It rarely rains in Peru’s capital city, the second largest desert city in the world after Cairo. However, a cold Pacific Ocean current and high humidity keep skies overcast much of the year. Although the weather can sometimes be gloomy, the city’s vibe is anything but. Limeños have an infectious enthusiasm for life and for food—particularly ceviche (fresh raw seafood and hot chilies marinated in citrus juice) and frothy pisco sours (the national cocktail made with Muscat-grape brandy). Ride the Metropolitano rapid transit bus system to explore this sprawling coastal city and experience its distinctive Criollo flavors—a blend of indigenous, African, and Spanish.


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