Lima
Peru
By Lauren Kmec

Dubbed “the City of Kings” by its founder, Spanish explorer Francisco Pizarro, in 1535, Lima is now the capital of Peru, as well as the country’s largest city and a major financial hub. After Pizarro’s men invaded the continent in the 16th century, Lima rose to prominence in Spain’s South American empire and eventually became the capital of Peru after the Peruvian War of Independence in 1821. Though Peru’s capital seems like a natural tourist destination, many visitors overlook this city in favor of the more rustic atmosphere of the Andes. But this is a mistake, as Lima boasts a number of wonderful sites and cultural events that are sure to please even the most seasoned travelers.

WhatsCheaper.com encourages you to visit Lima on your next vacation. Flights to Lima arrive at Jorge Chávez International Airport (LIM), Peru’s largest airport, located just 11 kilometers from the city center. Book your flight with WhatsCheaper.com by following this link (http://www.whatscheaper.com/flight.php). WhatsCheaper.com can also assist you in finding the perfect accommodations to meet your travel needs; click here (http://www.whatscheaper.com/hotel.php) to browse our full range of hotel offerings.

For your first stop, WhatsCheaper.com highly recommends the Historic Centre of Lima, which has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1988. Though Lima is not particularly known for its architecture, the Historic Centre features some fine examples of Spanish colonial-era design. Here you will find a number of historic homes, including the House of Aliaga, the oldest mansion in Lima. Additionally, the center of Lima boasts several houses of worship, the best known of which is the Basilica Cathedral (aka the Cathedral of Lima), where Pizarro’s ashes have been kept since his death in 1541. The Basilica Cathedral sits on the Plaza Mayor, the main square in the city center. On the square’s north side lies the regal Palacio de Gobierno (the Government Palace), rebuilt in 1938 and now serving as the official home of the President of Peru. Note that tours of the palace must be arranged at least one day in advance of your visit. Be sure to catch the changing of the guard, which takes place outside the palace daily at noon.

Because there is so much to see in Lima’s Historic Centre, WhatsCheaper.com can’t help but suggest a few more highlights, including the Archbishop of Lima’s Palace and the famous Altar of Peruvian Saints at the Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary. Additionally, we invite you to explore the National University of San Marcos, Peru’s most respected institution of higher learning and the oldest continually functioning university in the Americas. Finally, the magnificent Palacio de Torre Tagle—with its carved wooden balconies, intricate decorative tile work, and gilded 16th century carriage—is certainly worth seeing.  Constructed in 1735 for the First Marquis of Torre Tagle, today the palace houses Peru’s Foreign Ministry. Unfortunately, tourists are not permitted to enter the palace, but they can relax in the courtyard and take in the captivating view.

Unbeknownst to most first-time visitors, Lima is a hotbed of fascinating museums. WhatsCheaper.com encourages you to visit the Museo de Oro del Peru (the Gold Museum of Peru), where you can see Peru’s most sought-after treasures, which made Spain a very rich nation in the 16th century. In addition to gold coins and artifacts, the museum features an impressive collection of weapons, textiles, and military uniforms. We also recommend the Museo de la Nacion (aka the National Museum), which is located in San Borja, a suburb of Lima. This museum contains a vast anthropological and archaeological collection, highlighting Peru’s history dating back to its earliest indigenous inhabitants. The display of traditional peasant costumes is particularly interesting. Other museums of interest are the Spanish Inquisition Museum and the Museum of Italian Art, Peru’s only collection of European art.

Finally, WhatsCheaper.com suggests an outing to Cerro San Cristóbal, a volcano-shaped hillside in Lima’s Rímac district where locals come to pray at the gigantic illuminated cross. On a clear day, the view from the summit is spectacular; you can see all the way from the Pacific Ocean to the Andes.

Though Lima is often passed by in favor of “sexier” destinations, its charm, historical significance, and rich cultural traditions are not to be missed. So let WhatsCheaper.com help you plan your next trip to Lima today!

MUST SEE IN Lima LIST:

  • 1. Saint Francis Cathedral
  • 2. Larco Museum
  • 3. Caral
  • 4. Amano Museum
  • 5. Plaza San Martin
  • 6. Parque de las Leyendas
  • 7. Parque del Amor
  • 8. Casa de la Literatura Peruana
  • 9. Pachacamac Ruins
  • 10. Larcomar Shopping Center

Lima EVENT CALENDAR:

  • 1. Anniversary of Lima's Fountain - January
  • 2. National Marinera Contest - January
  • 3. Carnival Season - February
  • 4. Fiesta de la Vendimia de Surco - March
  • 5. Peruvian Jazz Festival - April
  • 6. Festival of the Crosses - May
  • 7. Festival of the Sun - June
  • 8. Feast of Santa Rosa de Lima - August
  • 9. Virgin of the Rosary Festival - October
  • 10. Battle of Ayacucho Re-Enactment - December

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Westin Lima Hotel and Convention Center
Calle Las Begonias 450 Lima 27, Peru
By Jamie Nicholson

Check-in at the Westin Lima Hotel and Convention Center begins each day at 3 p.m. The place is located in the center of Lima’s financial district and less than ten miles from the J Chavez International Airport (LIM). Paid covered parking and valet parking are available, and dogs under a certain weight are welcome to stay for a fee.

Every room at the Westin Lima Hotel includes a Westin Heavenly Bed, a large desk and a 37-inch LCD television. Wireless internet is available for a fee. Each marble bathroom has a Heavenly Shower and a separate bathtub. Upgrading from a deluxe room to a grand deluxe room means gaining a walk-in closet, a larger desk and a Jack Pack, as well as a view among the higher floors. Suites offer more space, including a living room, along with a larger LCD television (42 inches). Whether it’s in a Westin Executive Club Room, an executive suite, a one-bedroom suite or renewal suite, guests in these rooms can reap the benefits of a Westin Executive Club membership in the higher levels of the hotel. Those staying in the presidential suite can enjoy the view from the top floor, a mini-gym and a Jacuzzi tub, in addition to the typical amenities.

The Westin Lima Hotel offers a Heavenly Spa by Westin, complete with a beauty salon, where guests can enjoy treatments with natural ingredients. Bath and body treatments are both available, as well as an array of massages and skin care services. The hotel also offers spa packages. For guests who prefer more conventional hotel relaxation and entertainment, a heated indoor pool will not disappoint. The Westin Executive Club Lounge on the 29th floor provides each member and one guest free of charge with a place to mingle and enjoy the view or order drinks from the bar. The lounge also offers a continental breakfast and happy hour, as well as complimentary wireless internet. This lounge provides a truly unique experience to Westin club members.  

Guests will not want their stay at the Westin Lima Hotel and Convention Center to end, but when that time does come, they can check out at noon. Follow this link to WhatsCheaper.com to learn more about booking a stay at this hotel (http://www.whatscheaper.com/hotel.php).

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Sheraton Lima Hotel & Convention Center
Paseo de la Republica 170, Lima, Peru
By Sandy O'Neal

When your stay in Lima, Peru begins at the Sheraton, you will find yourself immersed in contemporary Peruvian tradition surrounded by a city with an intriguing history.  The hotel is conveniently located at the entrance of the historic center.  If you are traveling to the area by air, the hotel is just 8 miles from the Chavez International Airport.

There are 431 spacious and luxurious guest rooms and suites.  Non-smoking rooms are available.  Many rooms offer a spectacular view if the city.  All guest rooms feature high speed internet access with wireless capabilities.

The hotel accommodates both the leisure traveler and business traveler with the new Link@Sheraton.  This communal lounge area is equipped with a TV and modern internet enabled workstations.  Guests can stay connected with friends, family, and business associates.  It’s a great place to relax and surf the internet, or grab a cup of coffee and read a newspaper.

Throughout the grounds of the hotel guests will find an array of recreational opportunities.  You can spend some leisure time enjoying a refreshing swim in the Neptune pool.  You may want to relieve the stress of the day by scheduling a relaxing massage, or enjoying a steam bath or sauna.  You are sure to keep up your exercise and fitness during your stay by enjoying a game of tennis on the lighted courts, or with a visit to the fitness center.

The hotel is well equipped for hosting your group meeting or corporate event.  If wedding bells are ringing, the hotel is a perfect setting for your magical night.

There are two restaurants right on-site for your dining pleasure.   You can enjoy traditional Peruvian cuisine at La Cu’pula.  Lunch buffet is available in an elegant and timeless atmosphere.  You can enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner at Las Palmeras restaurant which is situated in the lobby.  Here you can savor Peruvian and International cuisines which are prepared with fresh seasonal ingredients.  The Kero Bar is a great place to reconnect with friends and family at the end day, and enjoy an appetizer while sipping your favorite beverage.

All in all, the Sheraton in Lima, Peru is an excellent choice and comes highly recommended by WhatsCheaper.com.  Booking your next stay is only a click away (http://www.whatscheaper.com/hotel.php). 

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El Pardo DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel
Independencia 141 Miraflores, Lima, Peru
By Jaclyn Bealer

On your next trip to Lima, Peru, WhatsCheaper.com encourages you to book a room at The Doubletree El Pardo by Hilton Hotel. This full-service hotel is located in the heart of Miraflores, the most cosmopolitan district of Peru’s capital city. Only 30 minutes from the Lima International Airport and 10 minutes from Lima's historical and colonial downtown area, this hotel’s prime location is sure to provide you with endless opportunities to embrace the city. When you arrive, sample the "Pisco Sour," the national welcome drink at the hotel bar. Check in is at 3 p.m.

The hotel features 150 newly renovated and redecorated rooms and suites, all offering their signature Sweet Dreams® bed program by Doubletree for a luxurious night's rest. Choose from Standard rooms that feature one double, King, or Queen bed, or two double beds. If you’re looking for more space, the hotel offers Senior Suites (including Presidential Suite) and Junior suites. All rooms comes with access to the complimentary wireless high-speed Internet as well as the two-level fitness center and indoor pool with a sundeck and spectacular city views.

Have a true South American experience when you visit the hotel’s Peruvian cuisine buffet for lunch and then nightly dinner folklore life shows with dancers from the Peruvian coast and the Andean regions at the JUNIUS Restaurant. Interested in more international specialties? The in-house Zuma Restaurant offers Peruvian, Italian, and many other eclectic foods.

WhatsCheaper.com encourages you to explore the Miraflores' Central Square, only three blocks from the hotel. The area boasts some of the best department stores as well as an open-air "Indio" and popular crafts market. Be sure to check out Kennedy Park and all of its outdoor activities. If you’re looking for an oceanic escape, the hotel is only eight blocks from the Pacific coast. While you’re there, stop at the Larcomar Entertainment Center to see its chic boutiques, restaurants, and bars.

Whether you’re in Peru for business or leisure, The Doubletree El Pardo by Hilton Hotel in Lima offers the perfect location and amenities for your next trip to South America. Check out is at 12 p.m. To book your room with WhatsCheaper.com, just click this link (http://www.whatscheaper.com/hotel.php).

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Hotel Novotel Lima
Av Victor A Belaunde 198 San Isidro District 15073, Peru
By Jennie O'Connor

Lima is the second largest desert capital in the world, belying its “Garden City” moniker as well as its tranquil parks, garden oases and golf courses. From nowhere are you better suited to take advantage of all this destination has to offer than Hotel Novotel Lima. Located less than 15 miles from Jorge Chavez International Airport in San Isidro, the hotel is nestled among the exclusive shops and inviting cafes of Lima’s bustling financial district. Complimentary features include private, on-site parking and Wi-Fi throughout the property. With flexible checkout times on Sunday—as late as 5 p.m.—your needs will be more than accommodated.

Of the hotel’s 208 rooms, 178 are non-smoking and all feature a King bed, sofa bed and separate work space, as well as satellite TV, internet access, and coffee or tea service. The two, 2-bedroom suites are the picture of contemporary luxury, with two flat screen TVs, bathrobes, and a spacious bathroom outfitted with telephone and hair dryer. Round the clock room service and minibar ensure guests can satisfy cravings no matter what the hour.

Making use of the natural light to infuse the space with serenity, the Novotel Lima’s amenities are pleasing indeed. Aside from a fitness center, heated swimming pool and sauna, the hotel offers massage and salon services for an additional fee. International cuisine is served at the terraced restaurant, Lumiere, and the musical entertainment at Le Bar makes it tempting to never leave the hotel.

Families will enjoy the hotel’s video game area and can take advantage of the Novotel’s special family tourist guide, including travel tips and the Kids’voyage guidebooks, designed to educate your little travelers about Peru. Business travelers will also find the hotel outfitted for convenience, with seven meeting rooms, a business center with fax, copy and print services, and on-site coordinators to take care of the details. No matter what your ultimate reason for visiting Lima, you deserve to treat yourself to the indulgence of Hotel Novotel Lima. Let WhatsCheaper.com help with booking your reservation by clicking this link (http://www.whatscheaper.com/hotel.php).

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