Dubbed the City of Kings, Lima was the capital of the Spanish Empire in South America for almost two centuries, unmatched in the Old World for wealth and elegance until a disastrous earthquake in 1746.
Today Lima's best neighbourhoods are Miraflores, San Isidro and Barranco, where smart restaurants and luxury hotels surround pyramids, neat parks and ocean-front shopping districts.
The colonial centre is one of Peru's ten World Heritage sites, blessed with the grand Plaza de Armas, fine churches and attractive wooden balconies.
Lima's fine cuisine has earned the city a reputation as the gastronomic capital of the Americas.
Top itineraries in Lima
Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca, highlights of any visit to Peru, are linked by rail via Cusco along some of the world's highest and most scenic tracks.
See the likes of Peru’s Amazon Rainforest and citadel-capped Andean peaks in luxurious comfort, enjoying private touring, included excursions and gourmet dining. In between, this comprehensive tour showcases everything from Cusco’s colonial charms to the Sacred Valley’s Incan history.
Between stays in the depths of the world’s largest rainforest and trips to ancient cities you’ll experience the very best of Peru.
Top places to stay in Lima
Hotel B is located in the seaside district of Barranco, a bohemian revival neighbourhood that was at one time a favourite of the Limeño aristocracy, before, in more recent times, attracting Peru's best-known creatives, including internationally acclaimed fashion photographer Mario Testino.
Combining luxury facilities with personalised service and exceptional dining, this luxury hotel offers guests the perfect base for exploring the museums, shops, restaurants, cafes and galleries of Peru's cosmopolitan capital.
Our travel specialist Emma recently returned from a nine-day tour of Chile and Peru. Read her in-depth review for an insight into her spectacular trip as well as advice if you're planning your own tailor-made holiday.
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