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While somewhat overshadowed by the nearby ancient city of Machu Picchu, Lima has much to offer the intrepid traveller. Peru’s capital is rich in historic details of its own with pre-Columbian temples sharing space with Incan archaeological sites and colonial-era edifices. In the city centre, take the Jiron de la Union thoroughfare to Plaza Mayor for a contrast of the old and the new all at once with the beautiful Palacio Arzobispal building a stunning example of neo-colonial architecture with its signature enclosed wooden balconies.
The stepped ancient pyramid ruins of Huaca Pucllana are also wonderfully preserved in the picturesque and upscale Miraflores neighbourhood. The hilly coastline of this area offers panoramic views to be enjoyed from fine dining establishments and chic boutiques. Another ancient city close to Lima is the Incan pilgrimage site of Pachacamac with a plethora of pyramids, temples and plazas as well as an onsite museum.
The town of Cusco is the best place to access the mysterious wonders of Machu Picchu and the Lost City of the Incas and to trek the Inca Trail. Surrounded by the Andes and with the Peruvian Amazon, Lima also has beautiful beaches, especially in the bohemian enclave of Barranco, as well as the floating islands of nearby Lake Titicaca.