From some of the world’s finest restaurants to a wealth of ancient culture, Peru’s capital is a colourful blend
Lima, the multicultural, frenetic, capital city of Peru, situated on the Pacific Ocean, was the royal capital of the Spanish in the past. Founded in 1535 by the Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro, today Lima’s colonial buildings with carved wooden balconies and Spanish Baroque architecture are juxtaposed against Pre-Columbian sites and modern high-rise buildings.
The city laid out in grids with green plazas, statues and fountains has come out of its turbulent history and has emerged as a gastronomic capital of South America with many world renowned chefs and restaurants on the list of 50 best restaurants of the world, besides a Food festival called Mistura.
Lima has several archaeological sites both within and around the city and pyramid mounds known as huacas, Catholic churches and monasteries and an art district called Barranco with vibrant street art and art and craft galleries.