What to do in Lima?
What to do in
Lima is a metropolis of more than 10 million people and that often deters people from visiting. That is a shame because this beautiful city in Peru has so much to offer. Planning about five days for this city is certainly not a luxury. In this post, we show you what to do in Lima.
You can easily reach Lima in Peru with a direct flight from Amsterdam. You will then be on the road for about 13 hours. There are few cities in South America that are so easily accessible. Lima, and by extension Peru, is therefore definitely a destination we would recommend.
In the city itself
1 Plaza de Armas
Plaza de Armas is perhaps the most important square in all of Lima. On this colourful square you will find some important buildings such as the bishop’s Palace, the City Palace and the Government Palace. However, it is the appearance of these buildings that is the main attraction for visiting this square. The streets around Plaza de Armas are also worth a visit. You have seen this part of the city in about two hours.
The arty Barranco district is undoubtedly the most lively district in all of Lima. Because in addition to the many colourful buildings and street art, you also have beautiful plants here. This makes the complete picture! For us personally, this was the beautiful version of Cuba. And in addition to the fun during the day, you can also go out at night. This district is therefore very popular with younger tourists. Barranco is definitely something to do in Lima and should not be missed.
3 Shopping at Larcomar
Larcomar is undoubtedly one of the best places to shop in Lima. In this open-air shopping centre, you have a wonderful view of the sea and the endless beaches. Besides shopping, you can enjoy delicious food in one of the many restaurants. Be aware, however, that this neighbourhood is considerably more expensive than any other place in Lima. We can compare this place to Waterfront in South Africa. Very cosy and nice to see but mainly built to entertain the tourists.
4 Love Park
Near the Larcomar shopping centre, you will find the Love Park. This park, as its name suggests, is romantically landscaped. Not only because of the benches and beautiful plants, but especially because of the fantastic views of the sea and the impressive cliffs. You can also eat delicious pancakes with Nutella here, which makes a date in the park complete. Do not expect a large park, as you will have seen it all in half an hour.
5 Take surf lessons
Something we did not do ourselves but which you can do perfectly well in Lima is learn to surf. The prices start at 25 euros and go up to 100 euros. Equipment rental included. So it is a very low price for a lifetime skill. The low price makes this a popular activity with tourists. Although we did not do it, it belongs in this list of what to do in Lima.
6 Huaca Pucllana
Huaca Pucllana is an archaeological site in the middle of the Miraflores district and can be compared to a pyramid in Egypt. But just a little less beautiful. What makes Huaca Pucllana special is that this pyramid or temple is located in the middle of a residential area. This gives it a special appearance. Are you only visiting Lima for a few days? Then we would skip this trip. The entrance fee is 12 soles (around 3 euros).
If you walk on the boulevard along the coastline in Lima, you can see paragliders coming down from everywhere in the sky. And that’s not surprising, because the view you get here when you jump is incredible. We didn’t try it, but if you want to make the jump, you have to pay 70 euros for it. You will be in the air for only 10 minutes but you will have a lifetime experience!
8 Go out for a nice meal
In Lima, and by extension Peru, the food is of very good quality! There is something for everyone. You even have some restaurants that focus entirely on vegetarian food and in some restaurants even vegan food. Especially in Larcomar and Miraflores you can encounter some toppers! Go out for dinner is undoubtedly part of the experience of this city. Online you can book some food tours through Lima.
Imagine yourself in China in Chinatown. You can not only eat some typical Chinese dishes here, but also go shopping in the 100 shops with various (Chinese) gadgets. All fake brands are also well represented here for very little money. The only disadvantage to this district is the smell and the crowds that prevail. It is quite chaotic.
Huacachina is a village in the middle of the desert. Very impressive and also very well known on the internet, as this city resembles a mirage. From Lima, you can easily reach this city by bus or taxi. The only disadvantage is that you will be on the road for at least 4 hours without traffic jams. Because of this distance, you should stay one night in this beautiful village!