More than 400 years ago, the Spanish conqueror (“conquistador”) Francisco Pizarro named Lima the City of the Kings (“Ciudad de los Reyes”). Nowadays Lima is a metropolis of over 7 million people who proudly preserve the colonial convents and mansions which are symbols of their ancient and noble traditions.
Lima, capital of Peru, founded on January 18, 1535, is a modern city which, while constantly expanding, has also managed to maintain the elegance of its Historic Center.
Lima’s name comes from the quechua word: (Rimac – Speaker), because of these links with the pre-Hispanic past, its colonial past and the strong religious faith it gave it; its modern outlook and its festive nature, which bathes its eternally gray sky in color, Lima, will always be the City of the Kings.
Seeing Lima just as gateway into Peru and rushing through this amazing city you might miss a vital part of what is Peru today. Lima is worth to be seen as a destination for itself.
Whatever your particular interests may be, there are certain places that you cannot miss: first of all, the historical Lima Downtown, especially its Plaza Mayor (or “Plaza de Armas”, that is, the Main Square) and its surroundings; spots like Lima’s Cathedral, the Government Palace, the Municipal Palace, all of them in the Plaza Mayor; or, walking a little more and the Church and Convent of San Francisco.
Take your time to enjoy the most important spots of the Peru´s capital.