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Lima

Feast your eyes in the capital’s architectural melting pot

Indigenous groups lived in the area around Lima in pre-Columbian times, but it was the Spanish Conquistadors who founded the city in the 16th century. The fact that the area is seismically active means that Lima’s gone through a number of reincarnations, but historic buildings do survive from each of its major periods.

The Convento de San Francisco, Basilica Cathedral, and Torre Tagle Palace are just three of Lima’s sites of historical significance. The fascinating thing about these buildings is that they reflect the diverse cultural reference points of the men who designed and built them: the Torre Tagle in particular has tiles from Seville, Moorish arches, and intricately carved dark wood balconies which would not look out of place in the Himalayas. Creole influences are evident, too.
 
If you’d like to find out more about Peru’s history we’ll arrange a visit to the Museum of the Nation, which has exhibits spanning the country’s entire heritage. The early indigenous ceramics from the Moche, Nazca, and Wari civilisations are particularly fine. Combine this with a stroll in the Park of the Reserve, which is filled with fountains and sculptures by Peruvian artists.
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Accommodation:
Belmond Miraflores Park
Belmond Miraflores Park is a sanctuary in the capital, set in the midst of Lima’s trendiest area. Use it as your base for exploring the nearby museums, colonial buildings, and park, then retreat here to relax in sublime surrounding with sparkling views of the Pacific Ocean.
Accommodation:
Hotel B
Lima’s Hotel B is a luxurious Relais & Chateaux property in a fabulous belle epoque house built as a seaside retreat for the Peruvian elite. The French architect responsible for the remodeling of the city’s Government Palace also designed Hotel B.