Few board games are more iconic than Monopoly. And now Hasbro, the game’s maker, is about to release an international version of Monopoly where the famed street names will be replaced by city names. And what city gets top billing, the equivalent of the regular game’s Boardwalk property? None other than Lima, Peru.
Fans of Monopoly are apparently also big fans of Lima as it was fan voting that made the city the winner for the new game, to be called Monopoly Here & Now: World Edition. And why not? Lima offers visitors all kinds of treats: Surfers don’t have to leave town to catch a wave in the Pacific Ocean, and golfers don’t have to go any farther than the city’s financial district to find the greens. History and architecture buffs will delight at a visit to Lima’s pre-Columbian temple, maybe before heading to Astrid y Gaston for a sumptuous meal; the eatery has been named one of the Top 10 best restaurants in all of Latin America (and the city has two more on that list!)
Vibrant nightlife, lots of cultural festivals and the UNESCO World Heritage Site in Lima’s city center all add to the colorful personality of a place that is also the jumping-off point for visits to Machu Picchu, the stunning Incan citadel located high in the Andes Mountains. No wonder Lima beat out places like London, Hong Kong and Tokyo in the Monopoly competition!
The Monopoly Here & Now: World Edition is available for purchase now. For help in planning a trip to Lima and other parts of Peru go here.