Lima was one of the places that completely surprised us. Many people advised us not to spend too much time there – well we ended up spending a week there because we liked it so much.
Like in Medellin we were able to witness modern South America in Lima. We stayed in Miraflores, with Barranco, one of the wealthier and more modern neighborhoods.
One day we walked along the coastline on the Malecon Promenade, enjoying sea and sun with hip locals biking, inline skating and jogging. From there you can admire surfers all along the coast – one of the favorite sports of Limeños.
For the cultural part we took a free walking tour as well as a bus tour by night. The centro historico features colonial buildings, impressing cathedrals and large plazas. At night we visited the fountains with their magical light shows.
Right in town around the corner from our hostel we visited the archeological site of Huaca Pucllana of the Lima culture.
Besides the cultural aspects we spent the majority of our time eating and drinking in the gastronomical capital of South America.
We ate churros (big ones with ledge that can be found in downtown), ceviche in all different colors and types, causas, chaufas, Lomo saltado and had plenty of Pisco drinks.
Our highlight was a visit to one of the world’s top 10 restaurants Maido where we enjoyed a 13 course Nikkei menu – a fusion of Japanese and Peruvian cuisine.
Thanks to Victor and Rafael we saw some of Lima’s trendiest bars and restaurants.
- Inka Frog Exclusive B&B: perfect location and nice rooms.
- Malecon walk from Miraflores to Barranco
- Nightlife with Victoria Bar, Barra 55, Destilería and Open
- Restaurants like Cala along the beach, Maido, La Red. also Mercado is supposed to be amazing but we didn’t get a table:-).