Lima • Peru
Lima is the capital of Peru and its largest city. Founded in 1535, the city is a mix of the modern megacity with some ‘islands of modernity’, large but orderly slum areas and colonial architecture in the city centre. Lima was the seat of the Spanish rule during 300 years, and as such it has wonderful churches, cloisters and monasteries.
Lima is also the best place to try the wonderful Peruvian cuisine, which has a huge variety of ingredients from coast, mountain and Amazon regions. The cold sea current in front of Peru‘s large coast makes the sea very rich in fish and seafood, which have a great taste due to the special plankton they eat.
Many people have migrated from the Andes mountains to find work in Lima, without success. For this reason, there is widespread poverty in the city centre and in the peripheral areas.
Be warned though that in the winter months (May-September) the city is often shrouded in a grey mist or cloud, but it is warm enough to still enjoy and feels nothing like winter. Personally, it was the food that really impressed me, and for that alone, I would return enjoy another plate of fresh ceviche.