Published: September 200948 HOURS
Lima Destination Guide
Photo: Lima
Dancers from Ayacucho show their stuff along Lima's central streets.
Photo by Richard Olsenius

This city of eight-million-plus has finally emerged from the shadow of other South American metropolises like Buenos Aires thanks to a surge of investment and national pride. Lima is phasing out smog-inducing buses and cleaning up its coastal waters and beaches. Most significantly, celebrity chefs such as Todd English hail Lima as Latin America's gastronomic capital—with creative yet authentic cuisine and crusading chefs like Gastón Acurio who are exporting its flavors in restaurants worldwide.

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