Lima is the capital of Peru and a city very much loved by foreigners and expats. The city got founded in 1535 and was given the name ´City of Kings´. Over time, this name changed into Lima. In 1988, UNCESO declared the historic center of Lima a World Heritage Site due to its originality and high concentration of historic monuments constructed in the time of Spanish presence. Nowadays, it is mostly the international fame for the Peruvian cuisine is what attracts most people. But there is more, much more...
Here is our top 5 list with things to do in Lima.
Lima has placed itself on the list of having the best restaurants in the world. Famous for its Asian-Peruvian and French-Peruvian Fusion, there are restaurants for all preferences. Would you like to learn how you can make a Peruvian dish yourself? Chaska Tours also offers culinary tours, in which the real top cooks show you their secrets.
Miraflores and Barranco
These two neighborhoods are favorite with foreigners, and it is very understandable why. With a very nice park that offers a 10km walk all along the cliff that borders the sea, a stroll around Miraflores lets you enjoy Lima at it´s best. Furthermore, does Miraflores have many restaurants and bars and are there many opportunities for a jog, bike ride, playing tennis or any other activity. Do you want to see Lima from a different perspective? There is the possibility to go parapenting from the neighborhood of Miraflores, above the cliffs and the sea in front of Lima. With a tandem flight you will fly approximately 30 minutes with an instructor and you will enjoy views of Lima that no one else will see.
Barranco is seen as the most romantic and bohemian neighborhood of Lima. With many artists, galleries, coffee cafes and little restaurants, this neighborhood is extremely popular. It is the home and working place of many of Peru's leading artists, musicians, designers and photographers and the hang-out place for the surfers that frequent the waves in front of Miraflores and Barranco
Historic Center and Plaza de Armas
The Historic Center of Peru is the main tourist attraction in Lima and got declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988. A walk around the Historic Center will lead you around the history of Lima and its most important buildings, such as the Archbishop Palace, the Basilica, the house of Aliaga: the oldest house of Lima, the church of San Francisco and many more.
It will also lead you along the Plaza Mayor, also known as the Plaza de Armas, the main square, where Lima got founded in 1535. It also makes for a perfect stop to sit down and watch the Limeños pass by in their daily activities.
The most important museum of Lima, The Larco Museum is a privately owned museum of pre-Columbian art which tells you the story of over 4.000 years of Peruvian pre-Columbian history. Not only the collection of the museum is worth your time, but also the building in which it is located: an 18th-century building built over a 7th-century pre-Columbian pyramid.
Visit the organic market
Every Saturday, the BioFeria is held at 5 minutes walking distance from Miraflores. This is the biggest organic market of Lima and a festivity for those enjoying organic, vegetarian and/or vegan food. There is a rising interest in Lima for organic food, and this market is the main place where you can smell and see why.