DESTINATION TO CONSIDER – Lima, PeruApr 13, 2018
Peru is the third largest country in South America after Brazil and Argentina, and ranks among the 20 largest countries in the world. Peru, the Land of El Dorado, is a famed destination, most notably for containing both the celebrated ruins of Machu Picchu, near to Cusco, and the lion's share of equally legendary Lake Titicaca. Peru is a modern country with a healthy economy and a tourism sector that appeases every walk of life from backpackers to luxury tourists.
Bring your delegates somewhere new and exciting while keep travel easy and affordable. Lima’s Jorge Chavez International Airport provides direct flights from many major international airports. Located in Callao, Lima’s International airport is just seven miles north of Lima's center. Ensures a smooth transfer for your delegates from the airport to the meeting location and back.
There is no shortage of excellent venues to choose from in Lima. Popular Miraflores and San Isidro districts are home to multiple international hotel chains with ample meeting space including Marriott, Sheraton and Hilton to name a few.
A trip Lima is not complete without a taste of Lima. Two culinary treats famed in Peru are ceviche (raw fish cooked in citrus juice) and the Pisco Sour, a classic South American alcoholic drink. To try both in one sitting, head over to Restaurant Huaca Pucllana. Located amid an archeological site, this restaurant has delectable food and private function space available for your off-site dinner. Another place worth visiting is the famed Astrid & Gaston restaurant, serving innovative Peruvian cuisine to the world.
Lima was christened the ‘City of Kings’ when Francisco Pizarro founded it on the Catholic feast day of Epiphany in 1535. During early Spanish colonial times it became the continent’s richest, most important town, though this all changed in 1746 when a disastrous earthquake wiped out most of the city. However, rebuilding was rapid, and most of the old colonial buildings, still to be seen here date from after the earthquake. Modern scholars speculate that the word "Lima" originated as the Spanish pronunciation of the native name Limaq. Linguistic evidence seems to support this theory as spoken Spanish consistently rejects stop consonants in word-final position. Non-Peruvian Spanish speakers may mistakenly define the city name as the direct Spanish translation of "lime", the citrus fruit.
Remember Lima as you consider your next South American meeting destination. You nor your attendees will be disappointed!
Author: Jesse Friend-Hartline