Lima Holidays: An Overview

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 holiday destinations. The city's historical centre and its Plaza Mayor is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with finely preserved colonial architecture.

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  • Lima's innovative and exciting dining scene means it's fast becoming South America's gastronomic capital - the city's restaurant Astrid y Gastón is 14th on The World's 50 Best Restaurants list

Lima Luxury Holidays: The Detail

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.


Top picks for Lima

Casa Andina Private Collection Lima

Casa Andina Private Collection Lima

Lima

The hotel's stylish contemporary design and cutting-edge technology make it one of Lima's best hotels.

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Country Club

Country Club

Lima

Located in San Isidro, the most exclusive residential and commercial district of Lima, the hotel dates back to 1927.

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Belmond Miraflores Park

Belmond Miraflores Park

Lima

Located in the quiet yet fashionable Miraflores district, an area famed for its excellent seafood restaurants, Miraflores Park Hotel is ideally positioned for discovering the hot spots of the up-and-coming gastro capital.

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Hotel B

Hotel B

Lima

Situated in the trendy Barranco neighbourhood in Lima, this Arts Boutique Hotel is in a prime location, close to the Pacific Ocean and surrounded by leafy streets and the elaborate architecture of elegant mansions.

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Atemporal

Atemporal

Lima

The team behind Atemporal have coined the term 'hotelito' to define this boutique bolthole, located in the heart of Miraflores.

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A tour of Larco Museum with the curator

A tour of Larco Museum with the curator

Lima

The Larco Museum in Lima contains an astonishing 45,000 artefacts dating from the pre-Columbian (basically pre-European) period, and including an impressive collection of Inca crowns and other ornamental pieces decorated with gold and precious stones.

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We had a wonderful time, unforgettable. Thanks for the amazing organisation, everything was perfect!

Sabrina

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