The historic center of Lima is known as Centro de Lima. This district represents the oldest part of the city and is home to many of the main governmental institutions of the country. The area is noted for its impressive architecture, with buildings ranging from the 17th century and below. It also has some of the oldest bars in the city. Attractions include:
In historical times the main plaza, known as the Plaza de Armas, was the heart of the city. Today it is still a vibrant meeting place where you can find people from around the world. The Plaza is surrounded by the Presidential Palace, the Cathedral of Lima, and City Hall.
Church and Monastery of San Francisco
This is a church and monastery dating from the 17th century. Its cloisters, catacombs, paintings, and library give you an idea of religious life during colonial times. It is located between Lampa and Ancash avenues, two blocks from the Plaza de Armas.
Plaza San Martin
This plaza is connected to the Plaza de Armas by a promenade called Jiron de la Union. The plaza was inaugurated in 1921 to celebrate 100 years of Peruvian independence from Spain. Over the years, this has become a major center for nightlife, with a good selection of bars, pubs, and nightclubs.
Parque de la Reserva
Lima has a host of neighborhood parks, and green spaces, but the Parque de la Reserva is special. This park is replete with lighted fountains and broad expanses of lush grassy lawns. We recommend going at night to fully appreciate the wonderful sounds and light shows produced by these massive fountains.