Lima, Peru

6 Experiences Not to Miss in Lima, Peru

In Lima, the capital and largest city in Peru, you will find bustling city life, rich culture, and eye-catching architecture. Lima offers so much to see and do that it would require several trips to truly discover it all.

Because Lima offers a wide variety of things to do and may overwhelm newcomers, I have come up with a list of six things that every traveller should experience during their visit to the “City of Kings”.

Lima’s Historic Downtown

Many visitors to Lima stay in the Miraflores district which is the newer area of the city.  Make sure to take a taxi to the historic downtown area where the Plaza de Armas is located.  The vibrant golds and rich colours are sure to catch your attention as you walk through the streets. Large colonial structures with meticulously detailed features are everywhere you look. The cathedral of Lima Beautiful Baroque Renaissance Cathedral with its stunning wood-carved ceilings and eerie catacombs is not to be missed. 

Plaza de Armas, Lima
Plaza de Armas, Lima

Street Food Carts

An absolute delight to the palate is the array of street food vendors in the city. There are endless options for tasty dishes.  Several famous chefs own street carts found in Lima, which are known for their high-quality food. Look for food carts with lots of locals lined up!

Museo Larco

Museo Larco is housed in a restored 18th-century vice-royal mansion surrounded by breathtaking gardens that are worth the visit alone. Inside you’ll find a collection of Inca and pre-Columbian artifacts dating back over 5000 years.  Stunning Inca gold treasures and an interesting collection of erotic pottery are both featured.  The museum is also home to a fantastic restaurant serving Peruvian specialties in a garden setting.

Museo Larco Gardens

Try Pisco on a Walking Tour

Native to Peru, Pisco is a light brandy that is created by the winemakers of the nation. The foamy sour drink infused with bitters is favoured by connoisseurs from all over the world. If Pisco is too bitter for your palette, have it mixed with ginger ale, splashes of lime juice, and topped with a cherry. This tasty option is named the Chilcano. There are numerous “free” walking tours of Lima that offer a Pisco tasting. Your local guide is working for tips alone and will typically offer an exceptional local experience, so make sure you tip accordingly.  

Pisco Walking Tour
Pisco Walking Tour ©InspiredTravelAdventures 2019

Discover Boho Barranco

As the country’s trendiest and most artistic region, Boho Barranco attracts many visitors to its streets.

Sitting atop a ravine, the views from the district seem endless as you wind through the streets to find all kinds of charming little galleries, museums, and boutiques selling artisan goods. In many galleries, guests can get hands-on and witness how art is made and engage their artistic side. 

Barranco Store
Shop in Barranco ©InspiredTravelAdventures 2019

Explore Lima’s Coastline

Along the coastline, you will find an assortment of entertaining things to do along the water’s edge.  Enjoy stunning views from cliffs’ edge at El Malecon de Miraflores, take pictures with your loved one at the sculpture of two lovers, shop at the boutique shops of Larcomar or head to the beach for some fun in the Pacific Ocean. Keep in mind the water is quite cold!

Lima's Coastline

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6 Experiences Not to Miss in Lima, Peru

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