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Anchored by its historic center, which was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988, Lima is a lovely place to explore for a night or two before venturing on to Peru’s main attractions. The city has been gentrified and is home to colorful architecture and some cool shops and cafés.

  • Perfect for
    Adventurers | Art Lovers | Families
  • When to go
  • Ideal length of stay
    1-2 Nights

Designing Your Journey

Work with Indagare to design the perfect itinerary for an immersive journey. Our travel experts know the destination inside and out, and they can make recommendations based on your travel needs and preferences.

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    1 Day: Essential Lima

    A day in Lima, particularly one spent with an insider who can navigate the highlights, will add immeasurably to one’s understanding of Peru. Here is just one example of what our destination experts can create for you.

    • Morning

      To start your day in Lima, head straight to a gastronomic tour of this South American culinary mecca. A master chef will escort you to the Surquillo market to learn about the origins of Peruvian food and the country’s local produce. Afterward, it’s on to the chef’s kitchen to learn from the master himself how to prepare and enjoy a variety of Peruvian dishes, like ceviche and lomo saltado (beef sautéed with onions).

    • Afternoon

      After lunch, visit the historic center of Lima, composed of the San Martin Square, Aliaga House, Plaza de Armas and San Francisco Church. Then amble through the upscale neighborhood of San Isidro and the coastal district of Miraflores to enjoy panoramic views of the Pacific; adventure seekers can paraglide over its magnificent beaches.

    • Evening

      Cap off your day with a meal at one of Indagare’s favorite restaurants in the cool Barranco district, a haven for artists and a neighborhood with trendy dining and shopping options.

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Elise Bronzo
“Lima is a much more interesting city than it is given credit for. My favorite experiences were culinary ones: a food tour of a local market, during which I got to try esoteric fruits, and a stop at a local cevicheria.
Indagare insider Grimanesa Amorós
“Central is a favorite spot of mine in Lima thanks to its owner Virgilio Martínez Véliz, who makes patrons feel the research and development behind each of its plates. Every time I go I feel like I am at a culinary laboratory.”

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