Lima Peru – Originally published when the site was Tourists by Chance.
As always, Giulia and I were looking to start a new adventure! So as most couples do when they are deciding where to visit, we went to our friend Google and typed in ‘best places to visit’. Of course Tripadvisor (which I use religiously) had a great article! And guess which destination was number 1? Machu Picchu, Peru (see the article here) and that’s how we knew, where our big holiday for 2013 was going to be!
Planning for Machu Picchu started with Lima of course. So luckily for us, I also had my parents in Lima (long story) and so we had the luxury of being able to rely on someone ‘local’ to help us with the preparations. We planned to stay in Miraflores, the exclusive part of Lima and we rented an apartment which faced the beach and the beautiful promenade of Miraflores – really is breathtaking. The cost per night was of US$80.00 which was relatively cheap considering the position and the fact we were tourists – yes – in Peru if you are a tourist you ‘have money’ so they do make things expensive!
Overall we spent 3 days in Lima (2 days before leaving for Machu Picchu and one day after).
Day 1 Lima Peru:
We land at Aeropuerto Internacional Jorge Chávez, after a 16 hour flight and waiting for us is Robert. A trusted taxi which my parents organized for us, as they advised not to take taxi’s off the street as it is ‘dangerous’. Robert was our taxi and tour guide throughout the whole time we were in Lima and it was great to have a local (with good English) explain what we were visiting and taking care of us while visiting the ‘not so safe’ places.
We were very lucky. Robert was really great and got gave us a free tour before proceeding to our apartment! He gave us quick tours of Circuito Mágico del Agua, Chorrilos (‘Christ of the Pacific‘ on top of Morro Solar hill).
Once dropped our bags off at our amazing ‘home’ for the next 2 days, we decided to go for a walk on the promenade (known as El Malecón – ‘the boardwalk’) and as most people do, we explored our surrounding area. We came across some beautiful parks during the 10km walk along El Malecón and were lucky to see Intihuatana (the ‘sun anchor’ sculpture), Parque del Amor (‘Park of Love’ with the ‘El beso’ statue), the parasailers, the street dancers, the various cafes until we reached Larcomar. Honestly, we were falling in love with this district of Lima. If you love walking, you will love El Malecón.
We then decided to go ‘crazy’ and walk inwards and walked up Avenida Jose Larco, which led us to Parque Kennedy and Parque Central de Miraflores. Here you find some other cool bars, cafes, restaurants and the huge Saga Falabella store. As you explore the area you will come across various ‘Calles’ (streets) where you will discover some very cool bars (our favourite was Café Bar Habana in Calle Manuel Bonilla).
Day 1 ends (at 10:00pm – at this stage exhausted) with a 4km walk home, after a delicious (yes expensive) and unique experience dinner at La Rosa Nautica. Believe us when we say that this city is worth the stay and not just a stop over.
Day 2 Lima Peru:
After a well deserved 10 hour sleep, we get ready and head towards Parque Kennedy where Giulia (the Italian of the situation) wanted a coffee from Starbucks! So after enjoying our Café Frappuccino we are ready to ‘carpe diem’ and we embark on the most touristy thing one can do and hopped on the Mirabus which took 3 hours altogether and enjoyed that very much! We got to see some great parts of the city but I will not ruin it for you here – its work the US$25.00 per person.
Surprisingly after 3 hours of touring, we seemed to have some energy (must have been that 10 hour sleep!) and decided to head towards Barranco, which is approximately 4km from Parque Kennedy and were we glad we did. Barranco is beautiful! The “casonas” of Barranco are simply amazing and add to the character to this bohemian and romantic district of Lima. Here you will find some really cool bars, clubs, cafes, restaurants and of course ‘Puente de los Suspiros‘. This part of the city is the place to be at day or night! We really did love this place and if we ever have the luxury to visit Lima again, we will make sure to stay here during our stay.
We finally got home after a long day of sightseeing and prepared our things for our amazing trip to Cusco, Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca.
Day 3 in Lima Peru:
I am actually very glad we got this day back in Lima and headed ‘home’ immediately because we used this day to catch up on some well deserved sleep and pack our bags properly. Day 3 was incredibly important for our recovery and to take on the huge day of traveling that awaited us.
What you may like to know about Lima Peru:
Robert can be reached on +51 997 488 867 and a lot of the foreigners living in Lima rely on him because he can be trusted, has a nice fleet of cars and offers a good price. He is always happy to answer any questions on the city etc and the price is great – approximately US$25.00 from the airport to Miraflores.
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What to eat:
Lima Peru is called the gastronomic capital of the Americas and Peruvians pride themselves of their national dishes and who can blame them – they are delicious!
Anticuchos, Papas a la Huancaina, Causa (tuna or chicken), Tamales, Ceviche, Tequeños, Sopa de Quinuo, Pachamanca, Aji de Gallina, Papa Rellena, Arroz con Pollo, Lomo Saltado, Salsa de Aji, Salsa de Palta, Salsa Huancaina, Salsa Verde de Cilantro.
What to drink:
Aguardiente de Pisco (simply Pisco), Pisco Sour, Limonada Peruana, Inca Kola, Chicha Morado.
What it feels like:
Miraflores like any major city with beautiful parks, bars, restaurants and many great sites. Once out of this ‘tourist’ area the reality of South America and Peru can be seen but definitely worth it. Just be careful like any other major city.
Getting around with the locals:
I really recommend Roberto. He is a great guide for Lima and someone you can trust. Robert can be reached on +51 997 488 867 and the prices are very reasonable for the reliability, service and security provided. Robert’s car also has a little tv to make sure the children can keep busy during those longer trips.
Averages a low of 15°C (winter – June to August) and highs of 25°C (summer – December to February). We use holiday-weather.com when organizing our trips as we find this to be the most precise. Humid and cloudy most of the year.
North by Ecuador and Colombia, in the east by Brazil, in the southeast by Bolivia, in the south by Chile and in the west by the Pacific Ocean.