There are many tourist attractions in Lima Peru. They range from natural wonders to man made structures. Today, the country is slowly becoming one of the top tourist destinations in South America.
The city is the capital of Peru. It is situated to the west central coast of the South American continent. The Jorge Chavez International Airport is served by many major airlines. Upon your arrival, taxis will be waiting to escort you to your destination. The airport also has car rentals.
What to See
The Plaza De Armas is noted for the bronze fountain that goes back to the 17th century. The San Pedro Church was constructed by the Jesuits in the 1600s. Their most prominent features are the baroque altars and the arcades. The Santo Domingo Church and Monastery is notable for its altar of saints and the Virgin of the Rosary.
Other landmarks are the House of Pizarro, the Jesus Maria Church, the San Francisco Church and the Cathedral and the Palacio de Torre Tagle.
Shopping is one of the main tourist attractions in Lima. You may want to shop at the La Marina in San Miguel. This is near the airport. You can also try the shops at Av. Petit Thouars. They sell various items at different prices.
The city was established in 1535 by the Spaniards. For more than three centuries, the city was their seat of power. That is the reason why there are several churches and monasteries in the area.
Today, metropolitan Lima has about 8.5 million people. Visitors to the city will be struck by the beauty of the colonial architecture. Its rich history has also produced several archaeological sites, helping shed light on its history.
A double room in a hotel costs about 10 to 40 USD. You can have a good meal for 3 USD or less. During peak tourist season however, prices can go up by 50%. Taxi fares cost from 2 to 7 USD.
The city is also famous for its historical mansions. The Casa De Pilatos is at Ancash Street 390, while the Casa De La Riva Aguero at Camana Street and Casa De Oquendo or Palacio De Osambela at Conde de Superunda Street 298.
The museums are also among the tourist attractions in Lima. These include the National Museum of Anthropology, Archeology and History, Art Museum, the Museo De La Nacion and the Gold of Peru Museum.