Lima, the capital of Peru, may not be as stunning as other capitals. With its location between the dusty desert coast of the country, between the Andes foothills and the Pacific Ocean, Lima is often covered in fog. It can also become chaotic, loud, and gritty. More often than not, tourists just stop by on their way to more scenic destinations in Peru.
However, Lima is not without its share of wonderful surprises and attractions. The city's historic centre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with its collection of Spanish-colonial mansions with latticed wooden balconies. It has beautiful Baroque churches and museums such as the Iglesia de Santo Domingo and Museo Rafael Larco Herrera. Lima is also the gateway to the wonders of Machu Picchu, Amazon jungle, and Lake Titicaca.
More than its historic attractions, Lima is also home to more contemporary pleasures. Nightclubs, shopping malls, private golf clubs, and an array of superb eateries are sure to find its way to any traveller's sweet spot.