At first glance, busy Lima may not seem like the most kid-friendly city. The best breaks from sightseeing are the Circuito Mágico del Agua, a water park with colored fountains and a nightly light show; and the Miraflores malecón, or boulevard, where you’re likely to spot paragliders taking off for tandem flights above the coastline. Older kids might enjoy some of Lima’s more offbeat attractions, such as the ancient (4th c. a.d.) adobe pyramid Huaca Pucllana; Museo Arqueológico Rafael Larco Herrera, the world’s greatest collection of pre-Columbian ceramics (though you might wish to exercise discretion when faced with showing the children the Sala Erótica’s explicit forms); and the catacombs at Convento de San Francisco, with neat stacks of thousands of human bones that kids will find either creepy or cool, or perhaps both. For those enamored of horses, check out the Peruvian Paso horses and shows of this unique, prancing breed (information from Asociación Nacional de Caballos Peruanos de Paso). If the city center becomes overwhelming, do as many Limeños do and head to the more easygoing seaside districts of Barranco and Chorrillos.

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