Lima is the capital of Peru. Situated on the central coast of the west of South America, At 154 meters above the sea level. It was founded by Francisco Pizarro in 1535. Today Lima, outstanding for his colonial architecture: baroque churches, elegant mansions and fine museums. It is a city of contrast where the typical and traditional mingle and the modern. The integration between people from different cultural backgrounds has made it an interesting and appealing lively metropolis.
Lima has been the center and meeting point for trade in this part of South America. This has also produced an incomparable diversity of culture.
With its mud-brick palaces, balconies, patios, doorways and wrought ironwork, its desert and its valleys, its sea and extraordinary sunsets, its music and food. Lima is a great city of more than eight million inhabitants
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Barranco is an excellent district to stay; there you can visit attractive bars with seawards. Many of them are in what were once mansions and town houses from the end of the 19th Century and some have been designed in sympathy with the architecture. Barranco is the place for a few scoops, tequila, rum, live rock, kitsch bars, and the snobbishness of Generation X.
The famous riolla cooking is the result of the merging of native and European recipes. Also highly appreciated is Chinese cooking with its touch of Peruvian seasoning which can be tasted in all restaurants called Chifas. A good way to taste Criollo food is their “piqueo”, a lot of small plates served before the main couse, containing delicacies such as cebiche and anticuchos. Among traditional desserts there are mazamorra morada and picarones.The traditional liquor of Peru is Pisco, the basis of the famous Pisco Sour. Local wines are good and the Cusqueña beer is excellent.