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The Free Town

Pueblo Libre gets its name from the revolutionary hero Jose de San Martin, who bequeathed the district the label of "Free Town" in honor of its residents' actions during the Peruvian War of Independence. It's one of the best places to get a sense of Lima's (and Peru's) history: Here lies the country's oldest and biggest museum, the National Museum of Archaeology, Anthropology and History, as well as the Museo Larco, which boasts its own topnotch collection of pre-Columbian artifacts. And then there's the Cross of the Traveler (La Cruz del Viajero), a 17th-century monument to which all manner of journeyers and wayfarers would pray for safety during their travels. Feel free to do the same.

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