What are the best things to do in Lima?
Those who have already read my blog know that I am sold in Lima. Maybe the fact that it is unloved and unknown to travelers contributes to my desire to change its image. She deserves it. Do not expect love at first sight, Lima is a city that can not be easily discovered and you have to know the good spots to enjoy!
Here are our Top 5 places to see / things to do in Lima!
1. Go to the Plaza de Armas or Plaza Mayor
You will see the Government Palace, the Cathedral and taste the famous Cordano ham sandwich, open since 1905 and listed as a historical monument. This small typical restaurant – which no longer has its former glory – has welcomed the great politicians and all Peruvian presidents (because of its proximity to the Government Palace). Ask for the classic places, the ham sandwich.
2. Visit the catacombs of San Francisco
They are located under the Convent of St. Francis of Assisi built in 1546. Through several underground corridors, there are about 25,000 burials (estimated at 70,000 by some historians). Be aware that although the catacombs are an “expected” moment of the visit, the convent itself is worth the detour.
3. Go to Plaza San Martin
This is one of the most beautiful squares in Lima. Founded in honor of Peru’s independence, there is a monument in the center in honor of General Jose San Martin and surrounded by several buildings of the nineteenth century including the famous Hotel Bolivar (we take the opportunity to taste the pisco sour) which was the most prestigious of the city at one time.
4. Miraflores and Barranco
Take a stroll along the coast of Miraflores and the charming district of Barranco, then watch the sun set over the Pacific, which is one of the best things to do in Lima. You can take the opportunity to walk to LarcoMar, Miraflores shopping center with shops, cafes, bars, restaurants, cinema on the cliff. And as long as you’re in Miraflores, you have to visit the Huaca Pucllana, an adobe complex built 1500 years ago and dine on the terrace of the adjacent restaurant while admiring the illuminated evening site.
5. Have a breakfast at Café Haiti
Located opposite the Parque Kennedy in Miraflores, it is probably the best-known café in Lima. Open since 1962, it has hosted many politicians and intellectuals. The Parque Kennedy is the heart of Miraflores, with its delicious picarones and grandparents dancing to the beat of the Peruvian song classics on weekends. Do not hesitate to go to the Mercado de Surquillo, a few blocks from the park, where you can find all the products of the country: fruits of the jungle (besides, if you want to taste the gastronomy of the jungle in Lima : the restaurant El Aguajal or Amaz), fresh fruit juice, Andean potatoes, fish and seafood from the coast! A nice overview of the richness of Peruvian products.
Where to sleep in Lima?
In Lima, we recommend you to stay in the districts of Barranco or Miraflores. Here are our favorite hotels:
- Inti Killa Hostel : Located in the district of Miraflores, in a quiet street, this small hotel offers beautiful rooms at a very attractive price. The hotel staff is extremely kind and helpful and will advise you for travel and sightseeing. They even give maps of “Metropolitan”, the Lima fast bus! Our favorite of the selection. Around 45 euros per night in a double room
- Casita Libertad Homestay: Hostel located in the district of Barranco. Very clean and well located, perfect for traveling without breaking the bank! From 23 euros per night in a double room.
- JW Marriott Hotel Lima: Hotel 5 * located in the district of Miraflores, it is the most luxurious hotel of Lima, very appreciated by the westerners. From 280 euros per night in a double room
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