Lima, was founded in 1535 by the Conquistador Francisco Pizarro. Since the beginning, Lima was an oasis of culture and elegance. Today it is the capital of the country and the gateway to the rest of Peru. Lima was declared a World Cultural Heritage Site by UNESCO for its splendid colonial architecture that should not be missed. Among its principal attractions are the Plaza de Armas, Government Palace, the Cathedral, the Santo Domingo and San Francisco convents, and the garden suburbs of Miraflores and San Isidro.
Lima also boasts some of the best museums in the western hemisphere; the famed Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology , containing a priceless collection of pre-Columbian artifacts, one of South America’s finest. The Mujica Gallo Gold Museum and the Rafael Larco Herrera Archaeological Museum, housing a vast collection of pre-Inca erotic pottery.
In recent years, Lima has also become highly regarded within gastronomical circles, with no less than three of the top fifty best restaurants in the world located here. A great place to start or finish you holiday to Peru.