Lima's main square, Plaza de Armas, is a beautful site to see.
Plaza de Armas is a must-visit, and you'll realize why as you stand amid towering palm trees and admire the Cathedral of Lima, the wooden balconies of the Archbishop's Palace and the baroque-style Government Palace. Peru's president resides there, and a ceremonial changing of the guard occurs daily at noon.
Pre-Incan monkey ceramics called huacos hail from the Peruvian culture of Chancay.
To appreciate indigenous history, visit the Larco Museum, set amid lush gardens in the Pueblo Libre district and featuring pre-Colombian artwork — some of it famously erotic — spanning more than 5,000 years. Or you can enjoy modern creativity at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MAC) in trendy Barranco or ogle 14-karat-gold decadence at the Museo Oro del Peru.
The eclectic Barranco district is where you'll feel Lima's bohemian vibe. In addition to tucked-away bars and coffee shops and the MAC, you'll find street art, mansions and the 100-foot wooden El Puente de los Suspiros (Bridge of Sighs). Legend says that if you make a wish and hold your breath as you cross, your wish will come true.
Peruvian cuisine is celebrated because of Lima's innovative gastronomy, blending local ingredients — seafood, peppers, corn, quinoa and potatoes — with global flavors, especially Japanese and Chinese. Dishes to try include ceviche (raw fish in a citrusy marinade), causa (mashed potatoes with chili pepper and shredded chicken) and Nikkei, Japanese-Peruvian cuisine, such as sashimi-style fish in a spicy sauce.
Traditional Peruvian handicrafts are colorful and practical — straw baskets, clay pottery and handwoven sweaters — and in Lima there are several spots to shop. In the Miraflores district, the Indian Market features four city blocks of stalls. The Larcomar mall near Parque Salazar has several handicraft shops. Neighboring Barranco is home to an array of artisanal stores and galleries.
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