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Lima Introduction


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Lima, Peru, is a dynamic, vibrant city full of contrasts. Modern skyscrapers stand beside pre-Incan pyramids that cover entire city blocks. The City of Kings was formerly just a stopover en route to the tourist mecca of Cusco and the Incan ruins of Machu Picchu, but visitors to Lima are now spending more and more time soaking up the cosmopolitan atmosphere in Peru's capital city, where fine museums and world-class dining combine with thousands of years of history.   Click here to see the full Lima travel guide on Travel42 »

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Lima Geography


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Lima sits in the middle of the coast of Peru in the Chillon, Rimac and Lurin river valleys. The area is a desert sprinkled with small mountains that are now the sites of some of Lima's urban sprawl. Parts of the city sit on a several-hundred-foot/meter cliff that overlooks the Pacific. A wide, sandy area follows the shoreline and is home to beaches, roads and restaurants.  Click here to see the full Lima travel guide on Travel42 »

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Lima History


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After the Spanish gained control of the Inca empire, they moved down from the Andes to build a capital on the coast: Lima was founded by Francisco Pizarro on 18 January 1535. At the time, small populations of native people were already living in fishing and farming settlements in the area. They had only been recently conquered by the Incas, however, and so were indifferent to the arrival of the Spanish.  Click here to see the full Lima travel guide on Travel42 »

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Lima Sightseeing & Things to Do


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Lima's downtown, the colonial center, is home to the most interesting sites in the metropolitan area, and was named a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1991. Much of the center has been renovated to its former glory after years of neglect.   Click here to see the full Lima travel guide on Travel42 »

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Lima Nightlife


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Lima has a vibrant nightlife scene that spreads to almost every area of town. Nonstop partying goes on until the wee hours of the morning, but don't expect anyone else to be there if you show up before midnight.  Click here to see the full Lima travel guide on Travel42 »

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Lima Restaurants & Dining


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Peruvian cuisine has been recognized as the last great world cuisine to be discovered, and nowhere is this more evident than in the capital of Lima. Everything from world-class fine-dining restaurants to hole-in-the-wall cevicherias can be found in the city, each adding its own unique touch to the culinary landscape.  Click here to see the full Lima travel guide on Travel42 »

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