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Lima's history is everywhere, but it is by far more concentred in the old Lima Downtown. You should not miss the chance of either taking a guided sightseeing tour that shows you some of the rich history of this city, or simply taking a walk around some of these stunning old buildings. The Cathedral, for example, as well as the San Pedro Church and the San Francisco Convent and Catacombs are three major (and beautiful) monuments from the colonial times: in addition, both of them have very interesting site museums.
For some more history, but having even more fun, you may want to have lunch at Huaca Pucllana, a restaurant located at an archaeological complex, and to visit Museo Larco, famous not only for it large collections of valuable artifacts, but also for its Erotic Pottery Hall.
Yes, the weather may be mild in Lima during the most of the year, but the best time for discovering Lima beaches is, undoubtedly, summer: but, since seasons here are not really very different, we can say Spring and Summer. That is, between September and March. Take a tour along the Costa Verde beaches, and enjoy a superb view of Lima since the Malecón de Chorrillos (the marina).
If you like to shop till you drop, you can do it in Lima, too: Larcomar Shopping Center and Mercado Indio are perfect spots for this. And when it’s time to relax, especially with family, remember to visit the Magic Water Circuit and its colorful fountains with laser light shows–don’t forget your camera!