Lima, Peru

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Hidden treasures

The city of Lima tends to be a place forgotten quickly by tourists, who usually scuttle through as quickly as possible en route to other more beautiful areas of Peru. It's true the city looks somewhat ugly on the surface, but you don't have to look far to discover hidden beauty here.

A casual wander around Lima and the informed traveller will find it easy to locate historical signposts amid the urban sprawl. Colonial mansions showing off lavish decoration. Museums displaying sublime pottery. Pre-Columbian temples and baroque churches sat between skyscrapers, quietly begging to be explored.

And that's without mentioning the exceptional eateries, the cavernous shopping centres and the solemn religious processions that date back to the 18th century. This is why you shouldn't even dream of missing this fantastic Peruvian metropolis. It may not be pretty but it's absolutely fascinating and well worth a visit.

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