As South America heads toward its summer season, people experiencing increasingly colder temperatures in the Northern Hemisphere start to turn their aircraft southward. With a unique culinary scene, a Pacific coastline and a growing urban center, Lima is a great location to explore as a crewmember on a business aviation trip.
Lima is the industrial and tourist center of Peru and thus receives the largest amount of business aviation traffic in the country. The city is served by Jorge Chavez International Airport (LIM / SPIM). In-flight catering is available for delivery at the airport through the Air Culinaire Worldwide Network. As with all locations in South America, a 48 hour lead time is required for in-flight catering orders.
The moderate climate and colorful sunset in Lima make a great backdrop for outdoor activities and events. Beaches are especially popular during summer, but can get crowded due to the amount of tourists. In addition to a variety of water sports, there are many opportunities to enjoy Lima’s natural beauty. Marcahuasi is a plateau in the Andes Mountains that is home to amazing carvings of human faces and animal shapes. Nor Yauyos-Cochas Landscape Reserve is another spot not to be missed. Here you will be greeted with waterfalls and beautiful waters surrounded by mountains, along with world-renowned caves, such as Sima Pumaqucha and Qaqa Mach’ay.
If you are traveling to Lima in October or November, you will have the chance to experience the beginning of festival season with the celebration of the Lord of the Miracles. During this celebratory period, weekly bullfights take place on Sundays. While other countries celebrate Halloween on Oct. 31, in Peru you will find the day is focused on Creole culture and song. Lima is known as the “Gastronomic Capital of the Americas,” so if you have the pleasure of visiting during September, be sure to check the calendar for the dates of, Mistura, the annual gastronomic festival.
Once you’ve had your fill of the great outdoors, consider exploring Lima’s culture while spending time indoors. Museo Oro del Peru showcases Peruvian heritage through historical gold crafts while Musea Amano will take you through the country’s rich history through exhibits of artistic pre-Columbian textiles. The splendors of ancient Peru are on display at Museo Larco, including rooms dedicated to gold and jewelry, textiles and ceremonial items.
When you are ready to try authentic local cuisine, you will be tempted with culinary delights like fresh ceviche, anticuchos (a type of skewered meat that dates back to pre-Columbian times), papa rellena (the Peruvian version of a croquette), lomo saltado (a beef stir-fry dish) and sancochado (a meaty stew that is a wintertime favorite). When it comes to single ingredients, quinoa, which has been grown and consumed in the Andes for over 4,000 years, is now most widely recognized due to explosive popularity in the United States over the past several years.
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