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  • 1. Bajada de los Baños

    Barranco | Promenade

    This cobbled walkway leading down to the "baths"—Barranco's beaches—is shaded by leafy trees and lined with historic architecture. Once the...Read More

  • 2. Country Club Lima Hotel


    Two royal palms stand guard, and a red carpet leads up the stairs to the entrance of this stately hotel built in 1926. Widely regarded as the...Read More

  • 3. El Faro la Marina

    Miraflores | Nautical Site/Lighthouse

    Constructed in 1900, this little lighthouse at the north end of Parque Antonio Raimondi, a short walk north from the Parque del Amor, has guided...Read More

  • 4. El Mirador

    Barranco | Viewpoint

    Head down the path to the left of La Ermita church and you'll come upon El Mirador, a scenic lookout with a splendid view of Lima's coastline...Read More

  • 5. Estación de Desamparados

    El Centro | Notable Building

    Inaugurated in 1912, Desamparados Station was the centerpiece for the continent's first railway, which stretched from the port of Callao to...Read More

  • 6. Galleria Lucía de la Puente

    Barranco | Museum/Gallery

    Lucía de la Puente represents some of the best artists in Peru, as well as other South American nations, at Lima's premier gallery, which occupies...Read More

  • 7. Iglesia de Jesús, María y José

    El Centro | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The 1713 Church of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph may be smaller than some of El Centro's other sanctuaries, but inside is a feast for the eyes. Retablos...Read More

  • 8. Iglesia de la Merced

    El Centro | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Nothing about this colonial-era church could be called restrained. Take the pink-and-gray stone facade, for instance: done in an over-the-top...Read More

  • 9. Iglesia de San Agustín

    El Centro | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Disfigured by the violence of Peru’s history—earthquakes and war—this church, or more specifically, its magnificent facade, remains one of the...Read More

  • 10. Iglesia de San Pedro

    El Centro | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The Jesuits built three churches in rapid succession on this corner, inaugurating the current temple in 1638. It remains one of the finest examples...Read More

  • 11. Instituto Cultural Peruano Norteamericano

    Miraflores | Museum/Gallery

    The large gallery in the lower floor of the Instituto Cultural Peruano Norteamericano primarily exhibits the work of contemporary Peruvian artists...Read More

  • 12. Lugar de la Memoria

    Miraflores | Museum/Gallery

    From 1980 to 2000, two terrorist groups waged a fierce war against the Peruvian state: Sendero Luminoso and the Movimiento Revolucionario Tupac...Read More

  • 13. Municipalidad de Lima

    El Centro | Government Building

    Although it resembles the colonial-era buildings that abound in the area, City Hall was constructed in 1944. Step into the foyer to see the...Read More

  • 14. Palacio de Gobierno

    El Centro | Castle/Palace

    This neobaroque palace north of the Plaza de Armas is the official residence of Peru's president. It was built on the site where Francisco Pizarro...Read More

  • 15. Parque de la Exposición

    El Centro | City Park

    Eager to prove it was a world-class capital, Lima hosted an international exposition in 1872. Several of the buildings constructed for the event...Read More

  • 16. Parque del Amor

    Miraflores | City Park

    You could be forgiven for thinking you're in Barcelona when you stroll through this lovely park designed by Peruvian artist Victor Delfín. As...Read More

  • 17. Parque El Olivar

    City Park

    For years, this rambling olive grove was slowly being eroded, as homes for wealthy limeños were built in and around its perimeter. The process...Read More

  • 18. Parque Intihuatana

    Miraflores | Plaza/Square

    A massive cement sculpture called Intihuatana , designed by Peruvian artist Fernando de Szyszlo, dominates this plaza across the bridge from...Read More

  • 19. Parque Kennedy

    Miraflores | City Park

    What locals call Parque Kennedy is, strictly speaking, two parks. A smaller section, near the óvalo, or roundabout, is Parque 7 de Junio, whereas...Read More

  • 20. Parque Municipal

    Barranco | City Park

    Elegant royal palms, swirls of purple-and-yellow bougainvillea, and the surrounding colonial architecture make this park a Lima standout. Its...Read More

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