After its founding by Francisco Pizarro in 1535, Lima soon became the commercial and administrative centre of the Spanish empire in South America, bringing a period of prosperity to the city until an earthquake in 1746 destroyed all but 20 houses. Following this devastation the opportunity was taken to elaborately rebuild the city. Today's wide streets, huge plazas and old houses with ornately carved balconies are a legacy of this period.
Lima, "City of Kings" has an interesting and attractive historic centre containing valuable examples of colonial and republican architecture. Among the principal points of interest is the Main Square, on which three of the City's most important buildings from the past and present stand: The Cathedral, the Presidential Palace and the City Hall. Miraflores, cosmopolitan district is five kilometers away south from the historical center, wide and modern commercial districts, parks and green areas of great beauty. Between the tourist attractions that Miraflores offers, you can find the archaeological complex of the Huaca Pucllana (known also as "Juliana"); the Park Redoubt, which remembers Miraflores Battle, the Municipal Palace which possesses an active room of art's exhibitions, the Parochial Church which was reconstructed after the war the Pacific war; shopping areas as Larco Mar, the Park of Love and the beaches of Waikiki and Miraflores.
How to get to Lima
Lima's international airport is well served by the regoinal airlines, making it easy to get to from most countries in South America. While there are no direct flights from the UK, airlines such as Iberia, KLM and Air France connect Lima easily with London through their European hubs, usually taking about 15 hours.
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Journey through the Andes with stunning landscapes taking you to the ancient citadel of Machu Picchu. Visit stunning colonial cities and visit remote islands on the magnificent Lake Titicaca.
Lima - Arequipa - Colca Canyon - Lake Titicaca - Sacred Valley of the Incas - Machu Picchu - Cusco
The Andean mountains generate wildly contracting landscapes and cultures with desert and the Nazca Lines on the coast, soaring peaks by the Lost City of the Incas and lush rainforest.
Lima - Ica(Nazca) - Lima - Arequipa - Lake Titicaca - Cusco - Machu Picchu - Cusco - Amazon - Lima
Rambling in the stunning Andean countryside, we trek the ancient Inca Trail to the Citadel of Machu Picchu, passing remote villages steeped in history and maintaining a traditional way of life.
Lima - Arequipa - Colca - Lake Titicaca / Puno - Sacred Valley - Inca Trail - Machu Picchu - Cusco - Lima
Journey to Arequipa, the 'White City', Lake Titicaca, the world's highest navegable lake, and discover the ancient civilisations of Cusco, culminating in the citadel of Machu Picchu.
Lima - Arequipa - Lake Titicaca / Puno - Sacred Valley - Machu Picchu - Cusco
From the comfort of a river boat, we explore the pristine exuberant vegetation of the Amazon rainforest, the flora and fauna and discover the people who live along the riverbanks.
Quito - Amazon Cruise - Lima - Cusco - Machu Picchu - Cusco - Lima
High on the mountainside, protected by jungle and a deep canyon, Machu Picchu was an ancient stronghold. We see the descendants of the Incas and explore their heritage.
Lima - Cusco - Machu Picchu - Lima
Lake Titicaca has a serene tranquility and small isolated farming communities preserving their traditional way of life. We visit the exuberant rainforest and the history of the Andes.
Lima - Amazon - Sacred Valley - Machu Pichu - Cusco - Lake Titicaca
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Lima - Amazon - Sacred Valley - Machu Picchu - Cusco - Lima
Explore the Inca Empire including the remote Colca Canyon and staying in the "Sacred Valley", taking the trains to Machu Picchu and along magnificent Andean landscapes from Lake Titicaca to Cusco.
Lima - Arequipa - Colca Canyon - Lake Titicaca / Puna - Sacred Valley - Machu Pichu - Cusco
Step back in time to explore landlocked Bolivia and the riches of Potosi. Cross mysterious Lake Titicaca perched at the top of the Andean mountains, travelling by train to Cusco and Machu Picchu.
Santa Cruz - Sucre - La Paz - Puno / Lake Titicaca - Sacred Valley - Machu Picchu - Cusco - Lima
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The Miraflores Park Plaza
The Country Club
The Pardo Double Tree Hotel
The Swiss Hotel
The Posada del Inca Miraflores Lima
The Posada del Inca El Olivar Lima
The Antigua Miraflores Hotel