Its millenary culture, gastronomic excellence and incredible landscapes make it one of the most picturesque South American capitals. A tourist destination that combines different activities, and, therefore, makes it a regional point of interest to explore.
The city of Lima is located on the central coast of Peru, between the Pacific Ocean and the Andean Mountain Range. Its capital is also known as the "City of Kings", a name that goes back to colonial times, when it was the richest viceroyalty in South America.It is currently considered an important political, cultural and economic center. This modern metropolis offers excellent museums and art galleries, shopping centers and a gastronomy recognized worldwide. Its historic center was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1988 due to its colonial architectural wealth and its pre-Inca temples near the city.In extension and population, it is the second capital of the world located in a desert zone, after Cairo in Egypt. Its large population makes it one of the 30 most populated cities in the world and the fifth in Latin America after Mexico City, San Pablo, Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro, since one third of Peru's population lives in Lima.
It is very important to take into account the climate of this city, since there are two very marked stations. On one side is the summer, which includes the months that go from December to March, when temperatures reach 28 ° C. On the other hand there is the winter, from April to November, a very wet and cold season, with temperatures of up to 12 ° C.
Another fact to keep in mind is that the rains are almost non-existent, although during the winter there is usually fog and light drizzles or garúas. However, the northern end of the coast has sun throughout the year, and during the summer temperatures can reach 35 ° C.
The peculiar city of Lima is characterized by several peculiarities within which stands out for example its unstable and humid climate.Because it is on the shores of the Pacific Ocean, almost at sea level, the climate should be predominantly tropical, but in reality it has high levels of atmospheric humidity and little precipitation. This phenomenon is caused by certain particularities such as the influential and cold Humboldt current, which is derived from Antarctica, the proximity of the Andes Mountain Range and the tropical location, which give Lima a subtropical, desert and humid climate with multiple microclimates.
If you want to simplify it could be said that the climate of Lima is warm, without much heat or cold, with an average temperature of 18.5 to 19 ºC annual with a maximum of 29 ºC; The summers, which are from December to April go by 21 and 28 ºC and the winters fluctuate between 12 and 19 ºC. An important point to consider is the relative humidity, which is not low, reaching up to 100%, which generates a persistent haze in the sky of Lima until summer, when it decreases considerably. Summer is hot and humid; cloudy and temperate are the winters and almost never there is rain. The annual average of precipitations is of 7 mm, being the smaller amount in a metropolitan area in the world. All climatic phenomena that occur in Lima, act as follows: The Humboldt Current, which comes from the Antarctic Ocean reaches the coast of Lima cooling the corresponding tropical environment, which produces a cloud that prevents the passage to the solar rays, in addition the Mountain range prevents that the cold air that was generated escapes with what Lima obtains that temperate and desert climate.
Lima, as a city of wide tradition and culture, has an exquisite and varied gastronomy, to the point of having been named as the gastronomic capital of South America due to its unmistakable and unparalleled culinary contribution both pre-Hispanic and colonial as well as the different influences of Eastern and Western. It is possible to subdivide the Peruvian cuisine by its regions, because each one has really delicious specialties, but it can also be segmented by foreign influences, which made this country a multicultural cradle. Now taste the most delicious dishes in Peru:
Lima is characterized for being a quite picturesque city in which countless bloods and traditions converge, reason why its culture goes expanding constantly. This assimilation is also reflected in the trade, because purchases in Lima turn out to be in a really particular way. To start, if what you are looking for is Peruvian crafts, the best places are in Miraflores, by blocks 53 and 54 of Petit Thouars avenue or by La Paz street, where textiles and handicrafts are displayed with great luxury. There is also Larco Avenue, in whose block 6 you can find items made of alpaca wool, as well as gold and silver ornaments, fabrics, ponchos and others. There is a craft market that opens daily at Kennedy Park from 5:00 pm, where you can find "arpillería", which are native paintings of the daily chores of the interior of the country, also oil paintings and simple but curious jewelry ; There is also another small market, the Craft Fair on Avenida La Marina between blocks 18 and 23.
larcomar center, if you are looking to buy more current and sophisticated clothes or articles, the shopping centers you should visit are the Jockey Plaza, which is one of the largest complexes in Lima, where you will find stores such as Ripley and Saga Falabella. on Avenida Javier Prado block 42, in the district of Surco; There is also the Larcomar shopping center in Miraflores, which has countless restaurants, nightclubs, bowling, multiplexes and other attractions, all facing the sea. Cheaper options are found in markets such as Polvos Azules, which is located on Jr. Antonio Raimondi No. 180, in the district of La Victoria, or the Mega Plaza, on Avenida Alfredo Mendiola 3698, which is a fairly large shopping center and full. If it is a question of looking for typical food, you should go to the famous "Alameda de Chabuca Granda", where you will find the most varied and delicious dishes as well as snacks of the Peruvian cuisine, which is located in the Historic Center of the city. In a matter of bookstores, Crisol, which is located on Avenida Larco, is the best in Lima, having a wide variety of titles and is .As you can see, Lima offers a wide variety of products as well as the most accessible prices, there are options for all possibilities and tastes, so it will not be an impediment to take a pleasant memory of this beautiful city.
In Lima, the nightlife is not like any other because in the streets there are countless options for fun and entertainment, always with good company and a drink that brightens the night. The nocturnal activity is concentrated mainly in high districts such as Miraflores, San Isidro and the peculiar Barranco from late at night, according to the Peruvian's preference, which is very pretentious and usually takes time to get ready. There are clearly differentiated areas, both for impetuous and accelerated youngsters as well as for elderly people or areas for those who like to dance as well as for those who like to listen to music of the most varied genres. The days of activity begin from Thursday, known as Friday boy, until the early hours of Monday for some excessively relaxed; The consumption of alcohol is restricted to all children under 18 years of age, and it can not be consumed on public roads.
Locals as varied as the types of public that can be found, there is Haiti with its ancient and refined air that evokes a sumptuous Paris, on Diagonal avenue 160; The Tratoria Store is located on General Borgoso Street 784, Miraflores, where you can enjoy a good beer and some delicious sandwiches. On the other hand, Barranco has innumerable places where you can listen to live music and drink all kinds of drinks, preferably beer.
One of the most important casinos is also in Miraflores and is the Casino La Hacienda, located on 28 de Julio Avenue 511, where the service is pleasant and has ample parking. The minimum age to enter is 18 years.
Between so much option we found to the Bar Kitsch, that is in the avenue Bolognesi 743, Ravine, turning into one of the favorite places by more tourist, with affluence in Friday and Saturdays. In Miraflores, the Holy See is located on 28 de Julio Avenue, where a large number of young Bohemians come, who enjoy pop music and salsa. And if it is a question of salsodromes, we should not forget the Kimbara, the legendary place of La Victoria, on República de Panamá Avenue 1401, to enjoy the authentic South American style.
If it's about music, venues like La Noche, at Bolognesi Avenue 307, Barranco, is one of the most popular venues because it has band performances on life every weekend, it's a cultural center where you can also consume beer and spend a nice time. There is the Jazz Zone, on La Paz Avenue 656, Miraflores, which offers jazz nights on Mondays and Saturdays, with a variety of bands that play both blues and experimental jazz. Also La Casona de Barranco, on Grau Avenue 329, Barranco offers good music on Monday nights and on weekends.