Peru’s capital is a huge city fanning out on a desert plain along the Pacific coast. It was here that Francisco Pizarro founded his new capital in 1535 after conquering the Incan empire, calling it the City of Kings. Extraordinary collections at the National Museum, Museo Larco and National Archaeology and Anthropology Museum reveal the splendor of Peru’s pre-conquest civilizations. Colonial development centered on the Plaza Mayor, location of the Government Palace (home of Peru's president) and the baroque Cathedral of Lima. All over the city, restaurants compete to serve the tastiest, most artfully presented ceviche -- fresh, lime-marinated seafood, best savored with a Pisco Sour, Peru’s national drink.