Founded in 1532 by Spanish conquistadors as the seat of the new colonial government, Lima earned the nickname “The City of Viceroys”. As the political, financial, cultural, and commercial center of Peru since its earliest days, Lima overflows with history and culture. Visiting the Old Town, you can travel back in time and see some of the oldest neighborhoods in the Americas, full of colonial architecture. However, what we like most about Lima today is its convergence position for all Peruvian gastronomy: All the flavors are HERE.
Gastronomic experiences that you can include in your personalized trip
- Explore fishing terminals and markets and buy ingredients for your private cooking class.
- Find the best “huariques”: popular neighborhood restaurants where eating is a unique experience that the locals enjoy and appreciate.
- Enjoy exquisite and innovative tasting menus in world-class, award-winning restaurants.
- Learn to prepare a variety of Pisco-based cocktails, including our iconic Pisco Sour.
Other fantastic activities to do in Lima
- Visit the Historic Old Town.
- Explore the city’s bohemian district and its best street food “spots”
- Visit Monumental Callao, a picturesque area that has become a benchmark for urban rehabilitation through street art. Art galleries and a rich gastronomic offer complement the place.
- Sail the Lima bay while you learn to make ceviche and pisco sour, or swim with sea lions.
Important information about Lima
|160 m.a.s.l. / 525 f.a.s.l.
|The temperatures in Lima are warm and humid, without the excessive heat of the tropical zones. The maximums usually occur during the month of February and rarely exceed 30ºC. The minimums occur during the winter months (June – September) and tend to be around 12ºC.
|Health & Precautions
|Keep in mind that Peruvian dishes, especially marine food, is sometimes heavily seasoned or spicy, so if you have a sensitive stomach or are not used to strong flavors, be mindful of what you order throughout your stay in Lima.
|Lima’s cuisine combines the millenary prehispanic inheritance and the external influences, such as the Spanish and Chinese, and gives us delicious “criollo” dishes such as Ceviche, Causa, Lomo Saltado and Picarones.