Lima has become the unofficial gastronomical capital of South America.
Few people come to Peru specifically to see Lima, and while it may be a big, congested city of eight million people, it also has a fine historic center and some of the best food in Latin America. The Plaza de Armas is a beautiful square graced by the elegant government palace, the spectacular 16th century Cathedral and adjacent Archbishop’s Palace with an impressive museum of religious art. Other historic buildings and museums nearby include churches of Santo Domingo and San Francisco, the Museo Metropolitan de Lima, which tells the story of the city, and the Museo de la Inquisición, which documents the awful punishments imposed here by the Inquisition.
Lima really comes to life after dark and there are great bars to be found in Barranco and Miraflores. The real highlight is the food: Lima has developed into a gastronomic center with an astonishing range of budget and top-class restaurants. The seafood fusions of Peruvian and Asian food are a particular highlight, so be sure to try ceviche and tiradito.
Lima is a large city and there are only a few areas recommended for travelers to stay depending on what you want to see in Lima. For colonial surroundings and historic sites, stay in the Old Town. For the widest selection of restaurants and entertainment, head for Miraflores. For a more bohemian atmosphere we also recommend Barranco with its quirky market and boutiques.
Lima has a sub-tropical climate and enjoys much cooler temperatures than any other sub-tropical region. The climate is relatively mild and comfortable throughout the year with the warmest months being November to April.