If you are traveling to Lima on your way to Cusco and Machu Picchu, do not forget to do these 5 things in Peruvian capital. Lima is most of the time underrated, given the fact that the heart of Peruvian tourism lies far away from the coast. But nevertheless, Lima is diverse metropolis definitely worth a visit, if even just for few days.
Things to know before your trip:
- OFFICIAL LANGUAGE: Spanish
- LOCAL TIME: UTC -5
- POPULATION: 9.752.000
- CURRENCY: Peruvian Sol
- PAYMENT: In most places paying with credit card is no issue. Although have some Sols in you pocket for taxi.
- SAFETY: Like any large Latin American city, Lima has it’s fair share of crime. The most common offense is theft, such as muggings. But no matter what, do not resist robbery! There are some areas know to be safest, like Miraflores and San Isidro
- BEST TIME TO VISIT – The best time to visit Lima is in Summer that is from December – February, although the weather is stable all year-long.
We visited Lima in October for a week and here are my suggestions on what you need to do before you leave the city.
1. MIRAFLORES VIEW POINT
From all the attractions in Lima, I was mostly looking forward to this one, spending a sunset with Blaz at the cliff overlooking Pacific and parachuting volunteers. The view-point is located on the other side of the bridge next to Parque del Amor. It was beautiful but I’ve heard the view is even better in Summer.
2. PARQUE DEL AMOR
If you are traveling in company or even if you are a single traveler, Parque del Amor is a must. It is dedicated to all lovers out there, but for those coming there single, you will fall in love – with the view over Pacific Ocean.
3. BARRANCO NEIGBORHOOD
Barranco is known as the most romantic and bohemian neighborhood in Lima. Rainbow houses, art galleries, shops, restaurants and so much more. Make sure you stop by the Main Square, La Catedral, Bajada de los Banos and Bridge of sights. It is also known for delicious Peruvian restaurants, such as Isolina Taberna Peruana or I would advise you to try ceviche at La Canta Rana.
4. VISIT PLAZA MAYOR
Plaza Mayor is a spacious city square in historic part of Lima surrounded by some of the most recognized attractions in Lima. You can find here the government palace and the 16th century Cathedral of Lima.
5. TRY OUT CEVICHE AND INKA KOLA
These two things are mandatory when you are traveling to Lima or Peru in general. At first I was kind of hesitatated to try ceviche, but it turned out to be one of the best things I’ve tried lately and from that day ceviche was on my plate every single day in Lima. Add their own creation Inka Kola and your lunch will be complete!
CONVINCED ALREADY AND LOOKING FOR HOTEL?
There are plenty of hotels in Lima, but if you are looking for the one with the best view in the city, read more here…
Hope my ideas and pictures have inspired you to visit beautiful Lima!