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The trip to Lima from your last stop in Ecuador is a long one, so make sure you have enough rest and are fresh to start a new day in another amazing country. Peru has amazing natural, historical and urban landscapes to offer and you won’t probably make it to see everything there is to see in only one day, so as we split Colombia’s trip in two days (so you could enjoy both north and south), Peru’s guide will be split in two days, so you have more time to enjoy it!
This first part of the trip to the country will take you to the capital and its surroundings, whereas the second part of it will give you enough time to explore the amazing historical sites of Cusco. So get a strong breakfast and enjoy your day!
Peru has a huge heritage from the Inca civilization, which used to rule the region before the Spanish invasion in the XVI century. All the ruins in the country before that area have strong traces of the Inca architecture and designs. And those are also the traces of most products that tourists buy for very cheap prices, from key chains to carpets with llama fur.
For the urban part of the tour around Peru, you can start exploring the historical and famous buildings in the urban area of Lima, highlighting the following places:
– Aliaga House: the oldest house in the Americas that still exists, it was a gift from Peru’s conqueror Francisco Pizarro to his best friend Jerónimo de Aliaga, and up to today his descendants still live in an adjacent place, when the mansion itself is a museum that opens for tourists on scheduled visits.
– The San Francisco Monastery: Standing out for its grandness and baroque architecture, the monastery is an oasis of peace in the middle of the city – tourists and citizens daily fight their way through the pigeons at the square, in a funny and impressive spectacle in this amazing urban landscape. It has an impressive library inside and – the most astonishing part – catacombs with bones of over 75.000 people.
Also, for some contact with the older parts and ruins of the city you can visit the Huaca Pucllana – Huaca (apart from being the name of an old musical instrument) is the word Peruvians use to refer to these preserved sites from the Inca civilization. In this specific site there is an amazing pyramid and it is conveniently near the Miraflores, one of Lima’s fanciest districts, packed with bars, restaurants and discos. Walking from the parks to the district’s coastal cliffs you will find El Malecón, the city’s picturesque seafront strip with its pristine parks and modern sculptures. A sedate stroll along El Malecón provides plenty of amazing sea views. There you can also hire a bicycle or a pair of roller blades and cruise along the coastal cycle paths.
For dinner, you can enjoy an amazing landmark of Peruvian cuisine: ceviche – a cold salad with different types of raw fish and seasoned with lemon juice and local spices – is the trademark of the country’s cuisine, although it can also be found in several other countries in south America.
And to finish an amazing day, visit the Magic Water Circuit for an amazing spectacle of lights and water fountains. It is at Parque de la Reserva, where a complex of 13 fountains give an incredible display of movement and color. Enjoy the rest of your evening and get prepared for going to see the ruins of Cusco on the next day!