Peru draws thousands of visitors annually to its rich and extra ordinary archaeological heritage as well as to its splendid natural beauty. Among these thousands of visitors, very few people would be there who won't make a stop at Lima even for a day or two. Lima is considered to be the cultural and business hub of Peru.
Lima is comparatively slow paced city, which is against the rhythm of many other fast paced South American metropolises. It is comparatively more traditional, reflecting its calmer and steadier constitution. When you pay special attention to the inhabitants of this city, you would find them to be usually amenable to foreigners and with one another too. This nature of the inhabitants would sometimes make you feel that the city is a cluster of small towns.
The atmosphere of Lima makes this city like a dreamland because of its 'garua', whereas garua is the local term for mist that settles over Lima from May to October. Under this silvery blanket, the people of the city meet at 'Penas' (Bars offering Creole and folk music), dine at the city's celebrated restaurants and shop at open markets. There are a number of museums in Peru that not only display but also preserve the golden past of Peru. The most acclaimed and internationally recognized museum of Lima is none other than the Museo Nacional de Antropologia y Arqueologia.
The south of Lima host several long white beaches that are continually washed by Southern Pacific's cold waters. These beaches are backed by a long range of white sand dunes. However, these beaches have nothing more than a few small cafes and restaurants to call as amenities, which is contrary to the warmer climate's tourist beaches. One of the best and most beautiful beaches is El Silencio, which proves its name by making itself to be found remotely.