Even though Lima is the largest city and the capital of Peru, it is often only used as a gateway to the interior regions of the country.
Tourists often come to Peru to visit the famous Machu Picchu Mountains and the Sacred Valley of the Incas both situated in the north of the country. However, what they often miss out on is the opportunity to spend a few wonderful days in this beautiful coastal city.
If you plan on going to Peru, you should definitely take out time for the following activities:
- Hire a bike: Mirabici is a bike rental service which also offers guided tours that can take you through to several districts, including Miraflores, Barranco, San Isidro and Chorrillos. Their stand is conveniently located at Larcomar. And since they take tourists around on bikes, they are able to go to the narrow streets which the bigger vehicles usually miss out. Therefore, the service is ideal for exploring and forming an intimate connection with the city, while also getting workout done.
- Go to El Circuito Mágico del Agua: Translated as ‘magic water circuit,’ El Circuito Mágico del Agua is a water and light show held every night at the Parque de la Reserva. The park has 13 water fountains, and in the dark of the night, they come alive with a dance performance supported by colored lights, lasers and music.
- Have ceviche: You simply cannot miss out on ceviche in Lima. It is a hugely popular dish in Peru and is made with raw fish cured in lime or lemon. It’s typically served for lunch with white corn, red onions and sweet potato.. Some of the most popular ceviche serving outlets in Lime include La Mar, Punta Sal, Pescados Capitales and El Punto Azul.
- Tour the city with Mirabus: Mirabus is a bus tour service that covers various routes within Lima and for a few days every month, it also takes visitors to the neighboring towns. If you are interested in taking a tour of the historic center of Lima then Mirabus is the best choice. However, you will have to keep in mind that this is not a hop-on-hop-off bus service; therefore you won’t be able to linger at one destination alone. The tour last around 4 hours and costs 70 soles for each person.
- Shop and gaze out to sea from Larcomar: Larcomar is an amazing shopping center, located in the Miraflores district of Lima. The most unique aspect of this shopping market is its location. It is built on a cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean and therefore offers wonderful sights to visitors. At Larcomar, you can shop at boutiques, eat dinner, or enjoy a cup of frozen yoghurt with a stunning view. And if the day is clear, you can also watch paragliders flying above your head.
- Play with cats at Parque Kennedy: You will find Limeños to be some of the most cat loving people on Earth. To witness their affection for felines, you can visit Parque Kennedy which is situated in central Miraflores.
This park is not home to more than 100 cats. These cats are cared for by the surrounding community which feeds, vaccinates and provides veterinary care to them.
According to a famous legend, these cats were brought here by priests of a local church as they wanted to get rid of a rat infestation. However, the cats made their way to the park, which is now home to an entire cat colony.
Where to stay in Lima
Lima is the third-largest city in South America and consists of more than 30 districts. We cover 3 of the most important ones for visitors to know of. If you wish to book a hotel in any of these districts, you can do so by logging onto our hotel portal at FindLateHotel.
Miraflores is one of the most popular districts for travelers to stay in. It is fairly upscale and therefore one of the safest places in Lima. The district is also located right next to the sea and therefore you can enjoy beautiful views by just walking on its streets. Miraflores also offers a wide variety of accommodation options, ranging from backpacker hostels to five-star hotels and is suitable for people of all budgets.
This is one of the hipper districts of the city and has an exciting night life. If you want to stay close to the action, then Barranco will be a good place for you as it is home to all the famous bars, clubs and restaurants in Lima. There are many cool structures in this area too, such as huge mansions that date back to the colonial period.
One of the posher areas of Lima, the neighborhoods in San Isidro are all upscale and occupied with high-end or boutique hotels. San Isidro is known for its amazing golf course, country clubs, and centuries-old olive groves.
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