In the city and near the city, you will find numerous resorts and beaches on the banks next to the Pacific Ocean. Summer is from December to April and there are many beaches at your leisure for where you can spend your holiday.
The coast area is characterized much like a desert with existing beaches of extensive plains while others are among hills or on the edge of ravines. Some of these beaches are made up of sand, while others are made of stones. The water in the ocean is a green colour due to the great quantity of plankton located beneath its surface. Surfing is also a popular activity at the Lima beaches and depending on the time of year, one can find both strong and soft waves while enjoying this sport.
If you are searching particularly for beaches in Lima you will find them in the areas of Miraflores, Barranco and Chorrillos, along with La Punta and Cantolao in Callao.
Ancón, to the north of Lima (40 km - 25 miles), is a residential beach resort which hosts numerous buildings, nautical clubs, sailing ships, yachts and places to fish.
The best beaches are located south of Lima, and tend to be favoured by young people. Near the beaches exist some inns, restaurants and discothèques that have intense night activity during the summer months.
Peru's Nazca lines are a series of ancient artworks strewn across a desert plateau located between the towns of Nazca and Palpa. They are as beautiful as they are mystical, but what makes them so fascinating are their unusual designs and the mystery surrounding why it is that they were created. Read more..
Not known by general public until recently, the Palomino Islands is one of the nicest side excursions you can take while in Lima. Featured as an alternative to the Ballestas Islands for those who are unable to go to Paracas (a roundtrip of seven hours from Lima), Islas Palomino is just an hour on board a yacht from the historical port of Callao, which in its turn is just half an hour from the center.
For those who love history and are enthralled by archaeology, Pachacamac are the most important ruins to visit in the Lima area. Though most parts are in a relatively poor state, there are several areas that have been restored and give off a good idea of how the ruins were originally. There is a small and interesting museum that also sells ceramics and local weavings as well as a beautiful totem idol.
A major appeal for tourists looking to travel to Peru is by far the beautiful ruins of Machu Picchu. It was built around the year 1460, but abandoned as an official site for the Inca rulers a hundred years later, at the time of the Spanish conquest of the Inca Empire. Although it was known locally, it was said to have been forgotten for centuries when the site was brought to worldwide attention in 1911 by Hiram Bingham, an American historian.
One of the reasons that Peru is such an amazing country is that it has so many different climates and sights to offer. You can spend one weekend nestled in the Andes Mountains and the following weekend in the midst of the Amazon jungle. It is all possible here in this fantastic country.
If you love sea life then a weekend excursion to Islas Ballestas is a must. With sea lions, seals and birds galore, a visit to these islands off the coast of Peru is a delightful experience where animals are found in nearly every crook and cranny.