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Like in every major city in the world, it can be quite stressful to plan a trip in Lima . But it shouldn't be that daunting since Lima is a wonderful city which is definitely worth a few days there.... more Some people don't have high expectations from Lima , which is definitely a shame because being well-organized; Lima could be an unforgettable experience and a fascinating city. Lima center is a very charming and authentic colonial place characterized by an eclectic architecture. As in all the capitals of the world with a huge cultural legacy, Lima has wonderful museums. The Larco Museum for example is one of the best museums in the world. It is the only city where Pre-Columbian pyramids coexist with modern buildings. Lima is diverse and full of opportunities, of different places, each one of them having its own particular charm, each one of them providing its own particular atmosphere. There are two constants though…food and music. There you will eat like nowhere in the world. So, let's make a dance through Lima , to feed ourselves with culture and authentic experiences. Using a tourist agency is not the only way to visit Lima ; you can easily do your trip by yourself, which might be more rewarding and help you to get your bearings on your own so you can learn more about the city by yourself. So, don't be afraid to grab your backpack and go for an adventure in vibrant Lima . Before beginning your visit, you have to be aware of some useful tips about Lima . Like in every major city, be careful with your belongings and when you take a taxi. 9.30am : To begin with, go to the Town Historical Center and stop in the Plaza San Martin , built for the Argentine general San Martin, one of the Liberators of Spanish South America. The square, in the middle of which stands a statue of the general, has a monumental aspect reflecting the independence of Peru . From there, walk down the Jirón de la Unión , the eldest street in Lima . It's a pedestrian street where you can shop surrounded by colorful 200-year-old colonial facades. From there, you will emerge in the Plaza de Armas , where the city of Lima was founded and the Independence declared. There you will be able to see the three main buildings: the Archbishop's Palace, the Government Palace and the Cathedral in the middle of which stands a lovely fountain. When you travel South America, this is the kind of place you would expect, you are suddenly right in the middle of a wide square, surrounded by colors and sounds that reflect the buzz of a Latino City . Just walk around it and pay attention to how the colors of the buildings blend together. The place has a particularly vivid and vibrant atmosphere. 10.30am: San Francisco Church and the catacombs: it is a very impressive monastery containing the remains of more than 70.000 people and a very nice library. Mon-Sun: 9.30am-5.45pm / Prices: General admission: $2, Student: $1, Children: $0.30 11.45am: The change of the guards in the Government Palace : do not miss the ceremony, which takes place everyday and that involves an official orchestra. 12.30am: Pueblo Libre: Café del Museo: Before visiting the Larco Museum , you might be hungry. You should then take advantage of the wonderful little café located in the colorful gardens of the Larco Museum . The Café offers a really good choice of Peruvian food (try the ceviche and the papas a la huancaína there) and has International choices as well. It is also very much appreciated for its cocktail menu, including the typical Pisco Sour. Price range: $15 including drinks and deserts2.00pm: After your delicious meal, go and visit the museum. The Museo Larco (av. Bolívar 1515 – Pueblo Libre - http://www.museolarco.org/) is a fabulous experience in Lima . It displays an important collection of pre-Columbian art including a much appreciated erotic gallery depicting in a very realistic way their sexual habits...You will be curiously intrigued by being surrounded by giant phalluses and ceramic couples in all kind of positions. The main galleries of the museum showcase the most consequent collection of gold, silver and jewelry of the Ancient Peru. The Larco Museum is one of the few museums in the world allowing tourists in the storage area. In total, the collection of more than 45.000 pieces will leave you the sensation of having learnt a lot about pre-Columbian civilizations. Mon-Sun: 9am-6am / Prices: General admission: $9, Seniors: $7, Students and Children under 15: $5 4.00pm: After the Larco experience head off to Miraflores , which is just 15minutes away from the museum, and where you will be able to shop in the Larco Mar shopping center. On your way to Miraflores, ask the taxi driver to stop by the Huallamarca (calle Nicolás de Rivera 201, San Isidro ), where you will see the rests of an Ancient pre-Columbian cemetery (9am - 5pm / Prices: $2 Students: $1 and $ 3.5 for a guided tour). Or you can go to the Huaca Pucllana , in Miraflores (Avenida General Borgoño, 9am- 4.30pm / Prices: $2.5 , Students: $1, Children: $0.30). It was a pre-Columbian ceremonial center where you can see all the archaeologists actually working there. They also have an interesting museum. Opposite the archaeological site, do not miss the café Bodega de la Trattoria for a drink or a coffee, a charming restaurant with a very quiet and intimate atmosphere. Then, go to Larco Mar. This shopping center is located in the green cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean and it feels just right to have a walk on the seaside, heading to the Parque del Amor, where you will see lots of kissing couples and a giant grotesque statue of a couple. This is an ideal place to take pictures. If you want to try a nice Pisco Sour, the Peruvian cocktail, just try the Haiti bar near the Calle de las pizzas. 7 pm: Go for a nice little walk in the Parque de la Reserva. It is the biggest fountain park in the world. The 13 fountains dance to the sound of typical Peruvian music and are lit with various flashing colorful lights. For the show: Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat,. Sun at 6.30pm - 8pm - 9.30pm - 10pm closing at 11pm Price: $1.30 For dinner, you have various different choices, depending on what you like. If you would like typical Peruvian food, try Astrid y Gastón , They also have more International choices. La Gloria is also a possibility. The restaurant is located in a charming old mansion in Miraflores. They have Peruvian and more International food.
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