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Lima, Peru

Lima is the capital and the largest city of Peru. It is located in the valleys of the ChillónRímac and Lurín rivers in the central coastal part of the country, overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Together with the seaport of Callao, it forms a contiguous urban area known as the Lima Metropolitan Area. With a population approaching 9 million, Lima is Peru’s most populous metropolitan area, and the fifth largest city in the Americas (as defined by “city proper”).

Chilled by the Humboldt current, Lima’s winter weather is marked by grey skies, breezy conditions, high humidity and cool temperatures. Long (1-week or more) stretches of dark overcast skies are not uncommon. Persistent morning drizzle occurs occasionally from June through September, coating the streets with a thin layer of water that generally dries up by early afternoon. Winter temperatures vary little between day and night.

The Basilica Cathedral of Lima is a Roman Catholic cathedral located in the Plaza Mayor of downtown LimaPeru. Construction began in 1535, and the building has undergone many reconstructions and transformations since. However, it still retains its colonial structure and façade. It is dedicated to St John, Apostle and Evangelist.


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