If you are visiting the old Spanish city of Lima for the very first time, there are so many exciting places you would love to visit in the city and have good fun. The city of Lima is home to ancient cultures even before it was taken over by the Spanish so there are so many inviting sites which have a mix of the past and the present. The city is filled with old colonial buildings, museums and very few contemporary buildings. There are so many other sites where you can learn about the pre-Columbian cultures, eat tasty Peruvian delicacies and even enjoy a stroll along the rich sands of the beach. We bring to you the top places where you would love to see on a visit to Peru.
The Lima Cathedral
One of the exciting places to visit in Lima is the Lima Cathedral, an architectural masterpiece that represents a blend of the Baroque and neoclassic style. The construction of the cathedral kick started in 1535 and expanded over the years. The construction plans and styles where change several after various earthquake attacks on the cathedral. Centuries later, the cathedral was demolished entirely and a new one was built. The cathedral has 13 chapels with saints, apostles and holy bodies carved into the choir stalls, the main altar is gold-plated. You will get the chance to see the tomb of Francisco Pizarro, the Spanish explorer who discovered the city as he was buried in the cathedral. The cathedral is even more glorious at night with so many candle lights and beautiful sceneries.
The Huaca Pucllana
If you love to see ancient monuments, then you should not fail to visit the Huaca Pucllana. This is one of the choice places to visit in Lima as it is considered one of the most important monuments in Lima.
The Huaca Pucllana is located in Miraflores and was built around 500 BC. The adobe pyramid was later covered up and left unnoticed up until the mid-20th century when archaeologists dug up the pyramids. The Huaca Pucllana is believed to be one of the administrative and ceremonial centres for the early Lima culture. Various artefacts have been found in the pyramids such as textiles, ceramics and animal remains. It is believed that human sacrifices took place at this old historical site. The Huaca Pucllana comprises of the pyramid and a small museum where the artefacts are stored.
The Parque De La Reserva
Hidden in the city is the Parque de la Reserva which is largest fountain complex in the world (according to the genius book of record). This park is lovely during the day but is transformed into and magnificent water, light and sound display at night. The combination of laser lights and slow country music transforms the water fountain into a magical eruption of water that constantly marvels tourists, leaving them awed by the feeling of magic. You cannot afford to miss out on visiting this fountain during your stay in Lima.
Whenever you touch down at Lima, be sure to visit these three places because it is guaranteed that you will have a good time and learn a lot about this ancient city.