Lima : The Capital of Peru Known as the City of Kings

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Lima is the capital city of Peru that could be found in the valleys of the Rimac, Chillon, and Lurin rivers. It was founded on January 18, 1535, by Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro. Being a historically rich city, Lima has become a haven of stunning attractions which are worth sightseeing. On this article, we have identified ten of the best sightseeing attractions in Lima.

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1. Museo Larco

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Our first sightseeing destination in Lima, Peru is the Museo Larco, formally called as the Museo Arqueológico Rafael Larco Herrera. This is a museum that showcases pre-Columbian art, displaying chronological galleries that offer an in-depth overview of Peruvian pre-Columbian history that spans 4,000 years. It is also known for its gallery that exhibits pre-Columbian erotic pottery. The Museo Larco is found in an 18th-century vice-royal building that has been built over a 7th-century pre-Columbian pyramid. When you are sightseeing in Lima, this is the first places that you have to visit.

2. Circuito Magico del Agua

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The Circuito Magico del Agua, known in English as the Magic Water Circuit, is a series of illuminated fountains that is built within the Parque de la Reseva, a historical park in Lima. Due to its beauty and its magnificence, this fountain has become one of the staple attractions which sightseeing tourists could visit in Lima. Tourists could stroll around the park while watching a bunch of fountains dance and illuminate the night. It is open from 3:00 PM to 10:30 PM every Wednesday to Sunday. There is a small entrance fee needed before entry.

3. Miraflores

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The Miraflores is a district that could be found in Lima, Peru. It is an exclusive residential and shopping district of the city, and it is considered to be the most affluent district in the whole of Lima. It was founded on January 2, 1857 as San Miguel de Miraflores. After the War of the Pacific, Miraflores was recognized as the Heroic City, or Ciudad Heroica. At present, you could find a lot of things when sightseeing in the district. These include cafes, restaurants, shops, pubs, and hotels.

4. Museo del Automovil Coleccion Nicolini

The Museo del Automovil Coleccion Nicolini, also known in English as the Nicolini Auto Museum, is an open door car museum that could be found in Lima, Peru. For over 14 years, the museum has exhibited classic and vintage vehicles from various periods of time. Additionally, they also buy old vehicles depending on the year and the model of the car. They are restored and then displayed for the pleasure of locals and sightseeing tourists. Not only car enthusiasts would enjoy sightseeing around the museum but also tourists who want to know more about cars.

5. Gran Teatro Nacional

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Our next sightseeing destination in Lima is the Gran Teatro Nacional, also known in English as the Grand National Theater of Peru. This is a concert hall and a multi-purpose theater that is part of the Cultural Tridium of Lima, the others being the Museo de la Nacion and the National Library of Peru. The said theater could occupy up to 1,500 people. It uses the latest technology in sound engineering and acoustics in order to support performances that range from philharmonic orchestra concerts to Broadways shows and opera.

6. Nor Yauyos-Cochas Landscape Reserve

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The Nor Yauyos-Cochas Landscape Reserve, known in Spanish as the Reserva Paisajistica Nor Yauyos-Cochas, is a protected area located in the Lima region in Peru. It lies with the centreal Andean wet puna and the Peruvian Yungas ecoregions. When sightseeing around the reserve, you will be able to see various attractions such as the Qaqa Mach'ay, the highest surveyed cave in the world, and the sima Pumaqucha, one of the deepest caves in South America. You will also be able to see archeological sites within the reserve including the Pirqa Pirqa, Qutu Qutu, and the Wamanmarka.

7. The Amano Pre-Columbian Textile Museum

The Amano Pre-Columbian Textile Museum is one of the oldest institutions in Lima that is dedicated to protect the textile heritage of the country. It houses one of the most complete collections of pre-Columbian textiles wchile span various cultures including Paracas, Inca, Moche, and Chavin, among others. When sightseeing around the museum, you will not only be discovering different textiles, but you will be able to discover new cultures and traditions that span periods and generations. This textile museum is a worthy destination when you are sightseeing in Lima.

8. Iglesia de las Nazarenas

The Iglesia de las Nazarenas is a Roman Catholic church that could be found in Lima, Peru. It is the place of the Peruvian Catholic procession of Señor de los Milagros, the Lord of Miracles, who is the patron of the city. It was built together with the Monastery of Nazarenas in the year 1771. This is the place where the most important religious procession in America took place. An excellent place for sightseeing and of worship, tourists and locals need to stop by Iglesia de las Nazarenas when you are in Lima.

9. Museo de Arte de Lima

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The Museo de Arte de Lima, known in English as the Lima Art Museum, is an art museum that could be found in Lima, specifically at the Palacio de la Exposicion. It is home to an array of collections which include textiles and ceramics. Since its establishment in 1961, the Museo de Arte de Lima has risen to be one of the best sightseeing destinations in Lima. For art enthusiasts and sightseeing tourists, you should stop by this destination when you are in Lima, Peru.

10. Parque El Olivar

The last sightseeing destination on our list is the Parque El Olivar, known in English as the Olive Grove Park. This is a calm and exhilarating destination in Lima that would allow sightseeing tourists and locals to just relax and enjoy the environment. At present, there are more than 1,600 olive trees that are planted across 57 acres of the original olive grove. In 1959, the Parque El Olivar was declared as a Peruvian National Monument. Locals would come to the place to sit, talk, and walk. Others bring their dogs and have a stroll around the park.

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The city of Lima has not been dubbed as the City of Kings for nothing. Its rich culture and its stunning attractions make it a city which is worth sightseeing. The next time you go to Peru, do not fail to visit its capital city, Lima.