The capital city of Peru is a massive metropolis with a population approaching 9 million people, making it the largest cities in Latin America. However, Lima is a fabulous destination by itself. The historic homes of Lima are a huge draw for history buffs wanting to absorb the hundreds of years of history that Lima, once the capital city of the New World, has to offer. These preserved homes provide an opportunity to enter a time capsule and travel through time. Some agencies specialize in securing access to otherwise private residences through utilizing personal contacts.
Historic Center of Lima and Downtown Lima
Visit Plaza de Armas. The Plaza de Armas is the central square in Lima’s historic district. This is where you’ll find the most colonial and historic buildings in Lima. This is a spot where you can take a stroll and view the beautiful colonial architecture that the Historic Center has to offer. Although it doesn’t compare to Cuzco in charm, it is a stoic area surrounded by government buildings and banks. On the four views of the Plaza de Armas hold the Presidential Palace – where the president lives and works, the City Hall, the Cathedral, and the Archbishop’s Palace. In on the Plaza de Armas and features a changing of the guard every day at noon and for a small charge, you can be taken around the Square in a horse-pulled buggy.
Casa Garcia Alvarado
This area is situated in the Miraflores district of Lima and can be walked to from most hotels. The house was built in 1912 in the Republican architecture style and is one of the few remaining original homes in this style located in the Miraflores area. The charm of your hostess as well as the home will undoubtedly leave an impression that Lima is certainly a worthwhile tourist destination.
Magic Water Circuit
The second-ranked largest desert city in the world is Lima, but it doesn’t appear that way when you visit the city’s Magic Water Circuit. Located in Parque Reserva, close to the national stadium, the Magic Water Circuit is a complex of water fountains, displays, and synchronized light shows guaranteed to dazzle. One of the fountains shoots waters 260 feet into the air, and several of the fountains are interactive, allowing visitors to dash across water fields or duck through tunnels. The park holds a world record for being the largest water fountain complex in the world. The best time to tour is at night when the lights show up well against the dark sky.
If you plan to visit Peru, it is a must to at least get a general sense of the capital to fully appreciate this dynamic country that spans the desert Pacific Coasts, the Andes Mountains and a large portion of the Amazon Rainforest. It is worth the extra day or two.