The historical center of Lima is home to several protected historical monuments dating back to Spanish colonial styles of 15th and 16th century. There are hundreds of other monuments belonging to 17th and 18th century. The region attracts tourists from across the world to relish its rich cultural background and architecture.
Lima has dozens of pre-Columbian ceremonial sites and colonial churches. Most of the sites have remained in a state of neglect for many years and fear risk of collapsing in the event of an earthquake. The maintenance of the historical monuments is overdue and has been subjected to apathy of Peruvian government due to lack of funds.
Finally, the government has come up with a plan to seek private investments and has requested entrepreneurs to take up the restoration project in which 200 monuments in the historic center will be restored. They are considering offering tax incentives to entrepreneurs who are willing to invest and protect country’s rich cultural heritage.
The plans are also in place to create a tourist corridor to link el Parque de la Reserva to the Alameda de los Descalzos. Visitors can witness a number of important monuments between these two sites like el Parque de la Explosición, el Palacio del Gobierno and many more.
The restoration project will give a boost to tourism in the city. The government plans to promote the monuments with activities that will simultaneously popularize culture, food and jewelry in the country. Already more than 900 shops have been relocated from the historical center to carry out the renovation drive smoothly.
TurismoCuida, a non-profit organization run by nine companies jointly focuses to protect, conserve, educate and promote smart tourism in the country. The organization conducts a national level contest where participants are supposed to submit a project report that promotes sustainable tourism in the country. Restoration of buildings and monuments has been an important element in the project. The organization selects multiple projects with new ideas and sponsors their project. Such initiatives by private companies are really helping to reform the city’s landscape. Moreover, Ministry of Culture and Tourism has provided unconditional support to restore the historical center.
Previously, the city had successfully organized restoration projects during 1995 – 2002 under Mayor Alberto Andrade tenure where an innovative “adopt a balcony” program was launched and many plazas were restored including Plaza de Armas.
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