is also home to the weekly organic market: Bioferia next to a rare dog-free park (Parque Reducto).

Chorrillos is a bit further south on the bay (overlooked by the prominent hill closing the bay), and still home of fishermen as well as widely divers residential areas of all social classes.

San Isisdro is the business district full of office blocks and expensive apartments. Many government departments are also located here.
La Molina in the east lies at the foot of the Andes and the first hills block some of the mist allowing more sunny days and is home to Universidad Agraria La Molina and the International Potato Center.

Pueblo Libre and San Miguel house another main university - Universidad Catolica with an active web 2.0 environmental news site Clima de Cambios - see their twitter
La Punta has old mansions on a thin westerly peninsula across from some desert islands. It is divided from Lima by the sprawling Callao district which forms part of the Lima Metropole and houses the international port and the airport.
The Cono Norte and Cono Sur are poor areas on both ends of the city with large populations many of them migrants from other parts of Peru.


Lima is just starting off on cycle promotion - not an easy task with difficult road conditions for cyclists - so separating cyclists where possible is the sensible option:
First "healthy corridor" in La Molina and Miraflores to Centro cycle Sundays
Municipal Cycle promotion is now on the agenda, but there is still a long bumpy road to travel...
The Malecon in Miraflores has a cycle lane adjacent to (but not on) the road all along the park above the seacliffs - great for residents and visitors.
Cycling in Lima Flickr
http://www.perucycling.com - https://twitter.com/perucycling

Cycle routes
(you can also find many of the above-mentioned neigborhoods)


Lima's water comes from glaciers in the Andes - and there is concern about these glaciers receding.
Peruvian ice caps melting fast
Three large rivers bring water down to the desert coast with the Rimac River flowing through the centre of Lima.
These rivers are also the irrigation source of intensive agricultural areas.





Famous Residents
Gastón Acurio is regarded as the most famous chef and is claimed to have taken Peruvian cuisine to a gourmet level.
Mario Vargas Llosa is the 1st Peruvian to win a Nobel Prize for Literature in 2010.
Susana Baca is a famous singer who grew up in Chorrillos.

Museo de Gastronomia
near Barrio China



Lima is located on the central coast of Peru along the Pacific Ocean. An extensive and populous urban area known as Metropolitan Lima is flanked by coastal desert, which extends over the Chillon, Rimac and Lurin rivers valleys. It was founded on 18 January 1535 and given the name “City of Kings“, becoming the capital of the Viceroyalty of Peru and the largest and most important city in South America during the Spanish regime. After independence it became the capital of the Republic of Peru.
Today, Lima is a modern and dynamic city. However, it has maintained the richness of its historic centre, recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, which still forms a peaceful haven recalling a bygone age full of incomparable artistic monuments, convents and colonial houses.

Museums exhibiting great works of art, archaeological sites, beaches with beautiful boardwalks, valleys, protected natural areas, nightlife and delicious cuisine are among the many attractions that give the capital of Peru its unique personality.


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