By Jennifer Levin
Lima
Peru
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Lima, the beautiful and unique capital city of Peru, lies in the valley of the Chillón, Rímac and Lurín rivers, and somehow manages to emanate both intense energy and natural calm. Whether you are rafting or biking in the Andes or making the city your home by learning all of its streets and secrets, EscapeWizard.com knows you will have a wonderful time there.

You will most likely get to Lima by flying through Jorge Chávez International Airport (LIM), which is located in Callao. This airport is a major transportation hub in South America for both Peruvians and citizens of several surrounding countries. Lima is also home to the Las Palmas Air Force Base, as well as Collique Airport, and there are runways which can be accessed by certain planes in Santa María del Mar, San Bartolo and Chilca. When you’re ready to book your flight, let EscapeWizard.com make it easy for you here (www.escapewizard.com/flight.php).

Once you are set with a way to get there, you’ll need a place to stay. There are beautiful hotels with views of the Pacific Ocean, quaint and convenient small hotels and B&Bs, along with more affordable but still centrally located hostels and motels. The Miraflores Park Hotel is one of the most luxurious in Lima, and whether or not you decide to stay there, EscapeWizard.com recommends having a bite to eat there or simply visiting the lobby. When you’ve decided where in the city you’d like to be, book your accommodations with us here (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).

Travelers visit this sprawling, energetic city for all kinds of purposes. Some to study, many to do business, and several to broaden their horizons by seeing more of the world. There are several things you simply must see: Many tourists flock to the new Magic Water Circuit, located in the Reserve Park, a display made up of thirteen fountains and combining water movement, lights and music. In the center of the city you will find the centuries-old Spanish churches and the Plaza Mayor that truly recall the long history of Peru’s capital. EscapeWizard.com also recommends you visit the gold museum, at least one of the history museums, and certainly the Museo Larco, which has a vast collection of pre-Columbian ceramics.

If you visited Lima because of your interest in Peruvian culture, there are endless ways to satisfy your interests. There are several museums in Lima that are essential destinations for the casual traveler and the history aficionado alike. Lima also has a broad, active theatre scene. EscapeWizard.com urges you to see a show while you’re there; don’t worry if you don’t speak the language, you can take in one of the numerous dance or musical performances. You can find traveling shows from all over the world in this bold and cosmopolitan city, or find a display of talent that seeks to reflect the culture and traditions of Lima and its people.

Lima’s buzz and bustle are only two of the aspects that make it a seductive city, but EscapeWizard.com recommends trying to escape its clutches while you’re in Peru and see some of the surrounding countryside. Hikers with all levels of experience will relish the opportunity to hike in the Andes. If you like adventure, go mountain climbing or hang gliding. If experiencing the power of the Andes is the reason you came, take advantage of the camping options and the time to enjoy the wild range. Look for some of the fabulous whitewater rafting trips, or rent a mountain bike and enjoy the views while speeding along the mountainside trails.

There are several beautiful beaches to visit while you are in Lima. Sunbathe, surf or simply wade in the ocean. There’s nothing like a day at the beach to take you away from “the daily grind,” which is hard to escape in this world of smart technology, even in a distracting place like Lima.

After you’ve spent your days walking the streets, taking in the knowledge that lives in the city’s structures and residents, make sure to experience Lima’s nightlife scene. EscapeWizard.com cannot recommend the food highly enough: Peruvian cuisine is influenced by Spanish, Andean and Asian culinary traditions, and must not be missed while you are in town. Lima is also home to dozens of international food stores and restaurants. After dinner, check out one of the nightclubs or lounges.

Lima’s atmosphere is intense and vibrant; you will feel the frenzy of the city as you wander during the daytime and you will feel the urge to participate in the fervor as you enjoy the nightlife. And yet, EscapeWizard.com also recommends Lima for its sprawling beaches and the spectacular mountains. Enjoy the food, the music and the history of this dynamic place, and indulge your escapism in this beautiful Peruvian city.
Hotels in Lima
By Sandy O'Neal
Crowne Plaza Lima
Inversiones Don Quijote SA Av. Alfredo Benavides, Lima, Peru
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When traveling to Lima, Peru, there is no better place to stay than the Crowne Plaza hotel.  You will find this exquisite location tucked away in the village of Miraflores.  The location is suitable for guests traveling for business or pleasure.  It’s in close proximity to the popular commercial district, and nearby an array of things to see and do.  If you are traveling to the area by air, the hotel is just 12 miles from the Jorge Chavez International Airport.  Check in 2:00 p.m. and check out is noon.

The hotel boasts 87 guest rooms and suites spanning 15 floors. There is something for everyone.  Non-smoking rooms are available.  Room amenities may vary depending on your room selection.  Typical amenities include TV, CD player, work desk with lamp, in-room safe, high speed internet access with wireless capabilities, coffee maker, mini bar, and a free morning newspaper will be delivered to your room.

The hotels 24-hour fitness center is equipped with a free climber, trotter drive, steps, treadmill, and free weights.  Maintaining your fitness while away from home will be a breeze.  After your grueling workout, enjoy a refreshing swim in either the indoor or outdoor pool.  Or perhaps take some time to relax in the whirlpool or sauna.  

Dining is available right on-site.  You can enjoy local and international cuisine.  Before you leave in the morning, enjoy a hearty complimentary breakfast. The Takibar is located on the Mezzanine level of the hotel.  This is a great place to connect with friends and family and enjoy your favorite cocktail. 

The Business Center is equipped to meet the needs of the business travel with the amenities of an office.  There is a PC available and high speed internet access with wireless connectivity.  There is also a printer, copier and fax machine. 

If you are looking for a place to host a meeting or group event, the hotel is equipped with nearly 5,000 square feet of space for your event.  The event is equipped with state-of-the art equipment to make your event perfect down to the last detail.  
 
When your travels take you to Lima, Peru, the Crowne Plaza is the perfect choice for your stay and comes highly recommended by EscapeWizard.com.  Book your next stay today by following this link (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).
Hotels in Lima
By Sarah Hay
Westin Lima Hotel & Convention Center
Calle Las Begonias 450. San Isidro, Lima, 27 Peru
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Known as the City of Kings, Lima is the epicenter of Peru’s best beaches, shopping, museums, and dining. When staying in Lima, the prime location to access all of these offerings is at the Westin Lima Hotel & Convention Center. Here, you’ll discover all the perks a Westin hotel can provide, including a gorgeous, heated indoor pool as well as an on-site, Heavenly Spa by Westin®, a full-service spa which offers massages, skin, body and bath treatments, and which makes full use of local ingredients in therapeutic sessions.

There are eight different room classes at the Westin Lima, running the gamut from deluxe and grand deluxe to executive club rooms, renewal suites, and presidential and ambassador suites. Each one of the 301 suites and rooms come complete with an array of generous amenities, including a Westin Heavenly® bed, a 32” LCD television, 24 hour room service, iPod alarm clocks, slippers and robes, walk-in closets, and wireless high speed Internet, for a small fee. Pets are also welcomed at the Westin, and, upon request, a Westin Heavenly dog bed is available for your canine friend.

To help keep you in shape, the hotel provides their signature Westin WORKOUT® gym. Along with the top-notch concierge desk, the executive club lounge and business center will keep you in the loop for business, as will the 24-hour business center, complete with Internet workstations, printing, copying, translation and secretarial services. If you’re in search of a quick bite to eat, or more substantial Peruvian cuisine, the four restaurant and lounges at the Westin can satisfy your cravings, no matter what time of day.

If business brings you to Lima, the proximity of the hotel to the financial center of the city couldn’t be closer. There are 17 meeting rooms available, covering over 2,500 square feet of space. The meeting rooms can accommodate up to 2,000 people, and if you’ve decided to host your dream wedding here, the professional catering and event staff as well as meeting planners will help you plan a truly memorable event. You owe it to yourself to take that once-in-a-lifetime trip to Peru, so make sure you stay at the best: the Westin Lima Hotel & Convention Center. Make sure EscapeWizard.com gets you there for less, by clicking here: (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).