Lima (Callao), Peru
Lima is a bustling city filled with beautiful Spanish architecture, splendid museums and ancient ruins. Enjoy the scenic gardens and fountains of Lima's main square and tour the Presidential Palace, its city hall and cathedral.
In 1535, the open plains where Lima now stands was once declared inhospitable by the conquistador Francisco Pizarro. Despite his verdict, Lima became the center of imperial Spanish power. With the nation's independence in 1821, Lima became Peru's capital.
The Museo de Oro del Peru is home to a priceless collection of fine gold, pre-Colombian treasures and a display of weapons with more than 6,500 Incan and Pre-Incan pieces.
This ancient religious center, thought to date back to around 700 A.D., is the most important archaeological site close to Lima.
Located in a desolate desert, these immense drawings of animals, birds and geometric figures range in size, up to 1,000 feet across. They were the inspiration for the book, "Chariots of the Gods."
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