Lima is the capital of Peru, and one of the largest cities in South America, with a population of 8.74 million. There is so much to do in Lima, you could easily spend 2 to 3 days discovering its rich history.
Here are some options for you to make the most out of your time in Lima.
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Larcomar Shopping Centre:
Larcomar is Lima’s most luxurious shopping centre. It is visited by many tourists and Peruvians alike, and is one of the city’s popular attractions.
Part of its attraction lies in its unique location. Located in Miraflores, it has been built into the side of the cliff edge, overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Here you will find high-end brands, restaurants, cafes, bars and one of Lima’s biggest night clubs.
Lima’s Historical Centre:
The Historical Centre of Lima was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1988. It is definitely worth a visit to get a sense of the rich culture, and to see how much of an influence the Spanish had in Lima.
Here you can visit Lima’s Cathedral, and at the Government Palace by the main plaza (Plaza de Armas), you can observe the changing of the guard at 11:30am every day.
San Francisco Church:
The church of San Francisco is located in Lima’s Historical Centre. It is a popular stop for many tourists and locals due to its importance in Lima’s history.
It also has an adjoining monastery which has some of the oldest and best preserved religious texts in Peru. The main attraction is San Francisco’s underground catacombs, where it is said that more than 75,000 bodies are buried. Tours of the church and monastery are given in English and Spanish.
Biking Tours of Lima:
Biking tours of Lima have recently become a popular option for many tourists. On these eco-friendly tours, you can see the greenery of Miraflores, explore the Historic Centre of Lima, and experience the bohemian vibe of Barranco. Prices range from $30 – $70 per person. For more information, visit FindLocalTrips.com.
Peru is famous worldwide for its gastronomy, and many tourists are eager to discover the unique produce, and learn how to make these tasty dishes. There are also many walking tours of local markets, as well as cooking classes located in Miraflores. Please visit FindLocalTrips.com for more information.
Circuito Magico de Agua:
Located in downtown Lima, this is the biggest water fountain park in the southern hemisphere. The best time to go is after dark, when there is a water and laser show every hour. Entry is only 4 soles, and it is a must if you only have a short stay in Lima.
Have a once-in-a-lifetime experience swimming with sea lions. You will need to make your own way to the Marina Yacht Club in Callao, for a tour (in English or Spanish) by boat of the coastline. It costs approximately $50 per person for a 3-hour trip. To find more information, visit FindLocalTrips.com.
Day Trips from Lima:
Take one of the full day trips that leave from Lima everyday with Peru Hop. Have the chance to visit the Islas Ballestas in Paracas, and sandboard down South America’s biggest dunes in Huacachina (South America’s only desert oasis), all in one day. Prices are approximately $109 per person for a full day tour. To find out more information, visit PeruHop.com.