Discover Colonial and Contemporary Highlights of Peru's Vibrant Capital
Lima was founded in 1535 by Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizzaro as the capital of the Spanish viceroyalty of Peru. Its oldest quarter has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its high concentration of grand colonial monuments, including cobbled squares and more than 1,600 balconies dating to the 16th century. Peru gained independence from Spain in 1821, and we follow its history forward into contemporary Lima's Miraflores district to stay at a fine boutique hotel. Known for its world-class shopping and dining, theater, art galleries, gardens, flower-filled parks and beaches, Miraflores is Lima's most upscale neighborhood. A transfer to or from the airport is included.
- See all of Lima's most famous historic monuments, the colonial churches, palaces and plazas evoking the splendor of the 16th-century Spanish "City of Kings"
- Take a guided tour of the renowned Larco Museum showcasing 3,000 years of Peru's pre-Columbian history, and marvel at the astounding displays of gold and silver
- Spend a night in either the exclusive seaside suburb of Miraflores, hub for entertainment, cafe culture and fine dining, or the trendy bohemian arts district of Barranco
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