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Things to See and Where to Eat in Lima, Peru
Lima, the Peruvian capital is often overlooked by adventurous explorers looking to make their way to Machu Picchu or Lake Titicaca. I was amongst those tourists who stopped over in the desert city just for a day before starting the Inca Trail from Cusco to Machu Picchu and I'll be happy to share my research on things to do there.
So what's there to do during a 24-hour or so span in this ancient city? Keep reading!
"Miraflores" is the nicest district in Lima
Miraflores is an upscale area where some of the best hotels are located. The area doesn't just have hotels and shopping though, there's also an archeological site - Huaca Pucllana, if you're into history.
Attractions in Lima
What better way to learn about a country and its people then to spend a couple of hours wandering the streets, seeing the sights, and eating the local food?
Below are some suggestions of things to do on your short trip to Lima:
- Museo de Oro (Gold Museum): Check out gold items like masks, sacrificial knives and nose rings), weapons, and textiles dating back to pre-Inca times. Address: Alonso de Molina 1100, Monterrico, Surco; Hours: Monday to Sunday of 10:30am to 6:00pm; Price: 33 Nuevo Sol (about $13 USD).
- Museo de la Nacion (The National Museum): Learn about Peru's rich history at the largest museum in the city which includes scale models of temples, ruins and archaeological sites and tells the story of Peru. Address: Av. Javier Prado Este 2465, San Borja; Free entrance.
- Museo Larco: If you're interested in seeing an extensive collection of Inca pottery, this place is for you! Address: Av. Bolivar 1515, Pueblo Libre; Hours: Daily, 9am to 10pm.
- Shop at the local craft market, Artisan Market: The Artisan Market is the place to go for hand-made crafts, ceramics and jewelry from all around Peru. Address: Av. de la Marina, Pueblo Libre.
- Walk around the Historic Center and at noon, see the changing of the guards in the Palacio de Govierno.
Where To Go in Lima
The Best Restaurants in LimaClick thumbnail to view full-size
Popular Foods of Peru
You're in Peru, so what's for dinner? How about some roasted guinea pig!
Guinea pig, called cui in Spanish is a typical dish in this part of the word. It actually tastes like rabbit and has a crispy skin.
Where to Eat in Lima
Regardless of being really short on time, you still need to eat. So choose your dining options from the restaurants below:
- La Rosa Nautica - If you're looking for a fine dining experience with excellent food and a stunning oceanfront view, this is the place for you.
Address: Espigon 4 Circuito de Playas, Miraflores.
- Pescados Capitales is the spot to go for amazing Peruvian seafood. Have some ceviche and drink the "pisco Rubio".
Address: La Mar 1337, Miraflores.
- Astrid y Gaston - Often recognized as one of the top restaurants in the city and the # 35 on the list of The Best Restaurants of the World, this venue has superb Peruvian cuisine.
Address: Cantuarias 175, Miraflores, Lima, Peru 242-5387
- Costa Verde - For another fine dining option with great ocean views, try this establishment.
Address: Playa Barranquito s/n Barranco, Circuito de Playas.
- If you're looking for a vegetarian option, go for El Paraiso Bio Leben located at Alcanfores 453-416 in Miraflores.
- For a burrito, stop by the Burrito Bar at 113 Av Miguel Grau in the Barranco district.