Don't overlook the delights of Lima on a trip to Peru
Beaches, nightlife, cuisine and history make the capital city of Peru a must-visit destination
Mention Peru and images of ancient Inca temples and the stunning backdrop of the mountains of the Andes will undoubtedly spring to mind for most.
But while no overland adventure of the South American country would be complete without the obligatory Machu Picchu tour, travellers to Peru shouldn't overlook what the country's modern inhabitants have to offer in the form of its bustling capital city Lima.
This week, Reuters published a guide to some of the best things to see and do on a visit to Lima, based on the recommendations of local correspondents, suggesting ways to explore both the modern and historical aspects of the city.
For active types, a good way to start the day is with an early morning surf, the news provider recommends.
"Rent a surfboard and wetsuit to insulate yourself from the chilly Pacific Ocean. Brave the consistently good waves that offer some of the best surfing of any big city," it said.
During the day, you could explore some of Peru's millennia-long history. Start with a visit to the Museo Larco which, built over a seventh-century pyramid, contains archaeological discoveries spanning 5,000 years of history.
Next, head to the Cathedral of Lima, where Spanish conqueror Francisco Pizarro is said to have laid the first stone and is now buried, and then walk to the San Francisco Monastery, known for its catacombs.
Visitors to Lima shouldn't leave without also trying Peru's national dish - ceviche, says Reuters.
Originally eaten by the Incans, thin slices of raw seafood are served with a spicy citrus sauce that both gives the fish flavour and 'cooks' it.
Finally, if you still have the energy after a day spent exploring the city, you can dance the night away at one of Lima's many night spots.
"Head to El Dragon, a hip fusion club that attracts a young crowd in bohemian Barranco," the Reuters guide suggests.
"For a taste of live Peruvian rock music and ample pitchers of the local brew, Cusquena, head to the ever-popular La Noche."