This bustling capital city is home to over 12 million people and is the largest in the country. It’s strategically placed at the convergence of the Chillon, Rimac and Lurin Rivers and right on the Pacific Ocean where the large port of Callao is located.
This fog-enshrouded desert city is surprisingly the second driest world capital (after Cairo), but it maintains a cool, comfortable temperature year-round. The city was founded on January 18, 1535 by Francisco Pizarro, and became known as “The City of Kings”. Due to its location on the Pacific, Callao became an important port from which Peruvian products were shipped to Europe, then eventually around the world.
The city has experienced a rejuvenation since the turn of the century. Upscale oceanfront districts like Miraflores, San Isidro, and Barranco are quickly becoming popular with travelers for their cool, glamorous vibe, and food scene.
Lima is undeniably one of the top gastronomical destinations, boasting some of the most highly-rated restaurants in the world. Foodies love this town. The historic, colonial center maintains a beautiful ‘Plaza Mayor’ main square where the Cathedral and Presidential Palace are found.
Lima is home to the University of San Marcos, founded in 1551 during the Spanish Colonial regime. The university is one of the oldest in the new world, and is still in operation today
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