The 33 Best Things to Do in Lima (With a Special Section on Miraflores!)

Last Updated on June 3, 2022 by admin

Lima, the capital of Peru, is a vibrant city known for its world-famous cuisine and bustling plazas. Lima is also known as El Pulpo (The Octopus) due to its sprawling size. The city is continuously expanding and stretching as the population grows. If you’re headed to Peru to see Machu Picchu, it’s likely that you will first fly into Lima. We recommend that you spend at least a couple of days in Lima, especially to see the Miraflores district. We really enjoyed our time in Lima, and we’re excited to share a complete guide to visiting Lima and Miraflores! Read on to see our picks for the best restaurants, hotels, and attractions. We share the best 33 things to do in Lima.

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How to Get to Lima

 

Lima is located just off the western coast of Peru. Unlike Machu Picchu, Lima is not located at a high altitude. (You won’t have to worry about coping with altitude sickness!) Lima’s primary airport is Jorge Chavez International Airport.

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How to Get to Miraflores

 

The district of Miraflores is located just south of Lima’s city center. The drive from Jorge Chavez International Airport to Miraflores is about 45 minutes, but could be longer depending on traffic conditions.

If you take a taxi from the airport to Miraflores, we recommend that you order a taxi from the airport taxi desk. If you leave the airport in search of a taxi, you might encounter an unlicensed driver or be charged higher fees.

You can also take the Airport Express Bus to Miraflores.

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Where to Stay in Miraflores

Most travelers stay in the Miraflores district in Lima. The area is filled with hotels and restaurants, and it’s located right on the beach!

Luxury | Miraflores Park, a Belmond Hotel

Address: Mal. de la Reserva 1035, Miraflores 15074, Peru

The Miraflores Park is one of the nicest hotels in the city. The hotel is located right on the beach and has ocean views. Featuring a number of amenities such as a rooftop pool, spa, and restaurant on-site, you won’t want to leave. Even if you don’t stay at this hotel, you might want to visit just to have a Pisco Sour cocktail at the Belo Bar.

Moderate | JW Marriot Hotel Lima

Address: Mal. de la Reserva 615, Miraflores 15074, Peru

This waterfront hotel along the Costa Verde has a rooftop pool, a restaurant, and a lounge. The rooms are bright and airy.

Budget | Selina Miraflores Lima & Cowork

Address: Calle Alcanfores 465, Mira 15074, Peru+51 1 4800494

This 3-star hotel isn’t right on the beach, but you can walk to the beach in 15-20 minutes. This hotel offers private and shared room options.

Where to Stay in Lima

There’s also a lot of hotel options in the city center near the historic district. 

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Luxury | Gran Hotel Bolivar

Address: Jirón de la Unión 958, Cercado de Lima 15001, Peru

The Gran Hotel Bolivar is a historic hotel that was built in 1924. It was declared a national monument in 1972. If you’re interested in Peru’s history, it’s a fascinating place to stay. Famous politicians, movie actors, and rock-n-roll singers have all stayed at the Gran Hotel Bolivar.

Moderate | Hotel Kamana

Address: Jirón Camaná 547, Cercado de Lima 15001, Peru

Hotel Kamana is located near the Plaza de Armas in Lima. The hotel has a restaurant and bar located on-site. 

Budget |1900 Hostel Lima

Address: Av. Inca Garcilaso de la Vega 1588, Cercado de Lima 15001, Peru

This hostel has shared dorm rooms and bathrooms. The lobby has marble floors and the hotel is set in a historic building constructed in the 20th century.


About Lima

Lima serves as the capital city of Peru, and it’s also the largest city in Peru. Over one third of Peru’s total population resides in the city.

Lima is located in a strip of desert between the Pacific Ocean and the Andes Mountains. 

The Spanish founded the city in 1535 and named it “City of Kings.” However, that name did not stick. Before the Spanish arrived, an oracle that lived in the valley was known by the name Limaq in the native language of Quechua. The name Lima is a shortened version from that oracle’s name.

Miraflores District

The Miraflores District is an upscale neighborhood along the Costa Verde. Many of Lima’s nicest shops, restaurants, and hotels are located within this district. For that reason, Miraflores is the most popular area of Lima for tourists to visit.

The name Miraflores means “look at the flowers” in Spanish. (Although really you might want to look at the ocean views!) The area is known for the bougainvillea flowers that grow abundantly along the coast. The neighborhood is also filled with tons of parks and gardens, so the name really fits!


Guided Tours

Tours in Lima

One of the best ways to experience Lima is through a guided tour. Here’s a few fun tour ideas to consider:

  • Lima City Walking Tour: Your guide will take you to all of the major sites in this 3.5 hour guided tour. You’ll see historic sites, plazas, cathedrals, and more!
  • Gourmet Food Tour: Lima is known for its culinary scene. What better way to experience the flavors of the city than through a guided food tour? You’ll be able to sample a variety of dishes, and your guide will take you to some of the best spots in the city. This gourmet food tour is available in the afternoon as well as in the evening
  • Street Food and Old Taverns Tour: In this evening tour, your guide will take you to several old taverns for drink and food tastings. At the time of this writing, the tour will take you through important sites at the Plaza San Martin and the Plaza de Armas. You’ll try dishes such as yuca rellena, papas con sus cremas, pan con chicharron, la papa a la huancaina, and sweet pastries. You’ll even stop at a Peruvian brewery! (See the link for the most current tour description.)
  • Market Tour and Cooking Class: In this tour, you’ll get to see a local market and sample plenty of fresh produce. (Over 35 fruit samples!) You’ll then join a 4-course cooking class and learn the skills to make the meal at home!
  • Private Cooking Class with a Local Family: Meet your guide at the market, go grocery shopping, and then learn how to make an authentic Peruvian meal!

Day Trip Tours from Lima

  • Marcahuasi Stone Forest: This under-the-radar day trip will take you to the Marcahuasi Stone Forest. You might know that Machu Picchu is in a cloud forest, and in Lima, you can visit a stone forest!
  • Huacachina and the Ballestas Islands: Huacachina is an oasis in the middle of the desert. The tour includes sandboarding and dune buggying through the desert, a boat excursion to the Ballestas Islands, and a pisco and wine tasting in a vineyard.
  • Nazca Lines and Huacachina: With this tour, you’ll take a flight over the Nazca Lines to see the incredible designs and pictures. You’ll then visit the desert oasis of Huacachina.
  • Guanera Islands: You’ll get to see the sea lions and even swim alongside them.
 

 

Check out this 7-day tour of Lima and sunrise at Machu Picchu!

Things to Do in Lima

Plaza de Armas

Plaza de Armas, Lima“Plaza de Armas, Lima” by Thomas Flores is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

The Plaza de Armas in Lima (also known as the Plaza Mayor) is the main plaza in Lima’s historic district. It was built in 1535 and it’s the oldest plaza in the city. In this plaza you can find the Cathedral of Lima, Government Palace, Municipal Palace, Palace of the Union, and the Archbishop’s Palace. (More on each of those below.) 

In the center of the plaza is a 3-tiered bronze fountain which has been in operation since 1650. On National Pisco Day, the city once celebrated by replacing water with the liquor pisco!

A giant earthquake in 1746 destroyed most of the buildings in the plaza, all of which needed to be re-built. The bronze fountain is now the oldest structure in the Plaza de Armas.

Today, Lima’s historic center is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Lima Metropolitan Cathedral (La Catedral de Lima)

Lima Cathedral“Lima Cathedral” by James Preston is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Construction for the cathedral began in 1535 over the site of an Inca shrine and palace. Francisco Pizarro, a Spanish conquistador, laid the first stone. The cathedral was completed in 1538 and then inaugurated in 1540. As the city of Lima expanded, a larger cathedral was needed. There were multiple plans and attempts to build a larger cathedral. However, earthquakes and lack of finances halted some of those efforts. Most of the cathedral was destroyed from a large earthquake in 1746. In the mid-1700s, the cathedral that you see today was built. The bell towers were later added in 1794 and 1797, although they were never completely finished. One of the most popular things to see in the cathedral is the chapel that contains the crypt of Francisco Pizarro. The cathedral also has a Museum of Religious Art that you can enter for a small admission fee. This half-day sightseeing tour of Lima includes a visit to the Cathedral of Lima. 

Government Palace (Palacio de Gobierno)

Palacio de gobierno Lima Peru
Our visit to the Palacio de Gobierno

 

The Government Palace is located on the northern side of the Plaza de Armas. It’s also known as the House of Pizarro. The buildings serves as the seat of the executive branch of the government, and it’s where the president of Peru lives.

Municipal Palace (Palacio Municipal de Lima)

File:Palacio Municipal de Lima.jpg“File:Palacio Municipal de Lima.jpg” by Marie Thérèse Hébert & Jean Robert Thibault is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

The Municipal Palace serves as Lima’s City Hall and is also located in the Plaza de Armas. The original building was destroyed in fires and earthquakes, and the current building was constructed in the 1940s. 

Palace of the Union (Palacio de la Union)

The Palace of the Union is home to the Club of the Union, which is a non-profit civil association that was created in 1868. The palace was built in 1942 and is known for its impressive wood balconies. The Palace of the Union is also located in the Plaza de Armas.

Archbishop’s Palace (Palacio Arzobispal de Lima)

The Archbishop’s Palace is also located in the Plaza de Armas. The palace serves as the official residence of the Archbishop of Lima, and the building contains numerous administrative offices for the Roman Catholic church.

Casa del Oidor

This house, located in the Plaza de Armas, was built in the 17th century and is one of the oldest colonial homes in Lima.

Plaza Bolivar

Just a few blocks away from the Plaza de Armas is the Plaza Bolivar. The most notable building in the plaza is the legislative palace which is where the Congress of Peru resides.

Plaza San Martin

In addition to the Plaza de Armas, one of the most notable plazas in Lima is the Plaza San Martin. The plaza was named after Peru’s liberator, Jose de San Martin. The plaza was home to a theater, the Gran Hotel Bolivar, and several other notable buildings. In the center of the plaza is a large monument dedicated to Jose de San Martin.

La Merced Church (Iglesia de la Merced)

Just a couple of blocks away from the Plaza de Armas is La Merced Church. The church was rebuilt numerous times in the 18th century as a result of earthquakes. It has an impressive exterior, so it’s definitely worth walking by it on your way to the Plaza de Armas.

Monastery of San Francisco (Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas )

Monastery San Francisco in Lima Peru

The Monastery of San Francisco is located alongside the Sanctuary Nuestra Señora de la Soledad and the Church del Milagro. These buildings grouped together make for a very picturesque courtyard. The library is well-known for its collection of thousands of ancient books. We visited the Basilica and Convent of San Francisco specifically for its famed tours of the catacombs. A visit to the catacombs is included in this walking tour of Lima. Some scholars estimate that there were over 25,000 people buried below the church. The crypts were rediscovered in the 1940s. When you go on a tour of the catacombs, you’ll see lots of bones arranged in patterns. When we visited the catacombs, there was definitely a spook vibe and a bit of claustrophobia. Let’s just say we were grateful to exit the tombs and see the bright sunshine flooding the monastery courtyard again.

Casa de Aliaga

Casa Aliaga“Casa Aliaga” by hugh llewelyn is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

One of the oldest colonial mansions in all of South America is Casa de Aliaga. It’s been the private residence of the Aliaga family since 1535. Over 17 generations of the Aliaga family have occupied the house, and it’s the oldest home to be owned continuously by a single family. The mansion is open for tourist visits. You’ll need to pay a small fee and hire a guide. (They have a suggested list of guides on their website.)

Museo Larco

The Museo Larco is one of Lima’s most famous museums. The museum is housed in a mansion built in the 18th century. The interior is filled with a priceless collection of Peruvian art and artifacts, including a collection of pre-Columbian art. The exterior of the museum is just as beautiful, which is surrounded by lots of gardens. At the time of this writing, an adult entrance ticket costs S/ 35.00. (Check their website here for full admission information.) You can purchase a skip-the-line ticket here.

The Magic Water Circuit (Circuito Magico del Agua)

Parque de la Reserva - Circuito Magico del Agua with music & holograms“Parque de la Reserva – Circuito Magico del Agua with music & holograms” by kthypryn is licensed under CC BY 2.0

One of Lima’s best attractions is the Magic Water Circuit, which is comprised of 13 fountains. The Guinness Book of World Records has even awarded it as the largest fountain complex in the world. It was built in 2007, and during the evening the fountains come alive with lasers and music for an impressive water show. Several of the fountains are interactive, such as the Tunnel of Surprises. Visitors can walk through a “tunnel” of brightly flowing water. At the time of this writing, showtimes are daily at 6:30pm, 7:30pm, 8:30pm, and 9:30pm. Admission tickets cost S/ 4.00. Please confirm admission times and prices here before your visit. You can purchase a small group tour here.

Basilica and and Convent of Santo Domingo 

This church is also located in the historic center. The church was built in the 16th century, but it was destroyed by an earthquake in 1678 and later re-built. The first university in Peru, the University of San Marcos, was housed within this church for a number of years.

National University of San Marcos

The above-mentioned National University of San Marcos was officially established in 1551. It’s the oldest continuously-operating university in the entire Americas. It’s informally known as the University of Peru.

National Museum of the Archaeology, Anthropology, and History of Peru

The National Museum of the Archaeology, Anthropology, and History of Peru is both the largest and oldest museum in Peru. If you’re headed to Machu Picchu later in your trip, the museum has a beautiful scale model of the site. The museum holds over 100,000 ancient Peruvian artifacts. The museum is located in Plaza Bolivar.

Museum of Italian Art

The Museum of Italian Art was gifted to Peru for its 100th anniversary of independence by the local Italian community. It was inaugurated in 1923 and is home to numerous collections of Italian fine art. The museum is small but beautiful.

Barranco Artistic Neighborhood

One of the most beautiful neighborhoods in Lima the Barranco neighborhood. (We’ll discuss the equally-beautiful Miraflores neighborhood further below.) The Barranco neighborhood is colorful, vibrant, and full of street art. There are lots of Bohemian cafes, restaurants, and bars in this neighborhood. Some things to see in this neighborhood include the MATE museum (temporarily closed) and the DaDA restaurant and cocktail bar. We recommend that you walk across the bridge of sighs (puente de los suspiros) and grab a drink at Ayahuasca, which is a bar located in an old colonial mansion. You can even take a bike tour of this charming neighborhood. 

Chinatown (Barrio Chino)

Lima’s Barrio Chino is filled with asian restaurants, bars, and shops. Many immigrants from China arrived in Peru to work in sugarcane plantations, and thus the Barrio Chino was established. 

Dpaso Hacienda

While you’re in Lima, check out Dpaso Hacienda to watch a traditional Peruvian horse show. You can book tickets in advance here

Postal and Philatelic Museum (Museo Postal y Filatélico)

*Temporarily Closed*

The Postal and Philatelic Museum is located near the Plaza de Armas. When we were visiting Lima, a server at a restaurant mentioned it was a cool place to check out. I was talking with the server in Spanish, and although he said “museo postal”, I heard “museo pastel” (cake museum). Ha! Suffice it to say, when we arrived to the museum we were surprised to see walls filled with stamps, instead of pastries.


Things to Do in Miraflores

Malecon Boardwalk

If you only have time for one thing in Miraflores, we recommend that you walk along the Malecon Boardwalk. The boardwalk follows the clifftop and has excellent views of the ocean. The path is almost 6 miles long and is dotted with parks, sculptures, and viewpoints. The boardwalk is divided into three subsections: Malecón Armendáriz (southernmost section near the Barranco neighborhood), Malecón Cisneros (center section), and Malecón de la Marina (northernmost section). You can also take a bike tour of the trail. 

Parque del Amor

Parque del Amor, Lima“Parque del Amor, Lima” by James Preston is licensed under CC BY 2.0

One of the most beautiful parks along the Malecon is the Parque del Amor (Love Park). The park is filled with mosaics and tiles, and at the center of the park is a sculpture of Victor Delfin’s “El Beso” (The Kiss). You’ll also find lines of love poems worked into the mosaics.

Paragliding at Parque Antonio Raimondi 

At this park you can watch paragliders jump from the clifftop toward the ocean as they glide through the air.

Kennedy Park (Parque Kennedy)

If you love cats, you definitely need to head to Kennedy Park! The 5.5-acre park was named after president J.F. Kennedy of the United States. Kennedy Park is one of the main parks in Miraflores, and it’s also known as Parque Central. The park is meticulously well-kept and is home to lots and lots of cats. The cats are cared for by locals, and there’s bowls of cat food and water throughout the park. The park is flanked by the Virgen Milagrosa Church and the Municipal Palace. The atmosphere at the park is light and festive, with lots of street vendors, park benches, and flower beds.

Playa Waikiki

This is Lima’s version of Honolulu’s Waikiki Beach. It’s one of the most popular beaches in Miraflores. Head down to the beach and watch the sunset.

Indian Market (Mercado Indio)

If you’re looking to do some shopping, head to the Mercado Indio. The market is filled with booths and vendors selling everything from textiles to street food. It’s a great place to go if you’re looking to buy some souvenirs. We’ve read that this market is open 7 days a week, but confirm ahead of time.

Bioferia Miraflores

The Bioferia Miraflores occurs once per week and is a smaller market almost exclusively focused on fresh produce. If you’re looking to try fruits and vegetables local to the area, this is the place to go. From what we’ve read, it’s open on Saturdays in the Parque Reducto and on Sunday in Surquillo.

Larcomar

Larcomar is a large shopping center located near the clifftop. You’ll find lots of modern restaurants, stores, and entertainment options. If you want to go bowling or watch a movie, head to Larcomar.

Huaca Pucllana Ruins

Vista exterior de la Huaca Pucllana“Vista exterior de la Huaca Pucllana” by Municipalidad de Miraflores is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Huaca Pucllana, sometimes referred to as Huaca Juliana, is an archaeological site located in the middle of the Miraflores neighborhood. It’s a large pyramid-shaped structure that was built by the Lima Culture, which occupied the region between 200 AD and 700 AD. The name Huaca means “monument” in the Quechua language. There is a museum and restaurant located here as well. We didn’t have time to visit Huaca Pucllana when we visited Lima, but we drove past it and it certainly looked impressive!

Foro de la Marina

This lighthouse is located in park along the beach in Miraflores. You can check out the lighthouse and then easily walk to the beach. It’s a popular place to watch the sunset.

Choco Museo

The Choco Museo is a franchise of chocolate museums located in several cities in Peru. (We wrote about it in our post on things to do in Cusco!) There’s also one located in Miraflores. Admission to the museum is free, and you’ll learn all about the practice of chocolate-making. You can also purchase a workshop and make your own chocolate candies to take home!


Best Restaurants in Lima

If you’re a foodie, then visiting restaurants in Lima should be your top priority. Lima is known for having 3 of its restaurants rank in the World’s Top 50 Restaurants. These restaurants are Central, Maido, and Astrid y Gastón. Many people consider Lima to be the gastronomy capital of Latin America. 

While you’re in Lima, we also recommend that you try some of the traditional Peruvian dishes. These include ceviche (citrus-cured seafood), lomo saltado (stir-fryed beef), aji de gallina (a creamy chicken dish), papas a la huancaina (potatoes in a spicy cheese sauce), and pollo a la brasa (rotisserie grilled chicken). If you’re feeling more adventurous, you can also try cuy (guinea pig) and anticuchos de corazon (grilled heart).

There are lots of great restaurants to visit while you’re in Lima. Here’s a list of some restaurants we compiled:

  • Central | $$$$: Central is focused on upscale traditional Peruvian dishes. All of the dishes at Central also focus on sustainability. It’s been listed as one of the World’s Top 50 Restaurants.
  • Maido | $$$$: Maido also showcases Peruvian dishes with a Japanese fusion influence. This restaurant has also been listed as one of the World’s Top 50 Restaurants.
  • Astrid y Gastón | $$$$: This 3-star Michelin restaurant focuses exclusively on Peruvian dishes. This restaurant has also been listed as one of the World’s Top 50 Restaurants.
  • La Rosa Nautica | $$$: This restaurant is located on a jetty along the beach. You’ll be able to enjoy fresh seafood and marine views.
  • El Señorío de Sulco | $$$: Located on the Malecon boardwalk, is known for its ceviche.
  • La Picanteria | $$$: This restaurant showcases dishes inspired by the city of Arequipa in Peru. 
  • Chez Wong | $$$$: Famed chef Anthony Bourdain visited Chez Wong to try the ceviche. 
  • OSSO | $$$: If you’re craving meat dishes, head to OSSO for the best cuts from the butcher.
  • La Mar Cebicheria | $$$: This restaurant near the coast is the perfect spot to try ceviche.

What to Bring on Your Trip to Peru

  • Power Bank Phone Charger: Before we leave home, we have at least one (if not two) power banks fully charged. That way we can charge our phones on the go while we’re traveling. Because we use our phones heavily for navigation and photography, it’s really important that we don’t run out of battery. 
  • Passport Holder: We like to use a passport holder or wallet to keep all of our important documentation in one place.
  • Power Adapter/Voltage Converter: Whenever traveling internationally, it’s important to be able to charge your electronics safely. We’re recommending this power adapter and voltage converter because it can be used globally. It’s a little more expensive than some basic products you can find, but this one has a multi-protection safety system. It also lets you charge up to 7 devices simultaneously. (You don’t need to fight with anyone in your travel party about access to outlets.) It works in over 150 countries. 
  • First Aid Kit: Whenever you travel, be sure to have some basic first aid items on hand. We most commonly like to have an assortment of bandages in case we get a blister or cut.
  • Anti-Theft Travel Backpack: Having an anti-theft travel backpack can give you peace of mind as you explore any large city. The one we linked here has lockable zippers, and RFID-blocking pocket, and cut-proof material. This backpack is also extremely light to carry. If you plan on carrying valuables such as a camera, cell phone, and wallet with you, we recommend considering a backpack such as this one.
  • Packable Rain Jacket: This rain jacket folds up small and can be easily placed in your backpack. You’ll be prepared for rain just in case!
  • Hiking Boots: There are so many epic hikes in Peru, including the famed Inca Trail to Machu Picchu! Be sure to pack sturdy hiking shoes that you have broken in. I’ve used Columbia boots for years and they’ve really held up. (Women’s boots linked here. Men’s hiking boots are linked here.)

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Nearby Activities and Day Trips from Lima

beach near Lima Peru
A beach we visited near Lima

 

Huacachina

File:Oasis de Huacachina, Ica, Perú, 2015-07-29, DD 18.JPG“File:Oasis de Huacachina, Ica, Perú, 2015-07-29, DD 18.JPG” by Diego Delso is licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0

The desert oasis of Huacachina is located about 4.5 hours from Lima. There are day tours that will easily take you to visit. When visiting Huacachina, you’ll want to try your hand at sandboarding, riding through the dunes in a buggy, and taking photos of yourself with the oasis as a backdrop. We didn’t make it to Huacachina during our trip to Lima, and I’m still bummed about it. I definitely will go next time!

Nazca Lines

Peru, Nazca, Nazca Lines, Monkey“Peru, Nazca, Nazca Lines, Monkey” by leander.canaris is licensed under CC BY 2.0

From the air you’ll be able to see geoglyphs that were created between 500 BC and 500 AD. It’s amazing that without flying the Nasca People were able to create perfect depictions of animals and other shapes. The lines were created by removing the top layer of the soil, and most of the lines are about a foot thick. There are over 370 geometric patterns and depictions of animals and plants. With a flight tour, you can see the images from above. You can book a tour here.

Pachacamac

Pachacamac, Archaeological site, Peru“Pachacamac, Archaeological site, Peru” by Emmanuel Dyan is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Pachacamac is an archaeological site located about 25 miles to the southeast of Lima. The site is filled with temples, burial grounds, and several pyramids. You can book a half day tour here

Marcahuasi

Marcahuasi a stone forest located about 37 miles to the east of Lima. The area is filled with uniquely-shaped stones that were created by years of erosion. There’s also several ruins nearby. You can book a day trip tour from Lima here

Palomino Islands

If you take a boat to the Palomino Islands, you’ll get to see tons of sea lions. Tour information linked here.


Other Destinations in Peru

In addition to the locations mentioned above, we absolutely recommend that you see our posts on visiting:


Frequently Asked Questions About Things to Do in Lima

What is Lima, Peru, known for?

Lima is known as the gastronomic capital of Latin America. It’s home to several restaurants that have been ranked on the World’s Top 50 Restaurants list. Lima is also know for its historic centre, which was first built in the 16th century. Lima also contains an extensive underground catacombs network that is second in size only to the catacombs in Paris. Finally, the Miraflores neighborhood is filled with upscale clifftop restaurants and hotels with incredible views of the coast.

Is Lima worth visiting?

Lima is definitely worth visiting during your trip to Peru. Although we traveled to Peru to see Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley, we set aside several days to see Lima. We wish we would have been able to spend more time in Lima! We would have liked to have visited some of the world-famous restaurants, as well as to go on more day trip excursions to see the Nazca Lines and Huacachina.

Why is Lima a good place to visit?

Lima’s historic center, which was built in the 16th century, contains numerous museums and churches that contain artifacts and religious art. Lima is also home to many award-winning and globally-recognized restaurants, like Central and Maido. Finally, Lima is ideally positioned to see the Nazca Lines and Huacachina.

How far is Machu Picchu from Lima?

The town of Aguas Calientes, which is at the base of Machu Picchu, is 313 miles from Lima. We recommend flying into Lima and then taking a flight to the city of Cusco. From there, you’ll need to travel to Ollantaytambo to take the train to Aguas Calientes. Once in Aguas Calientes, you’ll be able to take the shuttle to the top of the mountain to see Machu Picchu. 

How many days do you recommend spending in Lima?

We recommend that you spend 2 to 3 days in Lima. That should give you enough time to see the Plaza de Armas and the Miraflores neighborhood. If you have extra time, you can then add in a day trip or two to see the Nazca Lines of Huacachina.

Do they speak English in Lima?

Most hotels and tourist centers will have staff that speak English, but it’s not commonly spoken in most of Peru. It’s helpful to book tours so that you can have an English-speaking guide when possible. We also often use the Google Translate app on our phone for small encounters on-the-go.


Guide Books for Peru

Looking for a guide book for your upcoming trip to Peru? Check out the collection below!

 


Summary of Things to Do in Lima

Lima definitely impressed us! When we booked our trip, I was eager to see Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley, and wasn’t sure what to expect from Lima. I really enjoyed visiting the city, and I’d recommend that other travelers spend a couple of days visiting as well. I hope that this list of things to do in Lima helps to prepare you for your own trip to visit the city!

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