Peru’s capital, while not the most appealing of cities, does offer stately colonial architecture, fascinating museums of Peru’s empirical; history and world-class dining.
If you want to see ancient Peruvian art and artifacts then MALI and LARCO are Lima’s two must-see museums. While LARCO is a 15-minute cab ride from anywhere, MALI is easy to visit on a walk around the colonial centre.
There’s a lot to see – with more than 7,000 pieces dating from the time of the Paracas desert people in 800BC (ancestors of the Nazca civilisation) to the present day. There’s some fabulous indigenous-painted Cusco art and the collection is housed in a lavish art-nouveau-meets-neoclassical palace sitting in shady, lawned gardens.
Among the museum’s highlights is a collection of amazingly preserved 2,800-year-old weavings from Paracas.
Getting there & doing it
The museum is located just to the southwest of the historic centre, in Exposition Park. English-speaking guides are available for a small additional fee.
There’s an arty cafe restaurant serving snack foods and decent coffee.
When to do it
Open all year round, Tuesday-Sunday. Closed Monday.
Destination guides including or relevant to this experience
A land of spectacular deserts, high mountains and rainforests that teem with wildlife, Peru is also home to an array of dramatically situated pre-Colombian ruins, including Machu Picchu.