Let yourself be carried away by the colonial streets of the Peruvian capital and discover archaeological sites built more than two thousand years ago

The main destination for Brazilians who go to Peru is Machu Picchu, but the country's capital also has many interesting attractions that captivate people from all over the world. The country is considered one of the cheapest places to travel in Latin America, so why not extend your stay for a few days and enjoy what the local culture has to offer?

lime construction began in 1533, when the Spaniards expelled the last Inca leaders from the site and established dominion over the region. That's why the streets mix the architecture of Spain with ancient archaeological sites. The oldest is Huaca Pucllana, which is located inside the city and was built in 700 BC with artisanal bricks and was inhabited by people who occupied the place before the Incas, such as lime, Yshma and Wari. Another highlight is the Pachacámac, which dates from 200 BC and is 40km from the capital.

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But a walk through the center can also take you to the Huaca Huallamarca, a pyramid built in the 3rd century, in addition to visiting the city's main tourist attractions, such as the Plaza de Armas, the Cathedral, the Government and Municipal Palace, the Convent of San Francisco de Assis and the Larcomar mall.

When the day is over, tourists and locals alike find themselves in trendy streets with restaurants, bars and nightclubs. Some highlights of Lima night are Kennedy Square, Calle de las Pizzas and Puente de los Suspiros.

What to do in Lima


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Church and Convent of San Francisco de Assis

The religious complex was built in the 17th century and allows visitors to visit classical environments such as the altar and chapels, but also the catacombs that were formerly used as a cemetery.

Visits to archaeological sites

The city has several protected points. The main ones are Huaca Pucllana, which dates from 700 BC and was built with artisanal brick, and Huaca Huallamarca, a pyramid from the 3rd century. About 40km outside the capital is Pachacámac, inhabited by the Inca, Lima, Yshma and Wari people and built around 200 BC.

Plaza de Armas

The square was founded in the city and bullfights also took place at the time of Spanish domination. Located right in the center of Santiago, it allows tours to the main tourist attractions to be made on foot.

San Isidro Municipal Market

The place is not very big, but it offers a good variety of fresh fruits and even the traditional ceviche.

Love Park

With curves and mosaics inspired by the modernist works of Antoni Gaudí, in Barcelona, the park also has the famous sculpture “The Kiss” and is very popular to watch the sunset, as it is located on the top of the hill next to the sea. .

Other places to visit in Lima:

  • Calle de las Pizzas
  • Cathedral
  • Inca market
  • Museum of the Nation
  • Gold Museum
  • Larco Herrera Museum
  • Government's palace
  • Municipal Palace
  • Reserve Park
  • Kennedy Square or Miraflores Central Park
  • Puente de los Suspiros
  • Plaza San Martin
  • Shopping Larcomar

How to get to Lima


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By airplane

Jorge Chávez Airport is located in Callao, a city neighboring Lima, 30 minutes from downtown, serving as a connection point for flights around the world and for tourists flying from Lima to other Peruvian cities. the companies SIZE and Taca are the main airlines that fly to the destination from Brazil.

By bus

There is the possibility of making a trip to Lima by bus departing from some Brazilian capitals. Expresso Ormeño has a line that connects São Paulo to the Peruvian capital. The journey takes approximately 96 hours and crosses almost 6 thousand km.

Best time to visit Lima


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The Peruvian capital has mild temperatures throughout the year, with thermometers ranging from 20°C to 27°C in spring and summer, and from 15°C to 20°C in the coldest months. There is no rainy season in Lima, but drizzle is more common during the winter, when the sky is cloudy most of the time.

Where to stay in Lima


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Find accommodation in Lima here.

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