EXPLORE THE CITY OF KINGS
Founded in 1535 by Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro, Lima was initially called Ciudad de Los Reyes (City of Kings). While its name may have changed, its epic sights, enchanting culture, and rich history continue to ensure its reputation as a crown jewel of Latin America. And when you visit with Azamara®, you can conquer Lima in your own unique way with our immersive on shore experiences—like exploring the ancient Inca city of Machu Picchu with our pre- and post-voyage excursion packages.
Lima is rich with museums that shed light on Peru’s storied past. Begin by visiting the National Museum of Archaeology, Anthropology, and History of Peru to discover over 100,000 artifacts spanning the entire recorded history of the country. Or, make your way to the historic city center (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) where you’ll find the Balconies of Lima. These iconic wooden galleries are synonymous with the city and highlight the Lima’s Moorish and Spanish influences. Elsewhere in Lima’s historic center, you’ll find a treasure trove of monuments and historic buildings, including the stunning Spanish Colonial Basilica Cathedral.
Lima is also known for its eclectic culinary scene, which merges European, Asian, and Andean influences to create a style distinct to the region. Don’t miss your opportunity to dig in to Lima’s most famous lunchtime dish—cebiche—which is made from raw fish cured in citrus juices with a rich tapestry of spices. Pair your meal with an Inka Cola and while away the afternoon just like the locals do. Once you’ve recharged, explore the chic Miraflores District and do some upscale shopping at Larcomar overlooking the Pacific coast.
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