5/5 - Excellent
Verified traveller23 Nov 2019
Lima is not only a beautiful city, but also a paradise for foodies; a hidden gem with lovely people and vibrant life!
Spanish colonial houses, exquisite food, musicians in traditional dress, oceanfront entertainment and fine museums make the Peruvian capital a feast for the senses.
Enjoy a culinary and cultural experience in bustling Lima, where the desert meets the coast, where ancient history mixes with 21st-century entertainment and where Peru’s poor hope to get rich.
The settlement along the Rímac River was once inhabited by Incas and earlier civilizations. After the Spanish founded Lima in 1535, they ruled for over 300 years. Today, nearly a third of Peru’s 30 million residents live in the capital. From the slums on the Cerros (hills) and the colorful colonial mansions, to the Catholic churches with Moorish roofs and Chinatown’s red gate, Lima’s urban sprawl is diverse.
Explore Lima’s colonial past in the central Plaza de Armas. A grand palace with marching guards, an ornate cathedral and a 17th-century fountain define this historic square. Sit on a bench and people-watch or browse nearby souvenir shops for brightly colored souvenirs. Tour the Convento y Museo de San Francisco and its 16th-century catacombs. Ride in a horse-drawn carriage or set out on foot and follow the shopping avenues to the monument-rich Plaza San Martin.
Take a metered taxi to the Museo Arqueológico Rafael Larco Herrera in the Pueblo Libre district to see pre-Columbian art, including Moche ceramics from over 2,200 years ago. For oceanfront entertainment, head south to Lima’s fashionable neighborhoods Miraflores and Barranco. Try Peru’s staple seafood dish ceviche or the alcoholic drink pisco sour.
In summer, ocean breezes provide a welcome reprieve from Lima’s desert air and smog. Winter days are mild, but often overcast. Because most Peruvians are poor and Lima attracts the wealthy, crime is an issue. Use the lockers and taxi service of your hotel and stick to the tourist areas.
Lima’s Jorge Chavez International Airport has connections to major global destinations. With daily planes and buses leaving from Lima for the surfing beaches of the Pacific Ocean, the lush Amazon jungle and the snow-capped Andes mountains, this fascinating city is just the start of your Peru adventure.
This affluent suburb is home to picturesque gardens, upscale boutiques and classy restaurants with a panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean.
Climb cliffs for ocean views, before descending the coastal walkway and crossing the Bridge of Sighs to reach the shore.
Learn about Lima’s past by touring the cathedral, palace and churches of its well-preserved historic center. Visit galleries, museums and go on a shopping spree.
Reviewed on 7 Dec,2019
Reviewed on 27 Nov,2019
Visit one of the most important parts of the city with a poignant statue of Peru’s liberator surrounded by elegant buildings.
Spend the day at this award-winning shopping center with an innovative design on the edge of a cliff that overlooks the Pacific Ocean.
Make a wish. If you can cross the entirety of this bridge while holding your breath, it will come true.
Visit the birthplace of Lima. It has an antique fountain at its center surrounded by a majestic cathedral, a palace and colonial buildings.
This pyramid was the hub of activity for an ancient civilization. Now, it stands as an example of architectural ingenuity and a tribute to the Lima Culture.
Wander down one of the city’s most historic boulevards to get a sense of the local culture and see the churches and plazas that surround it.
This fun and dynamic tour of Lima is more than a history lesson, it connects you with the heart and soul of this fascinating Peruvian city, from the people that really know what it's like to live there – the locals.
Larco Herrera Museum Tour Have you ever thought about immersing yourself in the mythical and magical history of the ancient Peruvian civilizations. We have designed a special tour for history , archeology and mysticism lovers.
Witness the fascinating wildlife and the gorgeous rocky cliffs of the Palomino Islands off the coast of mainland Peru. On your way out to this paradise in the Pacific, pass by other stunning islands, and then once you arrive, jump in the refreshing waters to swim alongside sea lions.
Peruvian food is growing in popularity, and this is your chance to see what makes it so special. After hotel pickup, you will enjoy a visit to a market and a cooking class perfect to introduce you to the best dishes in Peruvian cuisine.
Venture 18 miles (30 km) from the bustling city center of Lima to discover the majestic Pachacamac ruins, which date back to 200 A.D. Led by a knowledgeable tour guide, learn about the fascinating history of the Incas and explore the site's pyramid temples and elaborate ceremonial centers.
Greet your courteous driver at your Lima hotel and relax during the direct journey to Jorge Chavez International Airport. Arrive well in advance of your departure flight, having avoided the stress of waiting for a taxi and the hassle of public transport systems.
Verified traveller28 Jul 2019
There isn't much to do, so 3 days was more than enough for me.