Plaza de Armas (or Plaza Mayor as some call it) is one of the prettiest city squares I’ve come across and is one of the main sights in Peru’s capital city of Lima.
Although it’s a fair distance from the more modern district of Miraflores, I loved this historic centre where big beautiful buildings including palaces, cathedrals, City Hall and Government buildings make up the square’s walls.
Around the edge of the square it was teeming with people and noise at nighttime – cars honked their way around the main square, taxi drivers shouted out of their windows to passersby, the side streets were crammed full of people selling souvenirs and queuing for street food.
But the centre of the square, with its huge water fountain in the middle, seemed to have a calmer atmosphere, even though it is just a step away from the crowds of people and speeding cars.
Whether you’re watching the changing of the guards by day or soaking up the atmosphere at night, Lima’s Old Town is beautiful at any time of day.