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HIGHLIGHTS

Main Square: This is the oldest public place in Lima. In 1535 the conquistador Francisco Pizarro founded on the area of an existing indigenous settlement the city of Lima. He designed a main square in the central part of the future city Lima with all important institutions built around it. 
Address: Jirón de La Unión Cuadra 3, Lima

Lima Cathedral: The Basilica Cathedral of Lima is a Roman Catholic cathedral located in Plaza Mayor ofdowntown Lima. First built in 1535, the Cathedral started life as a rustic and basic building constructed mainly of adobe. The interior is attractive, with a delicate vaulted ceiling and a checkerboard floor. It is embellished with some impressive baroque furnishings, the most notable of which are the intricately carved choir stalls. The highlight of a visit to the cathedral is the colorfully mosaiced chapel containing the tomb of Francisco Pizarro (1475-1541), Spanish conquistador, conqueror of the Inca Empire and founder of the city of Lima. There is also a small museum of religious art and artifacts. 
Address: Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor), District of Lima.

San Francisco’s Monastery: This bright yellow Franciscan monastery and church is most famous for its bone-lined catacombs (containing an estimated 70,000 remains) and its remarkable library housing 25,000 antique texts, some of which predate the conquest. But this baroque structure has many other treasures: the most spectacular is a geometric Moorish-style cupola over the main staircase, which was carved in 1625 (restored 1969) out of Nicaraguan cedar. In addition, the refectory contains 13 paintings of the biblical patriarch Jacob and his 12 sons, attributed to the studio of Spanish master Francisco de Zurbarán. 
Address: Jirón Lampa y Ancash, Lima 

Larco Museum: This museum which is mainly focused on items from the Moche Dynasty (A.D. 200 – 700) is the largest private collection of pre-Colombian ceramics in the world. The museum was founded in 1926 and is housed in an 18th century mansion, which is divided into three sections, the main museum, the warehouse museum and the slightly amusing Erotic Art museum. The main museum houses a “Gold and Silver of Ancient Peru exhibition“, a magnificent textile collection, as well as many examples of pottery.  
Address: Avenida Bolivar 1515, Pueblo Libre. 

National Museum: The “Museo de la Nacion” hosts exhibits including ancient pre-Conquest cultures, artifacts from the time of the Spanish invasion and even contemporary Peruvian history. The exhibits are housed in vast salons spread over 3 floors and are ordered chronologically which is helpful for getting to grips with the many cultures dispersed across Peru. Displays are labeled in both Spanish and English and include scale models of many of the Inca sights from around Cusco as well as from the north of Peru such as the tomb of the Señor de Sipan. If you are considering visiting a museum in Lima, then this should be the first choice. 
Address: Av. Javier Prado Este 2465, San Borja.

Down town Lima: The Historic Center of Lima, declared a World Heritage,  is the most representative sample of Peruvian colonial architecture. Start your journey from Plaza Mayor, the heart of Lima, where you can find the beautiful Cathedral, and then go to San Francisco Church to visit the catacombs. Do not forget to enter the Cathedral and see its interiors and paintings. Then we suggest you to have a walk through Jiron de la Union, which links the Plaza Mayor with San Martin Square. You can also visit the Parque de la Muralla, a place recently rescued, and the Central Market and Chinatown, full of colorful shops and restaurants serving delicious food. 
Address: Centro de Lima.

WEATHER

Lima's climate is characterized by a curious combination of weather events: It is low in precipitation, but with a high level of humidity. The coast has a number of microclimates, which ultimately give the city a subtropical desert and humid climate. This results in a feeling of warm climate without extremes of heat or cold, with an average annual temperature of 66.2°F. In summer (December to April) temperature range is between 71.6°F and 82.4°F, while in winter between the 53.6°F and 66.2°F.

WHERE TO EAT

Central Restaurant: In Central we celebrate the biodiversity of Peru. Fresh produce and an inexhaustible curiosity to discover and integrate new ingredients into the menu bring Peruvian cuisine to the forefront in the heart of the traditional district of Miraflores in Lima. 
Address: Calle Santa Isabel 376, Miraflores 

Malabar Restaurant:  In this restaurant, Chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino offers a creative cuisine in which he fusions his Peruvian heritage with the influence of his grandmother and his 4 years of experience working in Italy. The result is a "personal style" of our Peruvian flavors. The style of Malabar is directly related to the products that the Chef uses from all the different regions of our country. His objective is to recover, rediscover, and promote the products that have a high gastronomical potential. The restaurant has a modern decoration, warm ambience, an amazing variety of Piscos and a great bar where you can taste the original recipe of the Pisco Punch.
Address:  Camino real 101 San Isidro

Astrid & Gastón Restaurant: Astrid & Gastón opened in 1995 as a clearly French style restaurant distilled from the owners´ academic training. Fortunately with time, Astrid and Gaston discovered in themselves a mission to experiment with Peruvian ingredients, draw their inspiration from local traditions, and claim and value a style of gastronomy that every day unveiled itself before their amazed eyes. The tasting menu is a three-hour long unique experience that tells stories about Peru, its products, landscapes, and feelings. A long sequence of dishes complemented by art, music and design, typical of each season’s storytelling. 
Address: Av. Paz Soldán 290, San Isidro

La Gloria Restaurant: La Gloria is an elegant restaurant located in the heart of Miraflores. With a homely feel the restaurant provides exquisite dishes with a Mediterranean feel - the dishes are fused with a variety of delicious local cuisine. They use characteristic ingredients such as Olive oil, basil, aubergines, peppers and fresh fishes, as well as the appropriate Mediterranean spices. The walls are covered in art, and waiters rush by with plates of steaming food such as the outstanding yucca gnocchi, topped with Andean herb pesto; grilled tuna steak with eucalyptus aromas; braised suckling goat in an earthenware pot with chickpea puree.
Address: Calle Atahualpa 201, Miraflores

Osaka Restaurant: Osaka is located within Santiago’s W hotel, where you find Wantanabe offering a menu of Nikkei cuisine infused with traditional Creole style cooking, which in turn provides new, surprising, and delicious results. In just one year his kitchen has captivated the hearts of food critics from the “Wiken” magazine and “The Daily Mercury”, who proclaim Ciro to be a “Revelation Chef” for 2010. Despite all of his accomplishments, his story is only beginning.
Address: Indira Miranda: Conquistadores 999, San Isidro

Señorio de Sulco Restaurant: Owner Isabel Álvarez and executive chef Flavio Solórzano, respectively mother and son, have brought into El Señorío de Sulco a long family tradition of fine cooking for more than 20 years. Their cuisine both recovers and preserves the authenticity of Peruvian dishes, and combines local flavours and tastes with modern culinary techniques to create original recipes that maintain a strong Peruvian stamp. Located on the cliffs that overlook the ocean, the restaurant comprises a nice bar in which Pisco, Peru's national drink, is used in a wide variety of drinks.
Address: Malecón Cisneros 1470, Miraflores

Huaca Pucllana Restaurant: The Restaurant La Huaca Pucllana meets fully the tenets of French gourmet. The cuisine of Restaurant La Huaca Pucllana is known for his devout respect for the raw material without sacrificing freedom and creativity and highlighting the tastes of Peruvian ingredients.
Address: General Borgoño cdra. 8, Huaca Pucllana - Miraflores

Costanera 700 Restaurant: Its Chef was the first to merge traditional Latin and Japanese cuisine and take the best from two amazing food cultures. This restaurant offers an excellent variety of traditional Peruvian Creole seafood dishes along with delicious Japanese specialties such as sushi and tempura. Both culinary traditions are fused together here along with the different flavors that originate from the Pacific Rim. The décor is oriental style, with plants and subtle lighting augmenting the classy and pleasant atmosphere. Costanera700 offers a mixture of flavours and has now over 25 years of experience in fish and seafood combinations at the Nikkei Style.
Address: Gate 1: Av Del Ejercito 421 – Miraflores; Gate 2: Manuel Tovar 179 (on the back)

Manifiesto Restaurant: In a fresh and comfortable atmosphere Manifesto offers its author cuisine, a tribute to the traditional food of southern Peru, which seeks to exalt Tacna’s inputs, with a strong Italian influence. It is a friendly kitchen, maintaining high culinary quality of its chef Giacomo Bocchio ". In this new stage of Manifesto, inspired by the ancient Tacna, where the first Italian immigrants arrived, we offer the finest dishes using local endemic products. Manifiesto is a comfortable Gastrobar: a perfect combination of delicious food, great exclusive wines, cocktails prepared with special ingredients, and all at affordable prices.
Address: Independencia 130, Miraflores. Height of block 3 Av. Pardo

SHOPPING

Indian market: The best place to find everything from pre-Columbian style clay pottery to alpaca rugs to knock-offs of Cuzco School canvases. 
Address: Av Petit Thouars 5245Miraflores 

Larcomar Shopping Center: visited by around 450,000 people on average per month, Larcomar Shopping Center has been disseminating entertainment experiences and culture through its exhibition halls , theater, the best clubs in the country , upscale shops , restaurants and services. The Shopping Centre has a privileged view of the Pacific Ocean, as it is located high on the cliffs. 
Address: Malecón de la Reserva 610 

Jockey Plaza Shopping Center: The Jockey Plaza is the market leader in the Peruvian commercial centers, with a monthly traffic of 2.5 million visits per month, reaching 30 million annually. The capacity of the Mall is the largest of Peru, with more than 275 stores and modules, and 4,000 parking spaces. 
Address: Av. Avenida Javier Prado Este 4200