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 forAdventurers | Art Lovers | Families
When to goYear-Round
Ideal length of stay1-2 Nights
Designing Your Journey
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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.
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).
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.
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.
Where To Stay
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Belmond Miraflores Park
Long considered the top hotel in Lima, the Miraflores hotel, which is managed by Belmond, is a typical business hotel with views of the Pacific and reliable service.
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In the trendy Barranco neighborhood, one of the city's top addresses for chic visitors, is a stunning property that occupies a Belle Epoque mansion that was painstakingly restored and filled with antiques and a serious art collection.
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