Top 10 Things to Do in Lima
- Downtown Lima Walking Tour — A customized walking tour of Lima’s historic city center with embedded maps, pictures and a detailed description of the route.
- Miraflores Walking Tour — A customized walking tour of the upscale Miraflores district passing by Parque Kennedy, Calle de las Pizzas, Larcomar, Parque del Amor and more.
- Barranco Walking Tour — A customized walking tour of the bohemian Barranco district including the Puente de los Suspiros, Parque Municipal, Paseo Saenz Peña and more.
- La Punta del Callao — The upscale La Punta district of Callao next to the largest Pacific seaport in South America offers history, architecture, naval culture, boat tours and rocky beaches.
- Magic Water Circuit — The Magic Water Circuit is a family-friendly water-fountain show in downtown Lima’s Parque de la Reserva. If you don’t have children, it’s an easy, cheap date.
- Huaca Pucllana — Visit the 1,600-year-old adobe pyramid built to get a glimpse of what life was like in Lima before the arrival of the Spaniards. Conveniently located in Miraflores.
- Paragliding — Get the best view of the city by flying high over Miraflores with a professional paragliding instructor. The take-off point is just next to Parque del Amor in the Malecon.
- Lima Bike Tour — A custom bicycle tour passing through Miraflores, San Isidro, Lince, downtown Lima, Jesus Maria and more. Embedded Google map and detailed description of the route.
- Lima Shantytown Tour — Get off the beaten path and feel a little culture shock with a “reality tour” of the hillside shantytowns in the impoverished Villa El Salvador district.
- Gastronomy — Peruvian food is the world’s best for five years running according to the World Travel Awards. Learn more about the best traditional dishes to eat while in Lima.
- Real Felipe Fortress — This 18th-century fortress has been converted into a museum showcasing Peru’s military history. Located just outside the entrance to La Punta del Callao.
- Cathedral of Lima — Arguably the most iconic building in the city, the awe-inspiring Cathedral is also home to one of the country’s most significant collections of religious art. Located in the Plaza de Armas.
- MALI Lima Art Museum — This cultural icon is Peru’s most important art museum, with pieces spanning 3,000 years of history categorized in pre-Columbian, Colonial, Republican and Modern galleries. Located in downtown Lima.
- National Museum of Archaeology, Anthropology and History of Peru — Peru’s most important history museum, located in a Pueblo Libre mansion where Latin American independence fighter Simon Bolivar temporarily resided.
- Larco Museum — One of Peru’s best pre-Columbian museums with an emphasis on pre-Inca cultures such as the Moche, known for its erotic pottery. Located in Pueblo Libre.
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- Ceviche — Peru’s signature dish, a raw-fish salad.
- Aji de Gallina — Creamy sauce with chicken over rice.
- Arroz con Pato — Rick with Duck, commonly found with chicken instead of duck (Arroz con Pollo).
- Causa — Lima’s signature dish is a mashed-potato cake stuffed with chicken or tuna salad.
- Lomo Saltado — Peruvian steak-and-potatoes stir-fry is a favorite among the less experimental eaters.
- Tacu Tacu — Afro-Peruvian creation is a fried mold of beans-and-rice mold served with meat or fish.
- Seco de Cordero — Slow-stewed lamb dish, a throwback from the Moorish legacy in Spain.
- Carapulcra — Afro-Peruvian signature dish is a tangy pork dish served with rice or Sopa Seca.
- Chifa — Tens of thousands of Chinese laborers immigrated to Peru in the 19th century, ultimately spawning the Peruvian-Chinese fusion cuisine known as “chifa.”
- Anticuchos — Barbecued cow hearts are one of Lima’s typical late-night foods. Tastes like a tough steak.
- Chicharron Sandwich — Fried-pork, fried sweet potato and onion make up the king of sandwiches in Lima.
- Papa a la Huancaina — Cold potato smothered in a rich cheese sauce is a typical appetizer during the hot summer.
- Sangrecita — Cooked chicken blood spiced up with onion and garlic, served with various starches. For blood-sausage connoisseurs.
- Suspiro de Limeña — Lima’s signature dessert is a hyper-sweet parfait made from milk, eggs and sweet red wine.
- Picarones — Lima’s most popular dessert is a plate of fried doughnuts drizzled in fig honey.
- Chicha Morada — Purple-corn juice, a refreshing drink in the Lima summer.
- Inca Kola — Peru’s flagship soft drink, a plutonium-colored soda which tastes like bubble gum.
- Pisco Sour — Peru’s signature cocktail is made of the grape-based spirit, pisco.
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