Peruvian capital of Lima
Are you planning to travel to Peru on your next vacation? Well if you are, then you will want to spend some time in the Peruvian capital of Lima. Lima has undergone a drastic transformation in recent years and now is a great location to spend a few days of your holiday. Here, we will provide you with a list of what we believe to be the best things to do in Lima, Peru.
Lima has a wide variety of activities to do for everyone, from exploring ancient tombs, mines and ruins for the history buff to eating to your heart’s content for the foodie, you will never be short of something to do.
Plaza de Armas
Let us start in the centre of the city with the historic Plaza de Armas; the history of the city centre is interesting, with impressive buildings like the Government Palace and the Archbishops Palace. At the Plaza, you will also find the Cathedral, which you should take the time to visit. Not far from the Plaza is the Convent of San Francisco, this is one of many Colonial churches in central Lima but this church stands out because it is so well preserved and holds historical importance.
There is a library with over 25000 ancient texts from the Spanish Colonial times but what most people want to see is the Catacombs. It is not only where the rich and powerful were buried but it was also used as one of the main cemeteries of Lima. There are an estimated 75000 bodies buried on site and you can see the piles of bones and skulls on display.
The Huaca Pucllana ruins are one of the few sites that remains from the historic pre-Columbian period of Peru. It is believed that the site was once a ceremonial centre that would have been used for spiritual ceremonies and sacrifices, it is said to have been built around 500AD. Today, the modern suburb of Miraflores surrounds the site and there are daytime tours that you can or alternatively, you can visit the site at night for a different experience.
Overlooking the ocean is the suburb of Miraflores. Along the coast, there are footpaths that you can take to walk along the coastal suburb or along the green coast, you can also hire bikes and cycle along the cliff sides.
The modern shopping centre of Larco Mar has one of the best views of the coast anywhere around, so it is highly recommended that you take the time to visit the shopping centre or alternatively, Larco Mar also happens to have some nice restaurants with great food and views of the coast.
If you love beaches then make sure to visit Lima in the summer months. The most popular beaches in Lima are at Barranco and Chorillos. On the weekends, these beaches are very full and it is hard to find a spot as all the local people flock to enjoy a day at the beach. If you are the adventurous type, you might like to try Paragliding. Along the Costa Verde, you can find companies that offer a 10-minute experience with an instructor, and it is well worth it just for the views of the coast and the ocean.
You may have heard of the famous Peruvian cuisine, so what are the best restaurants Lima Peru, you ask? Well, Lima is full of top quality restaurants, Central and Maido are two of these and to get a table, you need to make a reservation month in advance. Nevertheless, while in Lima, be sure to experience all types of food including street food like Ceviche; the national fish dish of Peru.
Lima has a great nightlife scene, so if you get the chance, go to a traditional Peruvian Peña. Peñas are music venues where traditional Peruvian music is played by a live band, these venues could be small houses or large venues. Try to find a traditional Peña like La Oficina or Don Portirio, both are located in Barranco.
If you love to dance than Lima if full of bars, discos and salsa clubs, the Miraflores and Barranco areas is where you will find the most clubs, so make sure to check out your guidebook for advice on where to go.
Barranco is a must to visit while you are in Lima; considered to be the artist quarter of Lima, the suburb is full of lovely old houses and the main square features enormous gardens and the Barranco library. Barranco is full of great nightclubs and great restaurants with good Peruvian food, just a short ride from Miraflores by taxi.One of the principle reason people travel to Peru is to see Machu Picchu. The journey to the sacred ruin is easy, so here is some advice on getting from Lima to Machu Picchu.
The quickest way is by taking a flight from Lima airport to the Inca city of Cusco, located high in the Peruvian Andes. After taking a few days to acclimatize, you can either do one of the many treks to Machu Picchu, most of which take 4 days or you can go on a day trip to Machu Picchu by train. There are several different train services that go to Machu Picchu daily, so depending on your budget there will be a train for you.
Take the time to visit Lima and experience the mix of ancient cultures and modern-day activities that this great city has to offer, what are you waiting for?!