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  • Lima

    From the circle in Lima, walk down Larco towards the sea. At the end - look to your left one block, and you will see the apartment where I had the Penthouse for my stay in Lima. Fantastic view over the city and the ocean as well as being quite a Party Paddy. Lima was all one could ask for as regards Nightlife - Gourmet dining and Beautiful Women. I DO Miss it.

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  • LimaCommunity ManagerPro 2014
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    This is perhaps my favorite city in the world. Don't get me wrong -- it has its quirks and rough spots. But like all good cities, there is life that thrives in all of the chaos. I have spent the better part of eight years convincing people to stay in Lima for a few days instead of just stopping over for a night on the way to Cusco. There are fabulous parks, fascinating historical sites and museums, and now a world-class restaurant scene that is attracting people from around the globe. Lima is developing at lightning speed, and every time I go back there is always something new and exciting to see.

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    Lima is not one of my favorite cities but it has a nice colonial-style historical centre and a very cool "Magic Water Tour". The Cuisine though is one of the best I've tried! The food is amazing!

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  • LimaPro 2014
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    Lima is an ever cloudy underestimated city. It's rarely considered a destination when one goes to Peru, but it's gastronomy and restaurant scene makes it worth spending at least 4 days here, eating and drinking probably better than anywhere else in the world.

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  • Lima

    I love South America! The people, language, culture....and of course, so many natural wonders. I would want to base myself in Lima and travel the entire continent. I can get by with the Spanish that I know, but would love the opportunity to become immersed so I could leave speaking fluently.

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    After reading a lot of reviews about Lima, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to stay there even for a day. Maybe because I had fairly low expectations, I was actually pretty impressed with the sites that this city offers. To be honest, it’s not a city where you can step out of your hotel and just explore – you need to do some homework and know where you want to go and what you want to see. So, be prepared and explore – you will be pleasantly surprised, there is plenty to see.

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  • Lima

    Wished I had spent more time exploring Lima. Although the city feels more modern, there are wonderful historical aspects to be discovered. The busy city is sure to keep visitors busy.

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  • Lima

    Lima is a wonderfullplace. good food, good poeple, good weather, good life;-) I love Lima. so many good places to eat. so many places for taking nice pictures.so many places to visit. if one day you guys go to Lima peru. Dont forget to visit places like Pachacamac, Paracas, Ica, the nasca lines, Machu Pichu.

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  • Lima

    I went to Lima without any plan, no expectations at all, My sister and I went there only because the ticket was cheap one week before my spring break. We were pleasantly surprised as we didn't expect much from this capital, thought it would be just like other big cities. It is hard to explain what made us like this city but there was an exciting vibe and energy. The food was excellent, I would say the best among all countries I have visited among South and Central America. I can see myself going back there again.

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  • LimaAmbassadorPro 2014
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    Lima is perched on a cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, for starters. Then add beaches, an incredible gastronomic scene that grows year by year, historical edifices, and ruins that have existed even before the Incas. What a great city...in my opinion it is too often overlooked by tourists.

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    One of South America's largest and most important cities. It has a wealth of colonial history, and has several great museums focused on Peru's precolombian past as well. Lima is also a great food city, with a wonderful variety of seafood. Before you leave make sure you have ceviche at least a couple of times.

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    This is a city very rich in culture, history and nice people.. though i would be cautious around some people this is a great city, some parts are similar to Los Angeles and some are more rural and destitute, but overall its a nice place

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  • LimaPro 2014
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    Lima, Peru was founded in the early 16th century by Francisco Pizarro, leader of the Spanish Conquistadores. The town is a seaport on the Pacific Ocean with a population of over eight million people. Lima was considered one of the great Latin American cities in the 19th century, but after years of political strife and economic malaise, the city lost a little of it's luster. It is making a comeback in the early 21st century, and I would recommend this city as somewhere interesting and nice to visit.

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    There is so much to explore in culture, history and gastronomy in Lima, this is one South American city that I could see myself (and have seen myself) returning multiple times. There is a very interesting energy and unique flair about this city that makes it so intriguing time and time again.

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  • Lima

    Great sites, food and people! Numerous sites to see. Many pyramids right within the city to visit. Can you say Pisco Sour? Don't forget to have at least one while you are there. Foodies-will love the many gastronomical offerings.

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    Vale la pena una visita, en especial para disfrutar de su excelente cocina que se destaca en toda America latina. El centro tiene numerosas edificaciones coloniales bellas y bien conservadas. no lleve paraguas pues nunca llueve.

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  • Lima

    I enjoyed Lima. It was the tail end of our trip to Peru. The food here is really world-class. I recommend researching neighborhood outside of Miraflores, which is where most of the tourists are. We stayed in Magdalena del Mar, which was not too far, but much more authentic.

    Eat at Tanta in Miraflores, though. Do it.

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  • Lima

    Do you know that Lima is the second biggest city in the world built in a desert?
    Well, there is a strange micro-climate in Lima and the city is almost constantly covered with gray low clouds. Besides some nice places around Plaza de Arams and the rich neighborhoods at the ocean I did not find any other interesting sites in Lima... Maybe it's because I like more natural sights instead of city, museums, etc...

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    This is a big city, without too many attraction. The best attraction is laser show in a park with fountains. Most of the people go to a market where they sell stollen staff from tourists. People go there to buy cheap electronics in order to return their stolen camera or buy someone else camera. I don't recommend to stay there more than 3 days.

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    Nice city, good museum, ...

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While many visitors pass through Lima on their way to Peru's other exquisite destinations -- Machu Picchu, the Peruvian Amazon, the Inca Trail, Lake Titicaca, Cuzco, et al -- the Peruvian capital is a grand and storied city well worth its own visit. The historic city is filled with treasures, from archaeological ruins and colonial architecture to hip nightclubs and sultry beaches. Start in the Plaza Mayor with a stroll past the city's colonial capital buildings to get a sense of the grandeur of this city. Visit history on a day trip to Pachacamac, a complex of Inca and pre-Inca temples in the forest. Or spend a day on the beach in Miraflores, where shopping, surfing, trendy hotels and seafood restaurants are highlights. Heralded as the "Gastronomical Capital of Latin America," Lima’s culinary scene shows off the best of Peruvian cuisine: ceviche or 'Chifa' (Peruvian-Chinese restaurants), topped off with Peru's famous cocktail, the Pisco Sour. Shop the enormous Central or Indo Markets for bargains on silver and Peruvian handcrafts. In Lima’s Barranco club district, you’ll never be short of partying options.

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