Lima Chosen to Host the 2018 Summit of the Americas

April 21, 2018

The City of Kings was just that this past weekend, hosting many world leaders and representatives in attendance at the Summit of Americas.


For someone out of touch with the changing political climate in South America, Lima may seem an odd choice for a gathering of the American Continent’s most noteworthy decision-makers. For those with their ear to the ground, Peru’s capital seemed like a shoe-in. This was not Lima’s first political rodeo – in 2016 and 2017 the seaside city played host to APEC, attended by Barack Obama among many others, which went off without a hitch. Lima is actually the only city that has hosted this prestigious event two years in a row. Last weekend’s Summit of the Americas was attended by notable names such as US Vice President Mike Pence, Ivanka Trump, and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.


Lima is a natural choice for such an event for many reasons: An agreeable climate and breathtaking Pacific views tend to go over well with conference-goers. The city is easily accessible with daily nonstop flights to most major North and South American airports. Lima’s hotel and tourism infrastructure is next to nothing phenomenal compared to its South American counterparts. And the food… These days it comes as no surprise to most travelers in hearing that Lima is the new gastronomic capital of the world, a title that has been marinating since long before Columbus crashed into that rock.


However, Lima is not just a playground for politicians. Over the course of the last decade, the city has been nudging Buenos Aires out as the new cosmopolitan capital of South America. Whether for the food, the weather, the surf or the people, Latin America’s socialite crowd has chosen Lima as their new favorite weekend-escape destination. In keeping with the increasing levels of visitors to Lima, the city has ramped up its security measures as well, and is now safer than ever for travelers. A sign of the increased comfort and demand in travel to Lima, top restaurants are starting to book up at least six months in advance, spas are gaining attention with treatments inspired by ancient Incan traditions, and the city’s many hip hotels are running fuller than ever.

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One hotel in particular has been gaining popularity with guests wishing to avoid the attention and orthodoxy found in the city’s more conventional five-star hotels. Atemporal Hotelito offers discerning guests every luxury amenity to be craved, but from a chic nine room hideaway in a leafy oasis just minutes from the action of downtown Miraflores. As popular for buyouts as it is for solo travelers, Atemporal has gained a bit of a cult following and created its own niche in luxury Lima accommodations.


Securing the seat as host city for the Summit of the Americas is Lima’s latest accomplishment in the recent trend that has elevated the coastal capital to be commonly regarded as a world-class destination. South American city-skippers have been privy to the treasures of the City of Kings for some time, but inbound tourism to Lima is expected to continue increasing over the next decade. Local hoteliers continue to develop unique hotel projects, the city continues to invest in its own infrastructure, and events like the American Summit send a message to the world that Lima has received the stamp of approval: this is a cosmopolitan city, and one that should be on every globetrotter’s hit-list.


To discover how to explore Lima’s world-class offerings, contact Atemporal at reservations@atemporal.pe or call +51-1-700-5106 or, if you are in the US, 1-347-713-7030/34.

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