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Lima was founded by Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro on January 18, 1535, as La Ciudad de los Reyes, or "The City of Kings." It has been an important city from the time it was founded and is the capital of Peru. Today around one-third of the Peruvian population lives in the metropolitan area.

We visited Lima from a cruise ship which was docked at the port - Callao. It wasn't always possible for us to tell when we went from Callao to the actual city of Lima because (as it is said in Wikipedia) "It forms a contiguous urban area with the seaport of Callao"

In South America, there are larger cities but the only larger CAPITAL city than Lima is Sao Paulo.

When we were there, it was the site of APEC Conference (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) which includes 21 Pacific Rim countries or regions (styled 'member economies') to discuss the regional economy, cooperation, trade and investment. President Bush attended this conference, and most of Peru seemed to be on lockdown while it was going on.

  • Last visit to Lima: Nov 2008
  • Intro Updated Sep 4, 2013
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  • starship's Profile Photo
    Sep 4, 2013 at 7:54 AM

    Must have been a very comprehensive tour of Lima as it is apparent how much you were able to see. Thanks for sharing so much info. and your photos! Will be in Lima next April.

  • JessH's Profile Photo
    May 24, 2009 at 9:58 PM

    Hi Rosalie. Wow! Hadn't realized that you'd been to Peru! I truly enjoyed reading your tips especially love the "crown of llamas"; haha! I hope to visit Peru one day; for now it's back to Scotland for me :-) Greetings from the hot-hot-hot desert / Jess

  • hindu1936's Profile Photo
    Feb 28, 2009 at 5:50 AM

    Thank for the very nice photos of the museums and churches and especially the tips on photography without the flash. Make the trip to Lima better with up to date info.

  • jumpingnorman's Profile Photo
    Feb 25, 2009 at 9:00 PM

    Hi Rosalie, nice Lima tips --- I wonder if they already repaired that chirch damage (big hole on cupola)...Nice picture you and yoour daughters by garage door...cute. Norman :)

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