Photo: Mario Mantel, Costas de Barranco (Some rights reserved)
Lima is the capital and largest city of Perú.
With a population of more than 9.5 million, Lima is located in a desert region, hemmed in between the Pacific Ocean and the Andes Mountains. It hardly ever rains, but cold Ocean currents push moisture over the desert, which gets blocked by the mountains, so overcast misty conditions are very common.
Historic downtown Lima was declared an UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988.