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Lima (Callao), Peru: Located on the west coast of Peru, facing the turquoise blue waters of the Pacific Ocean, the port city of Callao is your gateway to capital city of Lima. The short half-hour drive to the heart of the capital city is a photographer’s dream. Lima comes alive in vibrant color, from the architecture that tells a story of past civilization to the cuisine that’s passed down from generation to generation. With 43 districts and 9 million inhabitants, there’s so much to explore on a cruise to Lima Peru.

On your cruise to Peru, take a peek into the rich history and heritage of Lima at the Larco Museum located in the Pueblo Libre District. The museum is built on the site of a 7th century pre-Columbian temple and houses fascinating collections from the Inca, Nazca, Cupisnique, Chancay cultures. Each room displaying ceramics, textiles, mummies, and other artifacts dating back around 3,000 years. There’s also a special erotic room that features a collection of ceramic pots depicting various sexual positions. For an even deeper glimpse into Peruvian history, head to The National Museum of Archaeology, Anthropology and History of Peru, the oldest and largest museum in Peru. The museum features a wonderful range of pre-Hispanic metals, organic materials, and ceramics with a broad archeological collection of more than 100,000 items from pre-Inca cultures.

There are many churches and temples in Lima to explore on a cruise to Peru. In fact, there may be one on almost every corner of the city. But, the Basilica Cathedral in the heart of Lima’s historical downtown is considered one of the more significant churches in town. Built in 1535, this Roman Catholic shrine faces the Plaza Mayor and has retained its beautiful mix of baroque, renaissance, gothic and neoclassic styles.

Lima is quickly becoming a culinary hotspot on the world stage. Head to the Boulevard of Gastronomy in the district of Surquillo to sample Peruvian delicacies. From the street carts offering delicious ceviches, butifarra (grilled sandwiches), and tamales to novoandina (new Andean cuisine) at the top restaurants in town, Peruvian cuisine does not disappoint. Like the past that shapes the city of Lima today, you’ll find a melting pot of flavors and traditions comprise authentic Peruvian dishes, incorporating a lively mélange of influences, including Spanish, Italian, Asian, West African and Incan. Stroll the famous Surquillo Market where you can pick up delicious exotic fruits and vegetables straight from the Amazon Rainforest, including cupuacu, lúcuma, and choclo.

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Mercado Indio

Practice your bargaining skills at Mercado Indio, a sprawling flea market where you’ll find souvenirs ranging from clay vessels and ponchos to hand-sewn dolls and crocheted bags. Just be sure to comparison-shop—prices and quality vary greatly from stall to stall.

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