There is nowhere quite like South America. A combination of ancient and modern, no matter where you go you will always have plenty to do and see, and may end up experiencing more then you ever thought possible. But even with so many great travel locations, there is one that sticks out, and that will always have you coming back for more: Lima.
The largest (and capital) city of Peru has long since been a place of wonder and entertainment, with plenty of culture and history rich areas, as well as modern playgrounds that give the best of both worlds. It is also a place of mixed heritage, showing the origins of the indigenous people, as well as the influences of the Spanish conquistadors who settled the area in the 1500′s, adding some extra flavor to the region.
When you first enter the city, there are a few things you may notice. First of all, the area is full of poverty stricken locals, due to the migration of a large number of people from the Andes, hoping to find work. This has caused a strain on the economy and work force, as there are not enough jobs to go around, and may give you a false impression of Lima. While there is a serious problem of destitution in the area, it is mainly contained to the center of Lima, and the highest crime rate is centralized there as well.
Another thing you may notice is the issue of transportation. There are plenty of buses moving through Lima, all over the city, but they tend to move rather slowly, and stop often. This is because there are no specifically designated spots, so if you are wanting to get somewhere quickly, you would be better served taking a taxi, or walking if it is close enough to do so. However, if you are looking for a chance to mingle with locals, and to get a feel for the experience of real Lima travel, then the bus may be the perfect place for you to get around.
A must see while you are in Lima is the downtown center. From 16th century catacombs lying beneath the towering cathedrals and churches, to the beautiful Presidential Palace in the Plaza de Armas, there is some breathtaking architecture, not to mention a collection of history that will leave you feeling connected to the city like nothing else can. There are also various museums in the Instituto Riva Agüero, which houses quite a bit of art, as well as ethnic artifacts from local dig sites.
If you prefer a more physical list of activities, I would suggest checking out the various walking tours, as well as the bike trips through that will take you throughout the majority of the city. There are also some great hiking, exploring, and climbing opportunities, and if you like a little adventure you can try hangliding over the Miraflores.
Lima travel packages can offer you an experience of a lifetime, and a chance to visit one of the most interesting, culturally rich cities in the world. From the aging cathedrals, to the mysterious catacombs and archaeological sites, to a chance to connect with a wonderful people, it’s easy to see why Lima travel has doubled in the last several years.
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