Know the best places in Lima
Lima is located on the country’s central coast, and flanked by the Chillón, Rímac and Lurín rivers. It is considered to be the country’s nerve centre for politics, culture, business and finance, and that is why LATAM Airlines are offering Madrid to Lima flights in order to cover one of the most requested airline routes.
The Peruvian city has more than 9 million inhabitants, making it the largest city in the country and it ranks fifth in terms of highest population density in all of Latin America.
The Basilica of Our Lady of Mercy is a Baroque style church built at the beginning of the 16th century. It has a high quality granite facade, and is considered to be a Heritage Site of Cultural Interest. Inside, it holds the city’s guardian and patron of the Armed Forces, and it is the main focus of admiration and worship.
The Plaza Mayor, more commonly known as Plaza de Armas, is the heart of Lima; it is surrounded by the Cathedral of Lima, the Archbishop’s Palace and Government Palace, three of the city’s most iconic buildings. In the beginning, it was the setting for business, bull fights and important demonstrations, making it the key gathering point for all of the inhabitants in this incredible city.
The Convent of Santo Domingo is an architectural grouping of religious buildings that houses some of the city’s greatest treasures. It has 12 Arabic inspired patios, making it a peaceful and relaxing place along with its architecture and vegetation. The convent is very well-known for housing the tombs of the first person from the Americas to be canonized, Saint Rose of Lima, as well as Saint Martin de Porres, the first black saint, who is represented with a broom in his hand as a symbol of his great humility, which made him much-loved among the people.
Huallamarca is the most important archaeological monument in Lima, the pyramid shaped building dates back to the 1st century BC. It was used for religious ceremonies, which explains why a large number of remains and decorative objects (vessels, silver instruments, etc.) belonging to the Hualla tribe have been found there. The tribe is believed to have constructed the majestic building.
Barranco is the most bohemian and artistic district in Lima and one of the main tourism areas in the city. It is a favourite spot for poets and writers due to its tranquillity and incredible views from the cliff, and it serves as inspiration for many creative people.