Welcome to Peru!
The following information has been compiled by CENTRUM staff, suggesting recommended places to go and things to do in Lima. We hope it serves as a guide during your stay.
- Overview of CENTRUM Católica Business School
- Overview of Lima
- Historical places – Traditional Lima
- Eating out: Recommendations
- Evening out
- More Information
- CENTRUM Católica Contact Information
Overview of CENTRUM Católica Business School
CENTRUM Católica is the only business school in Peru, and amongst seven in Latin America accredited by the three most prestigious accreditations for business schools in the world: AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA. An international faculty and diverse students are joined to create a global environment within every classroom. CENTRUM Católica is not only a business school, but an entire education experience, and we are excited for you to become a part of it!
Overview of Lima
Lima is the industrial and financial center of Peru. It is a metropolis of nearly 9 million inhabitants, encompassing one third of the entire country´s population. The city of Lima was founded in 1535 by Francisco Pizarro, and was considered the most important city in South America during its first centuries of existence. Today, you can see the combination of modernization with Spanish-influenced traditional architecture. In 1991, UNESCO declared Lima as a Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
Lima is also famous for its exquisite cuisine. In 2006, the city was awarded the “Gastronomical Capital of Latin America” at the annual Madrid Fusion event.
- Museo de la Nación – The most important Peruvian history museum. It holds thousands of original pieces throughout different times of Peru´s history. Its large collection consists of over 12,500 Pre-Hispanic artifacts, including collections of ceramics, metals and textiles from the Paracas, Moche, Wari, Lima cultures, among others, and over 2,5000 historical pieces of art from the colonial and republican time.
Location: Javier Prado Este 2465, San Borja
- Museo de Arte Colonial Pedro de Osma This art museum brings together the collection of Pedro de Osma, Peruvian Colonial art connoisseur, who developed a creation of the most remarkable and varied objects and techniques that reflect the richness of Peruvian art from the 16th, 17th, 18th and 19th
Location: Av. Pedro de Osma 423, Barranco
Web page: http://www.museopedrodeosma.org/
- Museo del Oro del Perú y Armas del Mundo – This museum is located near CENTRUM Católica. It is filled of gold pieces, work of the goldsmiths’ throughout centuries of history. There are also textiles, fabric pens, ceremonial cups and ceramics that represent the customs of the Inca culture. Visitors will experience a journey through history, as they explore the swords, daggers, uniforms, revolvers and pistols of various civilizations and cultures.
Location: Alonso de Molina 1100 Monterrico, Surco
Web page: http://www.museoroperu.com.pe/
- Museo de Sitio Huaca Pucllana – In the fifth century, the Lima valley inhabitants started the construction of the Huaca Pucllana. Pucllana was an important ceremonial and administrative location. An inspired group of sacred priests were the governing rulers at that time. The magnificence of Pucllana was reflected by the configuration of a monumental architecture.
Location: General Borgoño 700, Miraflores
Historical places – Traditional Lima
- Plaza Mayor de Lima – On January 18, 1535, the conqueror, Francisco Pizarro, founded the city of Lima. Located in the famous square where it was proclaimed the “Act of Independence of Peru” in 1821. It is surrounded by the Government Palace, the Municipality of Lima, the Cathedral and the Union Club, a group of Neo-Colonial architecture dating back to the 1920s and 1940s.
- Government Palace – It is the headquarters of the Peruvian executive branch and is the residence of the President of the Republic of Peru.
- Cathedral – Constructed in 1622, and having received modifications over the years, the cathedral represents mixed architectural styles including: Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque and Neoclassic. Inside, gems are preserved in addition to the remains the conqueror, Francisco Pizarro.
Center of Lima – The Cathedral
Eating out: Recommendations
As mentioned previously, Lima is the Gastronomical Capital of Latin America. With that being said, be prepared to try some of the best foods of your life. Being a port city, Lima is known for its specialty fishes (especially ceviche).
- Dama Juana Restaurant & Show (Miraflores)
The Dana Juana Restaurant overlooks the Pacific Ocean, and offers a delicious Criolla traditional Peruvian buffet and a display of the time-honored dances from diverse regions of Peru.
Location: Centro Comercial Larcomar local 502 –B, Miraflores
Web page: http://ladamajuana.com.pe/
- Bistecca Restaurant (San Isidro) Bistecca is a classy restaurant buffet that offers a variety of dishes including: pastas, meats, and seafood. Chefs prepare the meals on order. It also offers desserts (including a chocolate fountain), salads, wines, cold and hot beverages.
Location: Av. Conquistadores 1048, San Isidro
- Madame Tusan Restaurant (Miraflores) Madame Tusan fine dining with an incredible combination of Chinese-Peruvian food. It is a nice, cozy restaurant, decorated by a large red dragon that lurks in the main hall.
Location: Avenida Santa Cruz 855, Miraflores http://macadamiaylucuma.com/
- Amor a Mar Restaurant – (Barranco) It is a luxury restaurant dedicated to seafood, with bar attached. Restaurant recommended by Babson students who visited in January. Recommend trying Peru´s specialty: Ceviche.
Location: Jirón García y García 175, Barrancohttp://www.amoramar.com/
- Tanta – A little bit of everything, with a pinch of Peruvian flavor. Various locations throughout Lima.
- Pardo’s Chicken Restaurant (Miraflores) Peruvian restaurant chain, famous for its delicious fried chicken “pollo a la brasa.” It became a franchise in 1996, and since then, it can be found in Chile, Bolivia, Mexico and Miami.
Location: Av. Santa Cruz 898, Miraflores. http://www.pardoschicken.com.pe/
- José Antonio Restaurant (San Borja) José Antonio “The Best Typical Peruvian Food Restaurant in Lima.” A pricy option, but this restaurant specializes in regional Peruvian cuisine “Criollo”, authentically prepared from ancient recipes dating back to Pre-Hispanic times.
Location: Av. La Floresta 124 corner of Av. Primavera Chacarilla del Estanque Web page: http://www.joseantonio.com.pe/
- Panchita (Miraflores) The best meats in Lima. Be sure to try the “Anticucho.” Location: Av. Dos de Mayo 298, Miraflores http://www.cucharasbravas.com.pe/panchita/
- Punto Azul – a local inexpensive Peruvian seafood restaurant with various locations throughout the city.
The two Miraflores locations are: Av. Benavides 2711, and San Martin 595 corner of Alcanfores. http://www.puntoazulrestaurante.com/
- Osaka (Miraflores, Monterrico) Peruvian-Japanese Fusion. Delicious sushi rolls and Japanese style restaurant with a Peruvian twist. Be sure to start the meal of with the appetizer “mariscos al fuego.”
Two locations: Conquistadores 999 (San Isidro) y El Polo II, Avenida El Polo 660 (Monterrico)
http://www.osaka.com.pe/ Click Lima – then English
|Note: Be sure to try a Pisco sour, the native Peruvian specialty cocktail. Be careful, they are stronger than they look!|
- Start your evening out by visiting the famous fountain park, “Circuito Mágico del Agua – Parque de la Reserva.” The park is open Wednesday through Sunday (and holidays): 4pm to 11pm. We recommend going during show times that takes place at 7:15pm, 8:15pm and 9:30pm. It is located on Av. Arequipa, on the 7th block. The entrance is at the corner of Av. Arequipa and Jr. Aranibar. Ask your hotel to call a taxi. Cost: S/. 4 (about US $1.50) per person
- Larcomar (Miraflores) – a fancy outdoor mall with lots of evening activities such as restaurants, bars, karaokes, and dancing.
- Ayahuasca Bar (Barranco, Lima) – Bar inside of a beautiful mansion, near Miraflores
- Art Déco Lounge (Miraflores) – Bar/lounge with artwork and a unique style
- Centro Comercial Larcomar (Miraflores)
- Jockey Plaza (Surco)
- Mercado Indio (Miraflores) – local market full of Peruvian souvenirs and gifts for friends and family.
- Parque de la Amistad (Surco)
- Parque El Olivar (San Isidro)
- Parque de la Alegría (San Borja)
- Puente de los Suspiros (Barranco)
- Parque El Reducto (Miraflores)
If you want to get a taxi consider that they are not metered, so you have to agree the fare before you ride. Please ask your hotel to call a “secure taxi” –taxi seguro anytime you go somewhere. The secure taxis have flat rates, and are reliable.
10% at restaurants if it is not included on the bill (look for the word “servicio” on the bill to check if it included or not) Do not tip taxis nor any CENTRUM Católica or business visit guides.
CENTRUM Catolica’s Surrounding Areas
- San Pablo: Av. El Polo 789, Urb. El Derby de Monterrico.
Central Telefónica: (01) 610-3333
- Montesur: Av. El Polo 505 Urb. El Derby de Monterrico.
Central Telefónica: (01) 317-4000
- Tezza: Av. El Polo 570. Monterrico
Central Telefónica: (01) 610-5050
- Centro Comercial El Polo: Av. La Encalada Cdra. 15 (In front of the American Embassy), Av. El Polo Cdra. 7.
- Jockey Plaza: Av. Javier Prado Este 4200, Santiago de Surco.
The official monetary unit in Perú is the “Nuevo Sol” its symbol is S/. You can check the official exchange rate in the following link: http://www.sbs.gob.pe
Currently, there are in circulation the following denominations:
- Bill: 10, 20, 50, 100 and 200 Nuevos soles
- Coins: 1, 2, and 5 Nuevos soles
- Cents: 05, 10, 20 and 50 cents.
Near CENTRUM Católica’s campus, and around Lima, you can exchange money in near banks and Change Houses.
Some establishments accept dollars, but generally the exchange rate is lower than the official. Also, almost every establishment accept credit cards.
The coastal zone presents a temperate weather
- Winter (June 21st – September 21st): Most humidity, misty rain, wind and cloudy days. It’s not necessary to use an umbrella. The temperature goes between 11 and 15°C. We recommend to use warm clothes, specially by night.
- Is preferable to buy bottled water.
- It is recommended to take care of your belongings at all time. In cafés and restaurants do not hang up your purse or backpack in the back of the chair.
- Do not allow strangers to distract you.
- Be aware when crossing the streets.
CENTRUM Católica Contact Information
- Peruvian National Police:
- Monterrico Police Office
Av. Manuel Olguín cdra. 6, s/n
- San Isidro Police Office
Antequera 116, San Isidro
- Peruvian Firefighters (Emergencies)