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Trip Guide to Evolving Lima, Peru

Coliena Rentmeester Jewelry designer Ester Ventura, in her shop in the Chorrillos neighborhood

Photo: Coliena Rentmeester

Lima is a modern metropolis with skyscrapers designed by internationally known architects like Hans Hollein and Arquitectonica. The city sprawls along new roadways lined with gigantic shopping malls, cineplexes, and Starbucks. But despite these developments, the peculiar mood of Lima persists: its unexpected rhythms, its air filled with the weight of humidity, the scent of its lush flowering trees, its extreme contrasts between affluence and poverty.

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Destinations: Peru · Lima

Inspired by: Lima Evolving — by Gabriella De Ferrari, Published Jan. 2006

Hotels (2)

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    Miraflores Park Hotel

    The hotel has one of the city’s best rooftop infinity pools and panoramic views of the Pacific from the private in-room balconies.

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    Sonesta Hotel El Olivar

    Surrounded by gnarled olive trees, this Sonesta hotel is located in a quiet residential neighborhood, just a 15-minute walk from Lima Golf Club and

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Restaurants (4)

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    Astrid y Gastón, Lima

    Praised as one of the world's most innovative chefs, Gastón Acurio has established outposts of his restaurants in Madrid and Santiago. In a colonia

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    Pescados Capitales

    A play on the Spanish phrase pecados capitales (deadly sins), this seafood restaurant replaces the word pecados (sins) with pescados (fish). In kee

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    Manos Morenas

    Housed in a 20th-century villa surrounded by landscaped gardens, Manos Morenos is both a traditional Creole restaurant and a lively peña folklórica

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    Restaurant Huaca Pucllana

    Situated in the upscale Miraflores district, this Peruvian restaurant is named for the 1,500-year-old archeological ruins located just outside its

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Activities (11)

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    Inka's Empire Tours

    The company arranges tours through Peru.

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    Orient-Express

    Claiming to be “curators of unique experiences,” Orient-Express is known for offering the most exclusive railway journeys in the world, and today t

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    Condor Travel

    The company arranges tours through peru.

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    Mercado Indio

    Bargain for clay vessels and ponchos at the sprawling daily market. This is the place to find deals on inexpensive souvenirs.



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    Museo Pedro de Osma

    The magnificent recently restored mansion of Don Pedro de Osma y Pardo is yet another place to see a rich variety of art and artifacts. Built aroun

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    La Catedral

    Baroque, solemn, and imposing, a relic of the time when the Spaniards used the might of religious architecture to seduce the natives into becoming

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    Iglesia de San Francisco

    A minor basilica and museum, this Lima Baroque church was inaugurated in 1672 and is best known for its large system of catacombs. Uncovered in 194

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    Helena's

    The store sells the Peruvian delicacy called teja, try the one made of candied lemons stuffed with dulce de leche and dipped in sugar.

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    Ester Ventura

    Ester Ventura sells intriguing gold and silver jewelry that incorporates seeds, weavings, seashells, coral, and pre-Columbian fragments.

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    Dédalo

    With pieces made from materials both expected (Amazonian wood carvings) and unusual (recycled tin-can mobiles), the emphasis here is on contemporar

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    Claudia Stern

    Claudia makes the most unusual necklaces, bracelets, and rings from velvet-covered wire twisted in strange shapes and dyed an amazing array of colo

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