The Lima guide: what to see in the capital of Peru
On one side the cliffs and Pacific Oceanon the other a sort of desert. Above, often, a heavy haze – here they call it garua – which arises from the humidity of the sea and which covers the city of File taking away the visitor’s glance. And pushing him to think that the city is not beautiful. A mistake actually: because the Lima guide can only start from the fact that the city has many beauties and many jewels. Which is worth finding out.
Perhaps walking under the gray sky and entering this metropolis, getting lost in streets that will surprise you by suddenly revealing pre-Columbian temples, colonial-era mansions, colorful glimpses between chipped walls and affected balconies a stone’s throw from hyper-modern buildings mixed in an infinite expanse where almost 10 million people live. It proves it trafficcrazy by our standards, and pollution – which we are trying to control only in recent years – while thinking about a modern transport network.
For now it is necessary to resign oneself to the ubiquitous taxis even if the local people prefer the combos. They are vans where you travel crammed. They make folklore but leave them alone. You would end up getting lost and easily. find yourself without a wallet.
Lima guide: discovering the neighborhoods
Lima, the City of Kingsfounded by Francisco Pizarro in 1535, it is made up of very different neighborhoods, characterized by very particular appearances and stories. The cwithin Lima of course it is the one that hosts the best examples of colonial architecture because this is where everything developed from.
But don’t limit yourself to appearances: facades can be impressive. But often, beyond the walls, ruins and stones ready to fall are hidden. A walk in these streets should lead you to take a look at the area of the market it’s at Chinatown but even in this case, resign yourself: you will always be overwhelmed by a sea of people. A couple of kilometers south of the historic center is the area where most buses arrive and depart.
This is not the part of town you want to wander around when you are tired and dream of silence. But we cannot forget these streets: where the true life of the city pulsates.
Colonial elegance and lots of people
Wanting to go back to the history of the city, one can only start from Plaza de Armas also known as Plaza Mayor than with his old ones lampposts and the bronze fountain represents a sort of archetype of colonial elegance.
Dominating the north side of the square is the governament Palace which houses the president of Peru in front of which large groups of people always flock to watch the changing of the guard which takes place at noon. Still facing the square are the Ccathedralthe Archbishop’s palace and the city Hall recognizable by its characteristic mustard yellow colour.
The monastery of San Francesco
Also in the center is the cyclopean mmonastery of San Francesco, one of the absolute treasures that cannot be missing in a guide to File. This large Franciscan convent deserves a visit especially for the splendid library which contains thousands of rare ancient texts but also for the austere refectory embellished with biblical figures and a stunning carved cedar ceiling. The main attraction however, decidedly macabre, they are the ghostly ones catacombs underground where the remains of 25,000 people are found. And the bones and skulls of many of these are displayed in the corridors.
The other face of Lima: Miraflores and Barranco
The seaside suburb of Miraflores it is a residential and commercial district and is the place where tourists often take refuge in search of tranquility and a relaxed atmosphere after the hubbub of the centre. It is a nice neighborhood with opportunities for shopping at all prices as well as being the center of tourist life also thanks to the high concentration of wooded parks, cafés and upscale restaurants.
It’s the right place to enjoy the breeze that comes from the sea along a walk carved into the rocky ridge while paragliding dances in the wind. Around then artisan shops, boutiques and the Larcomar shopping center. However, not everything is steel and modernity: here is the pyramid Huaca Pucllana which dates back to the fifth century after Christ.
Barranco, the romantic ravine
You are not tired yet: the guide of File can only lead you then to the neighborhood of Barranco (a word that in Spanish means “ravine” ). This is certainly the most romantic and bohemian district and attracts every day and every evening a crowd looking for fun among its nightclubs and restaurants often made unique by the magnificent terraces overlooking the ocean.
It is smaller than Miraflores and has kept the traditional low-rise houses from the beginning of the last century when it was already a popular destination because it was there seaside resort chosen by the city aristocracy. Today the houses that retain the suggestion of colonial architecture have been acquired by artists, designers, art dealers and the streets offer cafés and art galleries on practically every corner.
The almost obligatory starting point is the Bridge of Sighs: a wooden structure from which it is enough to look out to see the expanse of houses clinging to the cliff. There is of course also a legend: when going from one side to the other, you have to hold your breath. Only in this way will wishes come true.
The history of the city and its museums
In this neighborhood, between visits to a gallery and the other, do not miss a trip to the Pedro de Osma Museumhoused in a French-style building, which showcases a very important collection of art objects that reach the present day but were produced starting from the 1500s. Another stop that few forget is the Mario Testino Association, or MATEwhere the most famous Peruvian photographer exhibits his creations.
If you then want to leave the most fashionable part of the city in search of other experiences not to be missed, an extraordinary destination is the private museum Learchus which brings together one of the largest collections of pre-Columbian art in South America. Exhibits of him include artifacts Incaas well as those of cultures Chimu, Nazca And Moche. There is also a collection of extravagantly erotic ceramics: after the visit you can sit down for a break in the museum restaurant which is not bad at all.
Guide to Lima the capital of Peru: gold and the Inquisition
Continuing our guide of what must be seen in the capital of Peru we suggest a stop at Inquisition Museum obtained in what was precisely the building of the terrible religious court of the sixteenth century. In the basement there are still the instruments of torture but the horror soon dissolves: a stone’s throw away is in fact the Chinatown neighborhood where you can test some of the best ethnic restaurants in Peru. Remember: the restaurants Chinese here they are called Chifas…
In the area of Monterich instead there is the Gold Museum of Peru. As the name suggests they can be admired hundreds of gold and silver artifacts that come from the time of the conquest of South America with some really awful and kitschy pieces. Until the early 2000s, however, there were many finds here that were actually phases or from more recent times: the museo now assures that all exhibits are authentic (otherwise it is indicated that they are reproductions).