Quell any notions of Lima not being as exciting as its South American counterparts - Buenos Aires springs to mind - as it has plenty going for it and is certainly on the up. A selection of new hotels, world-renowned museums, and superb restaurants make it one of our must-visit destinations.
The city’s historical centre and its Plaza Mayor is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with finely preserved colonial architecture. Visit the spot in which Francisco Pizarro founded the city in 1535, and where Peruvians declared their independence in 1821 – a pretty significant spot for the country’s inhabitants.
The museums in Lima are enough to rival any capital city. Tour the gold-leaf altars and paintings of the Cathedral on the eastern edge, and visit the Church of San Francisco a couple of blocks northeast with its 17th-century convent and extensive network of catacombs. The archaeological and anthropological museum of gold contains a priceless collection of pre-Columbian gold artefacts; an impressive sight even for those who didn’t think themselves museum buffs (after a trip to Lima, views might change).
Lima is also considered to be the gastro capital of Latin America. The seafront district of Miraflores has fantastic seafood restaurants, and international influences are readily making themselves known. Gaston Acurio is the local 'celebrity chef' with his restaurants popping up in Mexico, Chile and Spain too.
Whilst Paracas is on the coast, it is not a beach resort per-se. Certain watersports such as wind surfing are popular here, however it is also the perfect place from which to explore southern Peru. We have carefully selected a couple of the best hotels in the area in order for guests to make the most out of their stay. La Hacienda Bahia Paracas is a charming hotel ideally located on Paracas Bay, and Hotel Paracas has its own travel agent, making day trips and tours that much easier.