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An increasingly infectious capital. The heartbeat of Lima is more than just the rhythmic waves of the Pacific Ocean

Lima is home to a crazy collision of lives, buildings and history. Aptly nicknamed el pulpo, ‘the octopus’ is a sprawling city that keeps extending outwards. 

The landscape of Lima sees damp, foggy hilltop regions roll into a scorched city built on the ancient pyramids and temples of the desert. Expanding towards a plummeting cliffs’ edge, the windows of highrise condos reflect the setting sun over a modern metropolis worthy of marvel for its multiplicity. 

A UNESCO Heritage protected site, Lima’s Centro Historico was founded by Spanish conquistador Fransisco Pizarro in 1535. Yet the history of this city is not merely centred in its colonial past. 

Whilst the majestic wooden balconies and vibrant colours of 18th century architecture cut through the winter fog, the foundations of this city remain rooted in ancient traditions and folklore that is still integrated into the townscape today. 

In this city, time is lost as past civilizations can be rediscovered. Pre-Inca dwellings and places of worship coexist amongst the modern developments of Lima. A visit to huacas, ancient burial sites are an exciting contrast to the upmarket, increasingly developed seafront of Calleo and La Punta. 

Travelling further south of the city, Barranco is an intimate bohemian neighbourhood that offers a different kind of drama to the rest of Lima. Across the Puente de Los Suspiros, the Bridge of Sighs is a neighbourhood that never fails to enchant local Lime​​ños and travellers alike with captivating murals and quirky buildings. 

Barranco opens up onto the beachfront towards Punta Hermosa, a world famous surfing destination for those brave enough to tackle the Pacific Oceans’ breaks. The expanse of blue that was once a gateway for global commerce is now dotted with ever-optimistic ocean bobbers. 

Of course, with the dynamism of a city comes challenges. Yet crowds, traffic and pollution cannot detract from the fact that over a quarter of Peru’s entire population live in Lima.

This is the cultural centre of the country that is undeniably worthy of time and perseverance. 

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Best times to visit Lima

The nature of Peru's biodiversity means that its climates are incredibly varied depending on what regions you choose to visit. Due to its location on the Pacific, and its desert climate Lima's seasons are different to the rest of Peru. From December to April the winter fog in Lima lifts, whilst in Cusco and Machu Picchu rain is at its highest. 

Machu Picchu and many of the main trekking routes are closed in February. So, if it is only a couple of nights spent in the city, we recommend tailoring your trip to the 'main events' happening in the Sacred Valley, the Amazon or Lake Titicaca. Broadly, the best time to visit Machu Picchu is from May to September. A beautiful time to visit is following the annual rains in March and April, where the valleys are iridescent green - a spectacular time for birding. 

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