ABOUT LIMA AND PERU
Lima, Peru’s political, economic and cultural centre, is one of the most interesting and challenging cities in South America with a huge archaeological, historical and cultural past. Most of its treasures might be well hidden but are worth being discovered.
Lima’s history predates the colonial presence in the country. The establishment of the viceroyalty transformed the city into the main political and administrative centre of South America. During this period, significant churches, monasteries, mansions and balconies were built. The arrival of modernity did not transform the historic centre, which is recognised as a World Heritage Site. Museums with great works of art, archaeological sites, beaches, the boardwalk, valleys, natural reserves, the nightlife, the thrill of adventure sports, and the exquisite cuisine give Peru’s capital an authentic personality and make tourism in Lima a unique experience in the country.
Metropolitan Lima, formed by the Province of Lima and the Constitutional Province of Callao, has a population of close to 11 million, making it home to one-third of Peru's population, the largest city of Peru and the 27th most populous city in the world.
The Incas lived in harmony with the rivers, the sun, the rain, the ocean, the jungle, the Peruvian mountains and the cold dryness of the Andes, consequently adapting to the weather, their surroundings and surviving thanks to Mother Earth’s gifts. Part of this ancient society still lives today in each town and can be seen through the customs of the people.
Experience Peru and discover a wealth of different worlds, all with their own individual landscapes, sounds, colours and tastes; travel back in time to ancient civilisations and share the great cultural heritage of the Peruvian people. Many destinations and experiences such as Peru’s coast and mountains can only be explained by seeing them in the flesh. The beating heart of its roots and destinations.
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