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Lima
LIMA
Lima Info
The department of Lima is the most populous of Peru due to the city of Lima being located there. The city of Lima is the transportation, cultural, economic, social, political, and touristical hub of the nation. Because Peru is a highly centralized nation, much of Peru's organization and commerce are centered on this city. Lima was founded in 1535 by the conquistador Francisco Pizarro. What he founded is now known as the Historic Centre of Lima which contains much of Lima's colonial architecture which is known to be arguably the best in South America. During the colonial era, Lima was the centre of Spanish rule in South America and administration of the continent passed through this city. Because of this, a large colonial presence was built up until independence. After independence, cultures from all over the world began to melt together until creating what Lima is today. An example of this union of cultures is the city's gastronomy. Lima's cuisine is a combination representing all the groups of people who are part of the city. European, Asian, and Andean cuisine was mixed together to create what is now known as Limean gastronomy. The food sector is an extremely important part of Lima's touristical economy as many of South America's best restaurants and chefs are located in Lima. Not only is the mixing of cuisine evident in Lima but the mixing of cultures is as well. Nothing exemplifies this more than the multiple museums located throughout Lima. Among these, the largest and most recognized are, the National Museum, National Museum of Anthropology, Arqueology and History, Rafael Larco Herrera Archeological Museum, National Museum of Peruvian Culture, and the Museum of Italian Art. The district of Miraflores is one that is frequently appealing to tourists because of the multitude of restaurants, hotels, parks, events, and tourist attractions located in the area. The Barranco District along with the Miraflores District has a vibrant nightlife with various nightclubs and pubs throughout the area. Peñas a special type of venue are popular in Barranco among tourists. The Park of the Reserve and the Park of the Exposition are located in the city and are one of Lima's main greenspaces. Lomas de Lanchay National Reserve is located 105 kilometers north of Lima and is home to a variety of wildlife and vegetation. Caral, located in the middle of the desert, is the oldest city in the Western Hemisphere as it was built 5,000 years ago. Lunahuana, located to the south of Lima, is a centre of adventure tourism through white-river rafting and other activities. The beach of Asia located 100 kilometers to the south of the city is popular among residents as a summer getaway.

Lima Tourist Information

The city of Lima

Lima was founded in 1535 and in a short period of time became the most important city in the Americas. Today, there are more than eight million inhabitants, and the city shelters immigrants from all corners of the globe, which has transformed it into a mixed city par excellence. In the historic centre, placed by UNESCO on the World Cultural Heritage List, you can visit splendid samples of Colonial architecture like the Cathedral, the Convent of Santo Domingo, and the Convent of San Francisco as well as fantastically wood carven balconies. Lima is also an inexhaustible source of culture, demonstrated by the existence of numerous and varied museums like the National Museum of Archeology, Anthropology, and History and the Rafael Larco Herrera Archeological Museum, which guards priceless Incan and pre-Incan treasures. Situated in the heart of the city are great archeological monuments such as the Huallamarca Huaca or the Pucllana Huaca. And, on the outskirts of Lima facing the ocean is Pachacamac, the most important pre-Incan sanctuary on the coast, built in the third century A.D. Some of the other great attractions are the beaches where you can do all types of aquatic sports, enjoy the sun, or simply gaze at the mesmerizing beauty of the Pacific Ocean.

During this trip, you must also remember to sample one of the best cuisines in the world. The city offers a wide variety of restaurants and inviting locales where you will be able to taste delicious dishes, the result of the mixing of European, African, Asian, and Andean cuisines.

The provinces of Lima

Lima is a destination that offers something for everyone. 105 kilometers north of the city, you find the Lomas of Lachay National Reserve where the desert mountains turn green between July and November due to the winds that carry the fog from the ocean to create an abundance of humidity. This natural enclave is home to foxes, deer, and uncountable numbers of birds as well as a large amount of wild flowers.
Farther north, in the middle of the desert, lies the sacred city of Caral that, according to recent research, would be the oldest civilization center in the Americas at 5,000 years of age.
It is said that the Churín hot springs, 207 kilometers northeast of Lima, can cure people with its mineral waters. Located a little higher than 2,000 meters, this lovely inter-Andean valley also contains diverse archeological remains and an excellent climate.
Towards the center, you find the Marcahuasi mesa, a location much visited by mystics, nature lovers, and people connected to the esoteric. The gigantic granite rock formations, naturally created, that are similar to many types of figures give this place an overwhelming aspect.And to the south, there is the province of Cañete where it is possible to experience rural, archeological, and adventure tourism, mainly in the city of Lunahuaná.
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Lima Useful information
 
 
altitude
altitude
-Lowest point: 3 masl / 10 fasl (Ancon).
-Highest point: 861 masl / 2825 fasl (Chosica)
 
 
Weather
weather
The city of Lima has an arid and semi-warm climate. The average annual maximum temperature is 21,97ºC (71,4ºF) and the minimum is 17ºC (62ºF). The temperature increases in the years when the El Niño phenomenon occurs. 
 
 
Access routes
Access routes
By land: Connected by the Pan-American Highway to different cities along the coast of Peru, Ecuador, and Chile.
To the west, the Carretera Central is the main highway to different highland and central jungle cities.
By air: Regular flights to the major world cities from the JorgeChavezInternationalAirport (located in the Callao Region, approximately 30 minute from Lima)
 
 
Airport
airport
Jorge Chávez International Airport
Avenida Faucett, Callao. Telephone: (511) 595-0666 (reports on national and international flights). Attention: 24 hours. Web site: www.lap.com.pe.
 
 
Health Centers
health centers
Lima
-Arzobispo Loayza National Hospital: Avenida Alfonso Ugarte 848, Cercado. Central switchboard: (511) 424-6050. Emergency telephone: 330-0264 and 330-0241. Attention: 24 hours.
-Dos de Mayo National Hospital: Parque Historia de la Medicina Peruana, Lima. Tel., Central: (511) 328-1414, 328-0028. Attention: 24 hours.
-Jose Casimiro Ulloa Emergency Hospital: Avenida República de Panama 6355, San Antonio, Miraflores. Tel., Central: (511) 445-5096 and 241-2789. Free calls from land line: dial 117. Attention: 24 hours.
-Cayetano Heredia National Hospital: Avenida Honorio Delgado, Ingenieria, San Martín de Porres. Telephone: (511) 482-1410 / 482-0402. Attention: 24 hours
 
 
Local Police
police station

Tourism Police
-Calle Colón Nº 246 Miraflores. Telephone: (511) 243-2190.
-Av. España cuadra 5 Cercado (Prefectura). Telephone: (511) 423-3500 / 9755-9198

 
 
Craft market
craft market

-Avenida La Marina, blocks 6-8, Pueblo Libre.
-Avenida Petit Thouars, blocks 48-52, Miraflores

 
 
Postal Service
postal services
-Pasaje Piura, Correo Central, Cercado de Lima. Telephone: (511) 533-2005.
-Av. Petit Thouars 5201, Miraflores. Telephone: (511) 445-0697 / 445-5378.
 
 
Tourist Information
tourist information

-Lima City Hall www.munlima.gob.pe
IPerú, TOURIST INFORMATION. Email: travel@perutravel.pe or click here

 
Transportation
 
Company name
Contact
Web Site / Email
A&A Transporte Señor de Muruhuay S.A.C
323-7847
Axel Transportation & Transfer Service
51-1-5650016
Bahía Continental S.A.C
423-3623
Buss y Reyes S.A.C
424-2909
Empresa de Transporte Mariscal Cáceres S.A.C
427-2844
Empresa de Transporte Móvil Tours S.A.C
232-3290
PEBSA - Empresa de Transporte Perú Bus S.A
266-1515 / 266-0459 / 266-1425
Empresa De Transporte Ronco Perú S.A.C
423-2465
ETRANSA - Empresa de Transporte Salazar E.I.R.L
(064) 24-2323
Empresa de Transporte San Juan de Yauyos S.R.L
339-3563
Empresa de Transporte Turismo Apóstol San Pedro E.I.R.L
427-2875
Turismo Huaral - Empresa de Transporte Turismo Huaral S.A
(043) 42-8327
Empresa de Transportes Andía E.I.R.L
427-9176
Empresa de Transportes Atahualpa S.A
427-7324
Empresa de Transportes Cueva E.I.R.LTDA
431-4747
Empresa de Transportes Estrella Polar S.A
426-5490
Flores - Empresa de Transportes Flores Hnos. S.R.L
(054) 43-1646
Empresa de Transportes Grupo Horna SAC
(01) 330-4381
Empresa de Transportes Junín S.R.L
(064) 321-1234
Empresa de Transportes La Perla del Oriente S.A
(01) 472-1402
Empresa de Transportes León de Huánuco
(01) 424-3893
Empresa de Transportes Marcelo Hnos. S.R.L
330-8514
Empresa de Transportes Nuestra Señora de La Merced
(064) 53-2606
Empresa de Transportes San Martín de Porres S.A
(01)2323787
Empresa de Transportes Turismo Paramonga S.A
(01) 423-6338
Oltursa - Empresa de Transportes Turísticos Olano S.A
(054)57-2854
ETUCSA - Empresa de Transportes Unidos del Centro S.A
(044) 20-2810
Empresa de Transportes y RepresentacionesTurismo Central S.A
330-2676
Transporte Torre Fuerte - Empresa de Transportes y Servicios Multiples Torre Fuerte
251-6969
Expreso Antezana
(066) 31-1348
Expreso Cial
(043) 42-9253
Ormeño - Expreso Internacional Ormeño S.A
472-1710 / 427-5679 
Expreso Internacional Palomino S.A.C
(066) 31-6906
Expreso Lobato S.A.C
(066) 32-7134
Expreso Molina Unión E.I.R.L
(066) 31-9989
Expreso Wari S.A.C
330-3543 / 332-0963
Flores Hermanos S.C.R.L
332-1212
Ittsa -Internacional de Transporte Turístico y Servicios S.R.LTDA
431-9942 / 332-1665
M & C Enlaces S.A
433-3311 / 265-9041
Soyuz S.A
266-1515 anexo: 211 / 266-2725
Transmar Express S.A.C
265-0190
TEXUR S:R:L - Transporte Expreso del Sur S.R.L
424-1098
Transporte Mi Chaperito E.I.R.L
382-3466 / 523-7497
Transporte Rey Bus
333-5251
Transporte Turismo Beteta Junior S.A.C
428-8832 / 274-6057
Transporte Y Turismo Victoria Del Norte E.I.R.L
235-2964 / 388-8069
Transporte Zagal
(01) 235-3054
Transportes Chanchamayo S.A.C.
(064) 32-1882
Transportes Cromotex S.A.C
(01) 424-7575
Cruz del Sur - Transportes Cruz del Sur S.A.C
(01) 311-5030
Tepsa - Transportes El Pino S.A.C
429-9334
Transportes Huamanga S.A
330-2206 / 424-2270
Transportes Libertadores
426-4779 / 426-8067
Transportes Paredes Estrella
Transportes San Cristóbal S.A
434-0778 / 382-5377
Transportes Turismo Barranca S.A
235-3549
Turismo Andino
427-3111
Turismo Cavassa S.A.C
523-4394
Turismo Civa S.A.C
418-1111
Turismo Divino Señor E.I.R.L
428-0915
Turismo Huari
482-3239 - 425-2034
 
Callao Transportation
 
Transportes Cruz del Sur S.A.C
311-5030
Tepsa - Transportes El Pino S.A.C
523-7647
DHL Global Forwarding Peru S.A
5741330
Lima Cuisine
 
Typical dishes :

Among the typical dishes of the department, the following are most representative:

  • Cebiche: raw fish filet cut into pieces and marinated in lime juice, onions, and aji (hot pepper).
  • Escabeche: pieces of fish or chicken marinated in vinegar and steamed with plenty of onions.
  • Carapulcra: boiled dehydrated potatoes made into a stew with pork and chicken, aji panca and mirasol (hot peppers), garlic, and other spices.
  • Cau-cau: cow stomach stew with potatoes, palillo (a spice similar to turmeric), and mint.
  • Anticuchos: grilled brochettes of beef heart, macerated in vinegar and aji panca (hot pepper).
  • Lomo saltado: beef tenderloin slices, sautéed with onions, tomatoes, aji (hot peppers), and other spices. It is served with French fries and rice.
  • Ají de gallina: a chicken stew made with cream, cheese, aji (hot pepper), and peanuts.
  • Causa rellena: mashed yellow potatoes seasoned with aji (hot pepper) and filled with tuna or chicken.
  • Choros a la chalaca: mussels covered with diced onions and aji (hot pepper) and seasoned with lemon juice.
  • Tacu-tacu: Mixture of beans and rice, fried, and topped with breaded and pan-fried steak and an onion salsa.
  • Parihuela: concentrated soup of fish and shellfish.
  • Sancochado: boiled beef with corn, sweet potatoe, carrots, cabbage, yucca, and potatoes.
  • Pescado a la chorrillana: fried fish in a tomato, onion, and white wine salsa.
  • Pescado a lo macho: fried fish in a shellfish sauce with aji (hot pepper) and garlic.

Traditional desserts

  • Mazamorra morada: pudding-like dessert made from purple corn flour and fresh and dried fruits.
  • Suspiro a la limeña: meringue with manjar blanco and vanilla.
  • Turrón de Doña Pepa: pan cookie dough with butter, bathed in sugar syrup and hard candies.
  • Picarones: doughnut-like pastries of sweet potato and squash flour, bathed in sugar or corn syrup.

Traditionals drinks

  • Chicha morada: alcohol-free drink of purple corn juice.
  • Pisco sour: unsurpassed typical Peruvian cocktail made with a pisco, lime and egg-white

 

Tumbes cuisine
Juanes
 
Lima Tourism Info
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