Lima is the capital of Peru, and the largest city in the country with, soon to be ten million inhabitants. It is a fast growing city, but the inner agglomeration is almost unchanged – beautiful colonial architecture is found just about everywhere in the city centre, while the cool air that sweeps down from the surrounding hills makes it a very pleasant place to live.
Lima is called ‘The Pacific Pearl’, and there are many reasons for this. It is a gorgeous city, especially if you approach it by boat towards the island of San Lorenzo and see the majestic city sprawling out from hills just above the pristine beach of Costa Verde. This is where the Inca Kingdom was situated, from the coast and up into the mountains, with Cuzco and Lake Titicaca taking centre-stage as some of its main attractions.
Peru – Inca Kingdom
Peru is a very interesting country and thousands of expats are moving there every year. In fact, Lima has some of the most cosmopolitan populations in South America, with people from all over the world gathered in this fast-growing city. At the same time Lima is a very young city, with half of the population being under 30 years old.
5 good reasons make Lima your new home;
- It never rains. That might just be enough for some British people to up sticks and move there, at least. Lima is one of the driest cities in the world, surpassed only by Cairo in Egypt. It does get a little overcast at times, and the clouds may hang over the city for several days in a row, but rain is practically non-existent.
- The food is amazing. There are many reasons why the fare in Peru is so delicious. First of all, the climate is perfect for growing just about anything. The sea outside the city is filled with fish and seafood. It is cheap; an average set menu will set you back about $3, and the food culture is on a level comparable with the most famous food-towns in the world.
- The Andes Mountain range is just around the corner. Even though Lima is a tropical city, you can always escape the heat and humidity by heading up into the mountains, which is a popular excursion for many locals in the weekends. Just a couple of hours from the city will find you surrounded by snow, thin air and temperatures close to freezing point. Trains criss-cross the country, which make them a favourable means of transport for expats.
- Surf´s up. If you are into surfing, you probably know that the entire coast of Peru is just amazing. The Pacific provides surfers with amazing waves practically around the clock, meaning this is always a good spot for water babies to explore.
- Oh, and while you are surfing the waves, keep an eye out for the wonderful spectacle of dolphins keeping you company. They are often seen along the coast as these magnificent, smart animals often enjoy the waves just as much as human surfers.
How could we not mention this one? It had to be in a paragraph on its own. Most visitors to Lima are forced to skip this magnificent sight, simply because they have no time to climb up the steep mountain and see Machu Picchu with their own eyes. If you move to Peru, however, you will have all the time in the world to explore both Machu Picchu and the many other pre-Columbian sights in the country.