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Don't forget Lima when planning your tour of South America

No tour of South America is complete without a trip to Peru. The historic country offers an enriching experience thanks to its beautiful natural landscape, delicious cuisine and unique culture. There's something for everyone, whether you want to challenge yourself with a hike on the Inca Trail or step back in time at the 13th century city of Cusco. Peru's capital city of Lima is also one of the hidden gems of South America, and even a quick trip there will leave a lasting impression.

Lima is a highlight of Peru for a variety of reasons, but its culinary offerings have to be near the top of the list. You should make a point to sample some of the traditional Peruvian fare, especially tacu tacu. This delicious dish is made using a pancake made of rice and beans and a thin sheet of steak. It is served with friend plantains and topped with a fried egg, according to The Huffington Post. It will not disappoint even the most fastidious foodie.

Of course, Lima has more to offer than delicious food. It is also home to many compelling historic landmarks. One of the best places to go for a taste of the past is the Monastery of San Francisco. Built in the 17th century, the stunning building is the perfect example of Spanish architecture. However, there is much more to it than its appearance. Beneath the church is a series of catacombs that were used as the city's first cemetery. Full of mystery - there are reportedly secret passages - the catacombs were not discovered until 1943. Experts estimate there are more than 70,000 people buried there. 

Whether you want to experience the rich cultural tapestry of Peru, sample the delicious food or get a sense of the country's history, Lima will prove to be the perfect spot for all three. 

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