The coastal city of Lima is one of Latin America’s largest cities and yet, one of its most hidden treasures. Bursting at the seams with rich Inca and Spanish history, Lima is a picturesque city full of unique experiences that will delight your senses.
There is so much to see in Peru’s capital thanks to its rich colonial history. A visit to Plaza mayor and its surrounding pedestrian streets, a UNESCO heritage site, will give you a glimpse into the founding of Lima in the sixteenth century.
Lovers of photography will feel instantly inspired at MATE, the Mario Testino Museum. Testino is a celebrated photographer and one of Peru’s most important exports. His most recognized photography features Hollywood’s upper echelon, including Kate Moss and Madonna. The museum showcases his most iconic work in a colonial house in the Barranco neighborhood.
The dry dessert air combines with the salty sea breeze in Lima’s beautiful coastal public parks. El Parque de los Enamorados or Lover’s Park is a popular spot among couples and features artwork from local artists as well as fragrant flowerbeds.
Consistently ranked as one of the most important gastronomic cities in the world, Lima will dazzle your palate. Peruvian cuisine is a blend of mountain, forest and sea, heavily influenced by Asian flavors and techniques. Peru is also known for its fertile lands, which product over 2000 varieties of potato and an equally impressive variety of corn and other fruits and vegetables.
To experience the magic that Peruvian chefs bring to the table, try causa (a yellow potato and tuna dish), pulpo al olivo (octopus in black olive sauce), conchitas a la parmesana (parmesan crusted scallops), and anticuchos (grilled cow heart). Get a taste of why Peruvian gastronomy is inimitable by trying Chaufa, Chinese-Peruvian cuisine, or Nikkei, Japanese-Peruvian cuisine, testaments to the Asian immigration to this magnificently rich desert.
The neighbourhood of Barranco is home of Lima’s hipster and artistic movement. Here you will find a bustling night life, street art and eclectic shops. A popular spot among locals to hear live music is Ayahuasca (Av San Martin 130, Barranco). While you listen to music, make sure to try the Pisco Sour, a wine brandy based drink that is loved by locals and tourists alike.
Thousands of years of traditions are at your fingertips at the The Miraflores Indian Market. At this lively outdoor marketplace, you can feel the soft, plush Alpaca wool-clothing characteristic of the people of the Andes and the traditional weaves of the Amazonian tribes. The perfect final stop on your trip through the exciting city of Lima.
Lima is an exciting playground for the senses to add to your 2018 travel bucket list. The sights, sounds, smells, tastes and sounds of Lima are only a flight away. See our special deals here.