Lima is the capital and largest city of Peru. It is located in the valleys of the Chillón, Rímac and Lurín rivers, on a coast overlooking the Pacific Ocean. It forms a contiguous urban area with the seaport of Callao.
Lima is a mix of the modern mega city, but with some large but orderly slum areas and colonial architecture in the city center. It has wonderful churches, cloisters and monasteries that are worth a visit. Lima is also famous for its fantastic Gold Museum. Other sightseeing highlights include the 17th century colonial precinct, the religious center of Pachacamac and many fine art collections.
Lima is also the best place to try the wonderful Peruvian cuisine, which has a huge variety of ingredients from coast, mountain and Amazon regions. In fact Lima is considered the Gastronomical Capital of Latin America. Ceviche is number one on the list of dishes to try, not only because it happens to be the peruvians' national dish but because it is so delicious.
Port Location - The Port of Callao is located 14 kms. (8.7 miles) west of Lima, it is the main marine port of Peru.
Transport Links - Jorge Chavez International Airport is in the harbour city Callao (part of metropolitan Lima). Lima is well connected with most cities in South America.
Unlike many other cities in Peru, Lima doesn't have a big bus terminal (though one is currently under construction, as of May 2009). Most companies are in La Victoria, not Lima's nicest neighbourhood.