Lima is the capital of Peru, characterized by lots of gray architecture, dusty cliffs and gritty streets, but underneath the rough surface is a soulful, edgy and vibrant city. Under the layers of thick fog lay colonial mansions with Moorish-style balconies, pre-Columbian temples, eclectic art spaces, stately museums, crowded nightclubs and exceptional eateries. Visitors who take the time to penetrate the humble facade will be treated with these delights and many more.
Best Time to Visit
If you are planning a Travel to Peru then the best time to visit May to September, a winter season and driest season of Peru.
Top Places to Visit in Lima
1. Museo Rafael Larco Herrera
Housed in an 18th-century mansion. The museum is home to one of the world’s largest collections of ceramics, including more than 50,000 pots. The first few galleries have an almost storeroom-like feel because pieces are stacked in a jumble that reaches the ceilings, but the galleries located further within the museum give the best pieces uncluttered displays. The dazzling collection includes feathered textiles, gold and silver pieces, pre-Columbian erotic pots and more.
2. Museo Nacional de Antropologia
The building itself is an historic icon, once home o revolutionary heroes Bolivar and San Martin, and the expansive collection spans the history of Peru from the ancient era to the early republic. Among the many treasures are an 18th-century painting of the Last Supper and the Raimondi Stela, one of the earliest Andean rock carvings.
3. Monasterio de San Francisco
A must-see sight for any visitor to the capital. The sunshine-yellow Franciscan church and monastery is home to a remarkable library, where visitors can gaze upon more than 25,000 antique texts. The stunning baroque structure also boasts a refectory with 13 paintings by Spanish master Francisco de Zurbarán, a spectacular Moorish-style cupola and catacombs filled with the bones of more than 70,000 people.