7 Essential Things to Do in Lima
When it comes to 7 Things to do in Lima, my number one thing is the food scene that they have.
Lima is the grandest food scene in Latin America. You can eat everything in Lima! The City is a fusion of Amazon, Inka, and the modern world. Lima is a sizable city with many variations and attractions! In the end, it is all about what you want to experience in the city? All the choices are in Lima. There are must-see things in Lima as in any city of the world. Don’t miss them. Important things are: 7 Tasty Places to Eat in the City.
Lima is a great city for walking, and everything can be easily walked to when being in the neighborhood. Lima is the second-highest populated desert City in the world after Cairo. It will not rain when you are walking around. When I stayed in Miraflores, I used the public transportation – Metropolitano System to go into the City Center of Lima. When I was in Barranco and Miraflores, I just walked around.
Or there was this one time I did take a taxi because I was tired of walking. . .
7 Things to do in Lima
No need for more than 2-3 days when exploring Lima. It is a great city but it’s easy to cover and discover. I will give 7 essential things to do in Lima when being there for a short time or maybe just layover with connecting flight further on in South America. Lima is one of the biggest connecting hub between Europe and South America.
I had 5 days in Lima, that gave me time to even charge my battery and not rush it. I could have easily done it with only 48 hours. In fact: My German friend only used a half-day waiting for his connecting flight to Germany. We did a lot on that half day. If you are machine it is possible to discover a great part of Lima in a very short time.
1. The Lima Gourmet Company
If you have a short time this tour is a must do! Great introduction to the food scene of Lima and the neighborhoods; Miraflores and Barranco. The Lima Gourmet will show some of the main attractions in Lima. Make you dive into the amazing food scene of Lima. In the end of the tour; you will know how to make Ceviche and Pisco Sour.
The last stop is a gourmet Peruvian lunch and dessert with the pre-Incan ruins at la Huaca Pucllana. The Lima Gourmet Company is a bit expansive but again its great value for your money. I don’t regret it, even do it was a bit expansive for my backpacking budget.
2. La Huaca Pucllana (Museo de Sitio)
I think this is a really great site to discover. I went there with the Lima Gourmet Company. I wish, I had used more time there. Actually entered the ruins and walked around, seen more and discover more of its history.
Having a gourmet Peruvian lunch and dessert with the pre-Incan ruins at la Huaca Pucllana wasn’t bad choice either. It is pretty spectacular because when having a divine lunch you are also indulged in the mesmerizing view of the ruins.
3. Discovering Miraflores with WiFi Everywhere
It is very commercial and has casinos, fancy hotels, great shopping and tourists. Miraflores has a bit of everything, I don’t think I’m lying when I’m saying it’s the posh area of Lima. I had two days in Miraflores.
In Miraflores walk the beautiful boardwalk with the view of the Pacific ocean. Or hit the beach, either by yourself or by surfing. I was more than happy with just the boardwalk (Saving the beach time for Galápgos) Stopping at Larcomar Shopping Center for some fresh juice and nice place to relax before going to Miraflores Central Park aka Kennedy Park and visiting 50 cats.
4. Barranco and the Bohemian lifestyle
In a 10 min taxi drive from Miraflores you have Barranco the true soul of Lime. In Barranco everything is more authentic and bohemian in the atmosphere. This is the area where the local lives and this is where you go and eat with the Peruvians next to your table. I loved walking around in Barranco and discovering all the great places to eat and just enjoy the neighborhood.
In the old streets of Barranco there is a bridge – Puente De Los Suspiros. Their is a tradition, that if someone cross the bridge without breathing the first time it sees its, he or she will have a wish granted. This is the spot where the locals and tourists encounter. Often there is live music playing. It is a great area for walking and photography.
5. Free walking tour in Centro de Lima
In the City Center sign up for a free walking tour to get the history about the building and the important sites of Lima. This is something you should do, because it is a beautiful walk with great architecture from Viceroyalty times and a view of today’s life. Plaza Mayor the heart of Lima is where your walking tour will start.
6. San Francisco and the Catacombs where 75 000 bodies lie
I didn’t go to the catacombs, wasn’t sure if I was going to freak out or not. I decided just to take picture outside. It is a very famous site to visit. Feel free to get nightmares whenever you are in Lima.
7. Drink Pisco Sour and eat Cecivhe
Why you have to do this? Because if not you haven’t been in Lima neither in Peru. Definitely have stop at La Mar De Gaston in Miraflores. La Mar is number 12 out of Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants.
Seafood specialist Andrés Rodríguez hypnotize diners with a vast array of Ceviche. Definitely have some Chalaca de Causas to cure any hangover of to many Pisco Sour.
Have you been and what was your favorite things to do in Lima?
My favorite thing in Lima was eating.