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Lima Vacation: Top Things To Do In Peru'S City Of Kings

Lima Vacation: Top Things To Do In Peru'S City Of Kings

When tourists plan a vacation to Peru they tend to skip over Lima. Instead of planning a Lima vacation they’ll look at Cuzco with Machu Picchu nearby, or the Amazon jungles of Iquitos to satisfy touristic curiosity. Lima isn’t even given a second thought. For tourists Lima is simply used as a stop-off point at the international airport before heading off to the more publicized attractions that Peru has to offer.

There is a fog that hangs over Lima for most of the year which seems to cover the tourist’s eyes from seeing what hides beyond. When a person gets past the smog and the bustle of nearly 10 million inhabitants on its crowded streets, one finds a gem of cultural history going back to times when the Inca Empire ruled the country and afterwards the Spanish conquistadors.

Lima was known to the Spaniards as the “City of Kings” and was the capital city of Spanish South America. The Incas made Lima a major part of their Empire, who had trading routes going from Cuzco to Lima. There are still colonial buildings and remnants of ancient civilizations in Lima. The city also offers a wide variety of Peruvian food, dance, theater, art and culture.

When planning a vacation to Peru consider taking a Lima vacation to experience another flavor of this mystical land.

There are two main areas in Lima that are of interest to the tourist:

Historic Center of Lima and Downtown Lima

The historic center of Lima is a UNESCO World Heritage site which includes a number of things of interest to the tourist. The Plaza de Armas, or Plaza Major (Main Square), is the central focus of Lima. This was a part of the Spanish Inquisition after Inca rule and is now a place to take a stroll and see the magnificent colonial architecture that the Historic Center has to offer. On the four sides of the Plaza de Armas stand the Presidential Palace, the Cathedral, the Archbishop’s Palace and City Hall. For a small fee you can be taken around the Square in a horse-pulled buggy.

Many of the old buildings have beautiful balconies that were once famously used by the Tapadas, the covered women of Lima, who elegantly wore clothing that covered everything but their eyes.

The Iglesia de San Francisco is a remarkable church that is most famous for the catacombs beneath it that hold the skeletal remains of 25,000 people who were laid to rest during the 16th and 19th centuries. No Lima vacation would be complete without a visit. The Museo de Arte has exhibits of ancient and modern Peruvian art.

Take a stroll just off the Plaza de Armas to discover a wide variety of restaurants offering some of the finest Peruvian cuisine, which is considered to be one of the best in the world holding several Guinness World Records. Handicraft stores sell a wide assortment of souvenirs at very reasonable prices and of high quality.

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Dubai City Tour in 24 Hours

Dubai City Tour in 24 Hours

If you are in the city for just a short visit, you may not be able to cover everything. But this does not mean that you cannot enjoy this beautiful city. Twenty-four hours may seem to be too less when it comes to sightseeing in the city of Dubai. However, if you time it right, you can see and do a lot of things in just one day.

Dubai City Tour in 24 Hours

How to Save Time Sightseeing in Dubai?

You would definitely look for ways to save time when you are in Dubai just for 24 hours. One way would be get into a 24 hours hop-in and hop-off bus. The hop-in and hop-off bus gives you the tour of all the important locations in Dubai and at the same time gives commentary of each of the places on the go. You get to choose from 12 different languages for the commentary. The best thing that if you find a place interesting, you can hop off the bus to explore it in detail and then hop on to the bus to continue your tour. Moreover, along with your tickets, you get complimentary passes for museums, dhow cruises, water bus tours, etc. So, you can decide what interests you the most and plan your tour accordingly. This is the ideal way to save your time as well as money.

Things Not to Miss in Dubai

While the bus tour is an interesting concept, you may be someone who likes to chart his or her own tour. If this is true in your case, you would like to know about the things you must not miss when in this lovely city. Here, we have come up with some of the places and activities that you should not miss in Dubai.

Dubai Mall

Dubai Shopping Mall

The Dubai Mall is the mother of all malls as it is largest not only in UAE but also in the entire world. Apart from being home to almost 1200 retail stores, the mall has a large food court, a host of entertainment options and a large aquarium and underwater zoo right inside the mall. While shopping in the mall is a delight, the aquarium is something you must definitely see, especially you have children with you. If you are in Dubai Mall during evening time, step out of the mall to enjoy the fountain show.

Burj Khalifa

 

Burj Khalifa being the tallest building in the world is something you must see when in Dubai. Located next to the Dubai Mall, the Burj Khalifa is a tally, steely structure comprising of 163 floors. The Burj Khalifa tour begins with a tour of the gallery which would show you the story of the construction of the building through pictures and videos. After viewing the gallery, you head to the observation deck on 124th floor in the fastest elevator created till now. The view from the 124th floor is absolutely spectacular as you would not only be able to see the entire city but also the desert and …