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LIMA  -  PERU


Lima is the capital of the country and, with a population of close to 10 million, it is also the largest city of Peru. Located on the banks of the Rio Rimac and the shores of the Pacific ocean Lima has much to offer for history seekers and shoppers alike. With an excellent infrastructure of hotels and tourism facilities the city welcomes hundreds of thousands of visitors every year. Most travelers visiting Peru will spend at least a few days and nights in this fascinating city as most International and domestic flights will arrive and depart from here.
 

Much has been done over the past years to give the city a better image and make it a great place to visit and live. The historic center of the city is being carefully restored, museums built, parks and gardens planted and the streets cleaned. Lima has a cosmopolitan atmosphere and districts such as Miraflores and Barranco have become cultural centers filled with excellent bars, restaurants and fashionable shops, making it not just a gateway into Peru but a destination in itself, if only for a couple of days.

 

Founded in 1535 by Francisco Pizarro, Lima was used as the headquarters of the Spanish conquistadors, ideally located because of the surrounding fertile planes irrigated by the Rimac and its close proximity to the natural port at Callao.

 

Lima soon became the commercial and administrative center 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.


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