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Lima travel guide

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You're Going to Love Lima

Refined, elegant, rich in history, and boasting one of the finest gastronomic scenes in the Americas, Peru's capital city truly deserves to be called the "City of Kings."

For hundreds of years, Lima was the hub of Spain's continent-spanning empire, and its fabulous wealth is apparent when you tour the modern city. The UNESCO-protected historic center is a wonder to behold, with the flower-strewn Plaza Mayor taking center stage.

But there's more to discover in modern Lima. See the cream of Latin American modern art at MAC Lima, dance to soulful criollo beats at live music venues like La Oficina, and dine on healthy ceviche or stir fried saltado-style beef at the city's fabulous restaurants.

A feast for the eyes, the mind, and the taste buds, Lima is a magical destination, just waiting to be discovered.

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When to Visit Lima

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Lima's peak season tends to start in December and last until mid-April, when the temperatures hover around 75 degrees and the sunsets are sublime. Peru's winter between June and September may be cooler, but it's still fairly mild, and room prices will dip noticeably. There's hardly a bad time to visit, weather-wise.

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How to Get to Lima

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Where to Stay in Lima

Lima has some superb hotels that offer a 5-star accommodation experience. Some of the best options include the city center Sheraton Lima Hotel and Convention Center, the Belmond Miraflores Park Hotel, in one of Lima's most upmarket areas, and the lavish Country Club Lima Hotel in San Isidro. If you are on a budget, try the 1900 Backpackers Hostel, a centrally located, cut-price gem.

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Shopping Streets

If you are after designer labels, the city is studded with modern malls, with locations like Jockey Plaza, Mall del Sur, and Larcomar leading the way. However, if you are hunting for typically Peruvian handicrafts, art, or outfits, head to the densely packed market in Gamarra for clothes, the Piedra Liza market for flowers, or the warren of craft stalls along the Avenida Petit Thouars in Miraflores for craft bargains.

Groceries and Other

You'll never be far away from a supermarket in Lima, where local companies include Wong, Vivanda, and Metro. Prices tend to be low by North American standards, with 12 eggs coming to around S/5.40 and a gallon of milk costing S/16.

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Where to Eat in Lima

Lima is a gastronome's dream, so expect fine food almost everywhere you look. Picking culinary highlights is almost impossible. However, if you want great ceviche, try Cevicheria Bam Bam or Punto Azul. For other traditional Peruvian dishes, book a table at Central Restaurante, or join chef Gastón Acurio at Astrid y Gastón, where the menu features a 28-course meal - more than enough to keep sightseers going during their trip. The food is fantastic, and the prices are low. Expect to pay around S/80 for entrees at upscale restaurants, and far less elsewhere.