When your flight descends in Lima, you can gaze upon a city that touches the Pacific Ocean and stretches to the distant hills. At its core, the city holds the historical cultures of Peru inside a mixture of urban streets and colonial architecture. The city was founded in the 16th century and labeled “the King of Cities.” The church and monastery of Santo Domingo have roots dating back to 1540. A tranquil colonnade encircles the interior courtyard. The interior contains mosaics depicting the life of St. Dominic, founder of the Dominican order.
The city embodies both the past and the energetic presence of modernity, from the historic center of the Plaza de Armas to the contemporary seaside neighborhood of Miraflores. Walkways line the cliffs, providing marvelous views overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The scent of lemon juice emanates from celebrated restaurants specializing in ceviche. Old colonial homes mix with pockets of verdant parks. Surfers ride the waves stretching across the coastline. The ocean mists into the air after crashing against the cliffs. You watch the abundance of hang gliders catching the sea breeze, drifting across the sky. Lima embraces its past and delights in the present.