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 artifacts; an
impressive sight even for those who didn't think themselves museum
buffs (after a trip to Lima, views might change). 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.
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. Astrid Y Gastón is the local 'celebrity chef'
with his restaurant 42 featuring highly on this years 'World's 50
Best Restaurant's' List, he also has eateries popping up in Mexico,
Chile and Spain too.