North to Lima
You will find the resorts of Santa Rosa (Km 43) and Ancón (Km 44) known for its very calm waters, has been frequented by the people of Lima since the nineteenth century, and today it is a small city almost integrated to metropolitan Lima. It reached its heights as a beach resort in the 50's and 60's. It still maintains elegant buildings and an impressive marina, the Yacht Club.
Lachay National Reserve: Located at 105 Km (65 miles) north of Lima, the best time for its visit is between the months of September and October. Exist places enabled for camping. Reccommended to birdwatchers.
Caral, the oldest city in America: (World Heritage Site - UNESCO) The Sacred City of Caral 5000-year-old and 626-hectare is an archaeological site situated on a dry desert terrace overlooking the green valley of the Supe river, 184 Km. north of Lima city. It dates back to the Late Archaic Period of the Central Andes and is the oldest centre of civilization in the Americas.
South to Lima
Swamps of Villa Refuge of Wildlife: Unit of conservation of the ecological systems of the marshy area of Chorrillos, intangible area for the protection of diverse species of migratory birds that use this area like point of rest, and also fauna and flora species characteristic of this ecosystem. Located at 20 Km south of Lima in Chorrillos area.
Pachacamac: Archaeological place, located 31 Km (19 miles) from Lima on the Pan-American Highway South (45 minutes by car), in the valley of Lurín. Next to this place are located Mamacona, exhibition and shows of Peruvian Paso Horses.
Southern Beaches: Starting at kilometer marker 35 on unfold to reach the Pan-American Highway South, a series of beautiful beaches ungold to reach the city of Cañete, 135 Km / 84 miles from Lima. The sandy or pebbly beaches whit perfect waves for surfing are: El Silencio (Km 41.5), Señoritas (Km 42), Peñascal (Km 51 - San Bartolo), Pico Alto (Km 43), and Punta Rocas (Km 45). Many have been turned into residential beach resorts: Pulpos (Km 41), Santa María and Embajadores (Km 51), and Naplo (Km 51). Others offer many services such as hotels, restaurants, and entertainment centers: Punta Hermosa and Punta Negra (Km 45), San Bartolo (Km 51), and Pucusana (Km 57).
Cañete: San Vicente de Cañete, commonly known simply as Cañete, is a town in Peru, which is the capital of the Cañete Province, in the Lima Region. With a population of 25,829 (1999 estimate).
The warm and peaceful town of Cañete is located just one and a half hour to the south of Lima (144 km) and serves, for tourists, primarily as a gateway to Lunahuaná District. The Plaza de Armas lies on 2 de Mayo, a few blocks inland from the spot on the Pan-American Highway, where buses pause for passengers to get on or off. All buses heading south from Lima or north to Lima on the Pan-American Highway pass through Cañete. This is one of the most important homes of the most representative liquor from Peru: the Pisco.
Cerro Azul, Peru or the enchanted town is one of the most visited districts during the summer time. It is located due north 15 minutes from San Vicente de Cañete.
Cerro Azul enjoys many attraccions. For example, quality surf beaches, pre-inca ruins, restaurants, for example Don Satu and el Piloto.
Also cerro azul has upper high end beach homes. This located in old Cerro azul.
Lunahuaná: is a town in the Cañete Province of the Lima Region, in western Peru. It has a population of 3,595 and is the largest town in the Lunahuaná District. It is known for its places for adventure activities and sports, particularly canoeing and rafting. Famous for the Grape Harvest Festival, its wines and piscos, host several wineries, and cuisine (shrimps and trout).
The Nor Yauyos Cochas Landscape Reserve (Reserva Paisajística Nor Yauyos Cochas) - Huancaya is a protected area (221,268 Ha) located in Andean zone of Department of Lima and Junin. The access is by Lunahuana (south of Lima City) or Huancayo in Junin. Huancaya is the place with the most beautiful landscapes, lagoons, waterfalls, and the waters of the Cañete River has amazing colors and are very transparent. Fishing of trout.
East to Lima
Zoo Huachipa: Located in Av. Las Torres s/n Ate, Vitarte. Kilometer marker 11 next to the Huachipa Bridge. Visiting hours: Mon. – Sun. 9:00 A.M. – 5:30 P.M. including holidays except Christmas Eve. It shelters more than 2000 animals belonging to about 300 species of mammals, birds, reptiles, and fish. The Bird Forest with its replicas of Peruvian tropical forests is very impressive as well as the Interactive Farm dedicated to children.
Puruchuco (Quechua voice: Hat of feathers): Located Kilometer marker 4,5. Carretera Central east of Lima. Visiting hours: Mon. – Sun. and holidays – 8:30 A.M. – 4:30 P.M. Inca archaeological site, the Inca buildings (1440 A.D. – 1533 A.D.) are made of mud and adobe. Palace in which "caciques" (political chief of the city) or important people exercised domain over the valley of Rímac. The space is distributed along geometric lines and divided into three sectors, the most interesting being the area of patios and lookouts. During the excavation process, several mummies were recovered, characterized by being placed in a fetal position and accompanied by everyday objects. You will find an interesting site Museum.
Cajamarquilla: Located at Kilometer Marker 10 Carretera Central, take the turnoff on the right hand side of the Rimac River and drive 5 Km (3 miles) lower part of the Jicamarca gorge, east of Lima, in the denominated place Huachipa. Inca archaeological complex, citadel with walled square, numerous barns or food deposits. It was built during the sixth and seventh centuries A.D., the period corresponding to the Lima culture. Its 167 hectares of mud buildings are considered the second largest among the pre-Hispanic Andean mud cities (after Chan Chan in La Libertad).
San Juan de Pariache: Located at 9.94 miles (16 Km) to the east of Lima. Inca archaeological location, of very similar construction to the archaeological center of Puruchuco.
Chosica and Santa Eulalia: Kilometer markers 36-39 (50 minutes by car) in the highlands of Lima. Area with entertainment centers, clubs, and traditional restaurants. The place is ideal for relaxing in its fresh and sunny climate. It is also the entrance to the central Peruvian highlands.
San Pedro de Casta and Marcahuasi: San Pedro de Casta, a pretty little town in the Lima highlands, (3,350 masl) is famous for celebrating the traditional Fiesta del Agua (water festival) on the first Sunday in October, and also for being the startingoff point to visit the archaeological site and natural rock formations at Marcahuasi (4,000 masl), a center for new age mystics who believe it to be a magnetic center. Marcahuasi spreads across 4 km2 of high platteau, featuring colossal rock formations such as the well known Monument to Humanity, a rock with the shape of a human face. The site is ideal for astronomers and those seeking spirituality.