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The region of Lima bundles some of Peru’s most contrasting scenery and cultures into one central coastal region. Pacific Ocean beaches fringe its western borders, while the Andean highlands rise toward the east. Join the hum of activity within the brightly colored high rises and colonial façades of Lima, the capital city, and explore the breathtaking landscapes of the region’s wilderness reserves.
Begin your exploration of this diverse region in the city of Lima. Sprawling out of the valley of the Rimac River, the vast city contains several interesting districts. The historic Lima Centro features stunning examples of colonial architecture and Spanish churches, as well as an excellent collection of museums showcasing Inca culture and indigenous artifacts. Head to Lima’s waterfront districts and the elegant streets of Miraflores to make the most of the city’s famous culinary scene. Be sure to try ceviche made from the catch of the day and a glass of locally distilled pisco.
If you’re looking for adventure, head to Lunahuaná, where you can tackle the rapids on a whitewater rafting tour of the Cañete River. Explore the nearby Incahuasi archaeological complex to learn about the region’s ancient history.
Travel south along Lima’s magnificent coastline to find a series of beaches, many of them secluded and shadowed by scenic sandstone cliffs. Visit the fortress complex of Pachacamac overlooking the Pacific. To the north, check out the seaside cities of Barranco, Chancay and Huacho. The sands of the mysterious deserts around the sacred city of Caral-Supe swirl around remarkable 5,000-year-old stone pyramids.
Travel through the Rimac Valley’s interior to reach breathtaking ancient ruins, such as the pre-Inca site of Cajamarquilla. Explore the foothills above Lima’s urban sprawl to find the enigmatic rock formations and natural amphitheater of Marcahuasi.
Lima is easily accessible via plane to the capital city’s Jorge Chávez International Airport. The region also has a network of local buses. The dry season runs between May and September. Catch traditional religious festivals in August and October, such as the El Señor de los Milagros procession.
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