The Peru capital, founded by Francisco Pizarro, a Spanish conquistador, is the second most populous city in Americas. But for most tourists, including us, Lima is a stop over on the way to Machu Picchu. Our visit was short, so we only saw the historic center and the upscale shopping district of Miraflores. We stayed in Sheraton Lima Hotel & Convention Center just walking distance Historic center of Lima.


The Historic Centre of Lima is UNESCO World Heritage Site and is most visited place for tourists and visitors. There are 1600 balconies on structures and buildings on the plaza built throughout the Lima's history. When strolling around Lima, you should definitively try the street food. From wonderful sandwiches with avocado and cheese, to watermelons and other fruit, it's wonderful taking a break, sitting at the plaza, and watching people go by.


The most notable buildings are Archbishop Palace, Cathedral of Lima, House of Oidor, House of Pilatos (one of the oldest house in Lima), Government Palace or House of Pizarro, Torre Tagle Palace, House of Aliaga, 


You can also go to Miraflores- it is a fun district  full of hotels, cafes, pubs, restaurants and shops. As you are walking by the ocean, be sure to stop at the Parque del Amor (Love Park) and see a beautiful sculpture "El Beso" (the Kiss) by Victor Deflin. If you are coming there with your partner, you will probably come back with many photos of the two of you kissing in front of the sculpture. Cute pic, but probably not worthy of canvas on print.