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Where to stay in Lima

What is the best area to stay in Lima?

If we want to stay in the capital of Peru , the best areas are the districts of San Isidro and Miraflores These two adjacent districts are home to the best hotels of the city and are considered the safest .

The district of San Isidro is the financial center of Lima and one of the main financial centers of Latin America, where families of high socioeconomic level live. It has the best parks of the city, like the Olivar Park, declared National Monument in 1959, big commercial centers, theaters, art galleries, restaurants and discos that make the district also attractive for the tourist.There you can also find the best Peruvian social clubs, such as the Lima Golf Club and the Real Club de Lima, and the best hotels (including the Westin Libertador Hotel, which is the tallest building in the city).

The district of Miraflores is adjacent to the district of San Isidro towards the sea.It is the second richest district of Lima after San Isidro and has the attraction of being located next to the sea. Apart from the sea, the main tourist attractions of Miraflores are the Huaca Pucllana, Central Park, Larcomar shopping center and the Gold Museum of Peru.

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San Isidro and Miraflores, the best areas to stay in Lima

San Isidro

The district of San Isidro is the financial center of Lima and one of the main financial centers of Latin America , where families of high socioeconomic level live.It has the best parks in the city , like the Olivar Park , declared National Monument in 1959 , big shopping centers , theaters , art galleries , restaurants and nightclubs that make the district also attractive to tourists.There you can also find the best Peruvian social clubs , like the Lima Golf Club and the Real Club de Lima , and the best hotels (including the Westin Libertador Hotel , which is the highest building in the city).

Stay in Miraflores

The Miraflores district is contiguous to the San Isidro district towards the sea.It is the second richest district of Lima after San Isidro and has the attraction of being located next to the sea. Apart from the sea, the main tourist attractions of Miraflores are the Huaca Pucllana, Central Park, Larcomar shopping center and the Gold Museum of Peru.

Huaca Pucllana is an archaeological site belonging to the culture of the country and one of the references of Lima, built almost entirely of adobe and filled with pebbles and sand, Huaca Pucllana consists of a pyramid 25 meters high and a set of courtyards and squares located northeast of it.

The Central Park of Miraflores , also known as Kennedy Park , is an immense space full of life in which artists , musicians and painters meet and where you can taste typical products , like the famous rice pudding and purple corn.

Larcomar shopping center , with a privileged view of the Pacific Ocean , is one of the most visited shopping centers in the country, with an area of almost 45.000 square meters , has 155 shops , 12 movie theaters , restaurants and discos , being a regular meeting place for people of all ages.

With eight rooms, the Sala Museo Oro del Peru exhibits pre-Columbian objects made of gold and other precious metals from the pre-Incan cultures of the north of the country, allowing visitors to admire the beauty and complexity of pre-Columbian art, as well as its symbolic and sacred value.

The historical center of Lima, the other recommended area for accommodation

In addition to these two internationally recognized districts, the historical center of Lima has a number of accommodations that will meet the needs of visitors and also brings together the best examples of colonial architecture of the Andean country.A good starting point to discover the Peruvian capital is the Plaza Mayor, located in the heart of the city.It is said that the Plaza Mayor was designed by the conquistador Francisco Pizarro and currently houses the Government Palace, the Basilica Cathedral of Lima, the Archbishop’s Palace, the Municipal and the Club de la Union.

Of these emblematic monuments, the most representative is the Cathedral Basilica of Lima, the origin of the foundation of the city by the aforementioned discoverer.It was around 1775 that the Cathedral acquired its present form, that of an imposing and solemn construction that delights any visitor with its Renaissance style façade with plateresque decorations and its high neo-classical towers with stylistic influences from the Escorial school and Northern Europe.

Also worth a detailed visit is the Archbishop’s Palace, inaugurated less than a century ago, in 1924, which stands out for its exceptional balconies, and which is directly connected to the Cathedral through an orange tree courtyard.

To reach the Plaza San Martín, a must, you must cross the Jirón de la Unión, a street that for years has been the most important in Lima and the meeting place of the aristocracy who lived there. Although today it is not, it still maintains that ostentatious condition and in 2013 was elected the sixth most expensive street in Latin America by Colliers International, the leading organization in international real estate services.

After crossing it, we arrive at San Martin Square, a reference point in the city, which has beautiful gardens, old water fountains and unique bronze lanterns that give it a special air.Inaugurated in 1921, on the occasion of the centenary of Peru’s independence, the square is surrounded by the Teatro Colón and the Giacoletti building, built in 1914 in the Art Nouveau style.

The Park of the Wall, located on the left bank of the Rimac River and inaugurated 10 years ago, in November 2004, preserves the recently discovered remains of the wall that surrounded Lima during its colonial period and was built at the end of the 17th century.

The Galería Mercado Central, the largest shopping center in the Peruvian capital and the country, is a good option for a stroll and a few purchases in the many shops that are located there, as well as the multicultural and picturesque Chinatown, which has emerged from the significant influx of population from the Asian giant.Here you can find the best Chinese restaurants (which Peruvians call chifas), characterized by combining sweet and salty flavors and have become a great attraction for those who enjoy oriental food.

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