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Strongly influenced by European, Andean, African and Asian culture, Lima is a melting pot of cultures due to colonisation, immigration, and indigenous influences. Lima has developed a tourism industry characterised by its historic centre, archaeological sites, nightlife, museums, art galleries, festivals, and traditions. The historic centre of Lima was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988. The city’s international cuisine has made Lima known as the gastronomical capital of the Americas. Lima's beaches are very popular during the summer months. There is a vibrant and active theater scene, including classic theater, cultural presentations, modern theater, experimental theater, dramas, dance performances, and theatre for children.

Local Events


Founding of Lima

18 Jan

Lima was founded by Spanish conqueror Francisco Pizarro as the City of Kings. Since the Spanish Viceroyalty and following Peru's independance, Lima has been the capital. Every year in January, civic and cultural activities are celebrated, such as art exhibitions, tours, parades and fireworks.

Wineglass at Swissotel Lima

Grape, wine and rafting festival in Lunahuana

11 Mar

Lunahuana is a district of the province of Canete, 182 km southeast of Lima. The grape festival is celebrated every year and is the modern version of the classical grape harvest festival. Lunahuana has also become an adventure destination, with rafting as the main attraction.

peru horse at Swissotel Lima

National Peruvian Paso Horse Competition

15 Apr

The mix of Spanish and Arabian horses resulted in this elegant breed. In order to preserve its unique characteristics, such an ambling four-beat gait, the bloodlines have been kept pure for centuries. The annual National Show in Lima is a major event in Peruvian cultural life.

peru flag at Swissotel Lima

Independence Day (Fiestas Patrias)

28 Jul

The celebration of Fiestas Patrias coincides with the vacation period for schools and some businesses. Along with Christmas, it is one of the most important celebrations of the year. Tourism tends to increase during these holidays with visitors coming to join in the celebrations.

bull fighting at Swissotel Lima

Bullfighting season

1 Oct

In commemoration of the Lord of Miracles, traditional bullfights are celebrated every year in the Plaza de Acho, the second oldest arena in the world, attracting the best bullfighters from Spain and South America. These traditional bullfights have been held in Lima since colonial times.

peru flag at Swissotel Lima

Month of the Lord of Miracles

18 Oct

Every October thousands of believers, regardless of race or status, celebrate the Lord of Miracles in a religious procession through the streets of Lima. Devotees are dressed in purple tunics and sing hyms and pray as they accompany the image of Jesus Christ.




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