Once known as the ‘City of the Kings’, Lima is a fantastic cruise port for passengers to enjoy a myriad of elegance and historical attractions. The city exudes character with its historic centre and dramatic archaeological trail. Franciso Pizarro once labelled these landscapes inhospitable but the city of Lima proved the great conquistador wrong and went on to become one of the leading centre for imperial Spanish power, hence the aforementioned title. Forty viceroys went on to rule here as representatives sent under direct orders from the King of Spain. It was in 1821 that independence was realised by Lima and the city became the capital of Peru. Callao is the port of call here for the capital and welcomes passengers to a vibrant and glorious city. Here you have the pleasure of exploring the charming colonial style buildings and grand Baroque churches.
There are many excursion choices when visiting Lima especially for passengers looking for a comprehensive tour of the city. The heart of the colonial architecture here beats at the Plaza Major, a refurbished square in the centre of the city. From here you can explore the sublime buildings and venture to the exquisite Cathedral before making a visit to the Archbishop’s Palace. Continue to another popular attraction, the 7th century San Francisco Monastery for an insight into the historical elements of the area. The Monastery is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and remains one of the most cherished in Peru. It’s collection of centuries old texts maintain its profound place in the hearts of the locals. Alternatively head out towards the city suburbs, especially Isidro and Miraflores to experience truly breath-taking views out over the Pacific Ocean, perfect for that picture postcard memory.
For a thriving experience of bustling Lima head to the Indian Market and navigate your way through an abundance of treasurable items from all over Peru. Here you will discover a superb array of artisan products from gold and silver to textiles. This is also a great place to find the perfect souvenir. Paintings and Inca handicrafts really are special here, not forgetting the magnificent collection of woodcarvings.
One of the most popular places to visit when cruising into Lima is the Gold Museum. Here you will find an incredible collection of Peru’s most precious gold, silver and copper artifacts. This is one of Peru’s largest collections and has been amassed over a lifetime by Miguel Mujica Gallo, a late Peruvian diplomat. The Gold Museum has so much to see and the range of pre-Inca and Inca gold is quite astounding as well as the many ceremonial objects, weaponry and military uniforms.
Heading south of the city, another exciting excursion opportunity here is to take in the ruins of Pachcamac. You will take a trip along the Pacific coast before arriving at Lurin Valley, which covers 4 square miles. Here you will take in the many temples and adobe buildings and learn more about the remains of the Sun God’s temple.
Sights to be seen from Lima cruises really are exceptional. Take in the bronze fountain in the Plaza de Armas, the Presidential Palace and even the enchanting mosaics at Pizarro’s Cathedral. Each of the city’s uniquely charming neighbourhoods provides something different with something for all to enjoy. Whether you wish to explore the incredible history of the city, delve deeper into the bohemia of wealthy Barranca or enjoy the delightful bars, cafes and restaurants, Lima is a fabulous port of call.