P.S. I’m On My Way’s best things to do in Lima, Peru

I lived in Peru for 9 months while traveling the whole country and in this post, I will share with you the absolute best things to do in Lima!

📬 Reader Mail: Hi Trisha! I recently watched all your Peru videos on Youtube and I am now considering Peru for my next trip. I am amazed by Lima and I want to stay there longer. Are there many things to do in Lima? I want to work in a restaurant for a month and familiarize myself in the Lima culture. I hope there will be enough things to do and people to meet! Thank you for your awesome blog!

Juliane Herrmann, Germany

Hi Juliane!

Things to do in Lima vary, most especially if you know someone from the city. Lima seems to be a dull place and travelers often skip it but personally, I would recommend you stay at least 3 – 5 days max. Peru is one of the countries I once called home but I didn’t live in Lima.

Lima was too big and noisy for me so I decided to live in Paracas, a 4-hour drive from Lima. Even if I didn’t get to stay longer in the capital, I visited frequently when I am having an island fever.

More often than not, living by the beach will make you crave city life. Since Paracas was just a 4-hour bus ride, I frequented Lima (at least once a month).

There are many things to do in Lima and though this list only has 20 items, I’ve handpicked them for the adventurer in you!

If you have more questions, please leave a comment below and I will answer them as soon as I can. Good luck and I hope you push through your trip to Lima!

Xx,
Trisha

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Here are my favorite things to do in Lima with tips for first-time visitors. If you are booking these activities, feel free to use the code PSIMONMYWAY10 for a 10% discount upon checkout!

1. Explore the city on foot

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Like in any large city, be aware of your surroundings. Keep your belongings secure and avoid less touristy areas at night.

Lima by foot is the best way to discover the Peruvian capital. Lima’s historic center is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, featuring colonial architecture, historic churches, and grand plazas. Plaza Mayor and the Cathedral of Lima are must-visit spots. Don’t miss the changing of the guard at the Presidential Palace.

Known for its bohemian vibe, Barranco is great for strolls. Enjoy the colorful street art, visit art galleries, and relax in charming cafés. The Puente de los Suspiros (Bridge of Sighs) is a popular spot.

The city’s terrain can vary, and you’ll likely be walking on cobblestones in historic areas. Lima can be warm, so carry water and wear sunscreen, especially during the summer months.

🚶🏽‍♂️ If you prefer structured exploration, consider joining a guided walking tour where a local guide will take you around the famous landmarks and hotspots!

2. Hop on the Lima panoramic city bus tour

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Traveling by a tour bus can be safer and more comfortable, especially for those unfamiliar with the city or the local language.

If walking is not for you, then Lima Panoramic City Bus Tour is your option. Some of you find bus tours to be less authentic compared to exploring a city independently or on foot.

Although it’s the more touristic route, panoramic buses are designed to cover a wide range of landmarks and attractions, providing a broad overview of Lima’s highlights.

This is convenient, especially if you prefer not to walk long distances. They often provide hop-on, hop-off services, allowing you to explore specific sites more thoroughly at your own pace. If you’re short on time, this can be an efficient way to see many sights in a relatively short period.

🚍 Bus tours can be a social experience, providing an opportunity to meet other travelers. Book your panoramic bus tickets in advance as this is one of the most popular things to do in Lima. It gets booked fast!

3. Swim with wild sea lions at Palomino Islands

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This is a rare and thrilling opportunity for wildlife enthusiasts, although it’s important to maintain a respectful distance to avoid disturbing them.

Swimming alongside wild sea lions is a popular things to do in Lima for families traveling with kids. You will also get to see the Humboldt penguins and lots of other types of birds.

The Palomino Islands are known for their abundant wildlife, especially sea lions. You’ll have the opportunity to observe these creatures in their natural habitat, which can be quite a spectacle.

The journey to the islands includes a scenic boat ride, offering great views of the Lima coastline and the Pacific Ocean. The trip to Palomino Islands offers a different perspective of Lima and is a nice contrast to the urban experience.

The water around the islands can be quite cold, so if you plan to swim, be prepared for the low temperatures.

🤿 Always choose a responsible tour operator who respects wildlife and the environment. Sign up for this sustainable Palomino Islands tour in Lima guided by a local!

4. Bike in Miraflores neighborhood

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You can easily stop at various points of interest, such as local markets, art galleries, and cafes. Miraflores is known for its excellent culinary scene, so you can enjoy great food along your ride.

Renting a bike in Miraflores is cheap and it’s one of the most local things to do in Lima. With the extremely unbearable traffic in Lima, Limeños love the bike. When you rent a bike in Lima, you will get to explore the city at your own pace and stop wherever you want!

Miraflores boasts beautiful scenery, including views of the Pacific Ocean. The district has several bike-friendly paths, particularly along the Malecón, a boardwalk overlooking the cliffs and sea. It is home to numerous parks and green areas, like Parque Kennedy and El Parque del Amor, which are pleasant to explore by bike.

Miraflores is one of the safer districts in Lima and is relatively bike-friendly compared to other parts of the city. It has dedicated bike lanes and paths. While Miraflores is relatively safe for cyclists, always be cautious of traffic, especially when crossing streets or in areas without dedicated bike lanes.

🚲 If you enjoy cycling and outdoor activities, this local guide can take you biking around Miraflores for as low as $49 USD! He will also provide the bicycles and the necessary gear.

5. Explore the neighborhood of Barranco

Visiting the Barranco neighborhood in Lima is often considered a highlight of things to do in Lima. You must not skip this neighborhood!

Barranco is known for its bohemian vibe. It’s a hub for artists, musicians, and writers, which is reflected in its vibrant street art, galleries, and cultural events. The district is characterized by its charming colonial architecture, colorful houses, and quaint streets, offering a glimpse into Lima’s past.

Barranco is renowned for its lively nightlife, with a variety of bars, clubs, and restaurants. It’s a great place to experience Peruvian cuisine and the famous pisco sour.

There are several cultural attractions, including the MATE – Mario Testino Museum, dedicated to the work of the famous Peruvian photographer, and the Pedro de Osma Museum, showcasing Peruvian art.

🥘 Barranco is a food haven so if you want to see this area and sample great Peruvian food at the same time, I recommend signing up for a food tour in Barranco with a local!

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6. Watch the magic water show: best things to do in Lima for families

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Located in the Parque de la Reserva, the Magic Water Circuit is centrally situated and easily accessible from various parts of Lima.

The Magic Water Circuit (Circuito Mágico del Agua) in Lima is located in a park holds the record for the largest fountain complex in the world in a public park, as recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records. It features 13 distinct fountains, each with its design and character.

The main attractions are the spectacular light, water, and music shows, particularly at the Fantasy Fountain (Fuente de la Fantasía), where the water dances rhythmically to the music and light projections.

Unlike traditional fountains, many of the installations at the Magic Water Circuit are interactive, allowing visitors to walk through them and engage directly with the displays.

The park is a hit with both adults and children, making it an excellent choice for families looking for things to do in Lima.

⛲ The light show in Lima starts at 6:00 PM. For the best experience, you can also sign up for a tour that includes a dinner buffet!

7. Discover Peru’s food culture through the local markets of Lima

Did you know that Peruvian cuisine is the best in all of Latin America? With this, you definitely should sign up for a local market tour in Lima! It’s super easy to do this on your own if you’re not a tour fan.

Start in Chorrillos Fisherman’s Wharf where you’ll get to see hundreds of types of fishes. Lima is located on the coast and they have a very strong fishing culture and tradition. It is the only capital in South America that is by the sea so take advantage of the abundance of fresh fish!

You can buy your own at the Wharf and cook at the hostel but some people will offer to cook it for you in the market.

The second stop in this market tour is the Surco district where you will find many different types of juices and smoothies made from Amazonian fruits. Peru has a little portion of the Amazon and there are lots of fruits, vegetables, (and even animals) that you will only find in this part of the world.

Finish your market tour in the Surquillo Market in Miraflores. This is quite popular so you won’t miss it!

😋 Lima’s markets are not only for shopping. If you love food, sign up for this Lima Markets Food Tour where a local guide will give you an introduction to the iconic street foods of the market.

8. Explore Pachacamac, a thousands-year-old religious site

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Situated near the Pacific coast, Pachacamac offers scenic views of the surrounding landscapes, including the Lurín Valley and the ocean.

You might think that Incan ruins and historical landmarks are only in the south but this is also part of the best things to do in Lima! Pachacamac is an archaeological site 40 kilometers southeast of Lima, Peru in the Valley of the Lurín River.

Pachacamac was one of the most important religious centers in pre-Columbian Peru. It was revered by various Andean cultures, including the Wari, Lima, Ychsma, and Inca civilizations.

The site features a complex of temples, pyramids, and palaces. Notable structures include the Temple of the Sun and the Temple of the Moon, which offer insights into ancient Andean architecture and religious practices.

Visiting Pachacamac is one of the best cultural things to do in Lima. It provides a deeper understanding of Peru’s pre-Columbian history and complements a visit to more famous sites like Machu Picchu. It offers a glimpse into the religious and everyday life of ancient Andean societies.

🏺 Enrich your experience by signing up for a Pachacamac half-day tour. An expert guide will provide historical context and point out details that you might miss if exploring on your own.

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9. Meet friendly locals in Shanty Town

Known as the ‘pueblos jovenes,’ Shanty Town is becoming a bigger tourist attraction in Lima. Sure, the Malecon, Miraflores, and Barranco are always on the things to do in Lima list but if you want a local experience, visiting the Shanty Town is highly recommended.

The local community is very welcoming and they will show you around their area. During my visit, there was even a family who invited me to join me for dinner the next day! Shanty Town’s view is also very photogenic so don’t forget to take pictures!

🫱🏽‍🫲🏼 This Shanty Town tour in Lima contributes to their community. This area is known to be a poor working-class area and tourism is their money-making machine. The best part of this experience is that there is a chance to interact and learn with locals.

10. Attend a 5-course Peruvian cooking class

Cooking classes with a local Peruvian family? Why not! This is probably one of the best things to do in Lima you shouldn’t miss. I mean, who doesn’t love food (and local culture) when they’re traveling?!

When I backpacked South America for 3 years, I always made sure I learned how to cook during my host family stays. Every time I do this activity, I realize how generous the Latin American people are when it comes to sharing their culinary culture.

They always taught me the exact way how they make their food as opposed to other cooking classes that only share 50% of their recipe, just for the sake of the paid experience. Learn how to make causa rellena, lomo saltado, and the famous Peruvian ceviche in this activity!

👨🏽‍🍳 This 5-course cooking class in Lima has 3 different menus to choose from including a vegetarian menu! The host is a local chef so you’ll definitely have a local experience!

11. Go Paragliding over Lima’s stunning coastline

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You won’t miss the paragliders as they are super visible in the Miraflores Cliffs, especially when you’re by Intihuatana Park.

Paragliding in Lima offers a bird’s eye view of Lima and its coastline, providing a unique perspective that you can’t get from the ground. It’s a chance to see the city’s layout, beaches, and landmarks from the air.

The flight typically offers stunning views of the Pacific Ocean, the cliffs of Miraflores, and the urban landscape of Lima. This mix of natural and urban scenery is quite striking.

Lima is one of the few major cities in the world where you can paraglide right over the city, making it one of the most unique things to do in Lima! The rides are usually tandem, with a professional instructor, so beginners are welcome.

Paragliding in Lima is highly dependent on the weather. Ideal conditions are needed for a safe and enjoyable flight, so there’s always a chance that your ride could be postponed or canceled.

🪂 If you’re looking for a unique adventure, enjoy breathtaking views, and don’t mind spending a bit for a special experience, book a paragliding experience in Lima!

12. Attend a Couchsurfing gathering

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In 2016, I came across 2 of these guys in Sri Lanka. Then we ended up backpacking Sri Lanka together!

I am certainly not paid to promote Couchsurfing but through the years, this has been my vehicle in all my solo female travel adventures.

Through Couchsurfing, I was able to meet different people who accepted me in their homes – they’re also now my best friends forever!

In every major city, there are weekly Couchsurfing meet-ups. I am not sure about the Lima schedule but it used to be every Wednesday. Now, with the pandemic, there are no announcements about meet-ups but my go-to Lima Couchsurfing group: Lima City…party, activities, meetings, music, culture, and more.

If you join this group, you will see meet-up announcements and even hangouts with travelers in Lima. Most locals participate in CS meetings, too!

13. Go to Las Brisas del Titicaca for a traditional dance show

Las Brisas del Titicaca is a non-profit organization with 56 years dedicated to preserving, promoting, and spreading the diverse cultural expressions of Puno and Peru. Their work has been recognized through numerous awards and distinctions at the national and international levels.

They are proud cultural ambassadors of the Peru brand which focuses on the indigenous groups, folklore, and hundreds of years of Peruvian tradition. They have many shows where you can choose from and they are usually very cheap.

14. Take surfing lessons

Did you know that Lima is the only South American capital on the coast? Lima might be a very urban and hectic city with tall buildings but you’d be surprised how many barefoot people carrying their boards are walking towards the beach.

It seems super strange that Lima is a mix of the beach and city culture (just like Barcelona and Tel Aviv) but this is one of the most unique traits of Lima! Though the waves are not super high, they have it all year round.

This is the best place to learn most especially if you’re a beginner and want to have a regular surfing routine. I worked in a surfing school in Lima for two weeks and definitely enjoyed every bit of it.

If you have more time and you want to stay in Lima longer for free accommodations, food, and free surf, I recommend that you volunteer in a surfing school.

They’re always looking! If you’re only in the capital for a few days, make sure to include surfing in your top things to do in Lima list! You don’t have to be very good at it. It’s just a very fun (and cultural) activity!

🏄🏽 Lima is one of the best places to learn how to surf. If you are serious about your surfing journey, this local surfer can give you private surfing lessons in Lima!

15. Visit Huaca Pucllana

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Huaca Pucllana is located in the Miraflores district, making it easily accessible for visitors staying in one of Lima’s most popular areas.

Huaca Pucllana is a pre-Columbian archaeological site, dating back to the Lima Culture, around 200-700 AD. It provides a glimpse into the ancient history of Peru, long before the Inca Empire.

The site is notable for its large adobe and clay pyramid, which stands as a testament to the architectural skills of ancient Peruvians. It’s quite striking amidst the modern backdrop of Miraflores.

The complex was a ceremonial and administrative center, and excavations have uncovered artefacts, tombs, and remnants that offer insights into the rituals and daily life of the Lima Culture.

The small museum at the site displays various artefacts found during excavations, including pottery, tools, and textiles, helping visitors understand the site’s significance.

🏺 To know more about the site’s history, significance, and the findings from archaeological research, sign up for a half-day Huaca Pucllana tour.

16. Stroll across the iconic Bridge of Sighs

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The bridge itself is relatively small and doesn’t take long to cross, so it’s more about the experience and atmosphere of the area than the bridge alone.

The Bridge of Sighs (Puente de los Suspiros) is a significant cultural landmark in Lima. It has inspired many artists, musicians, and writers, making it a symbol of the bohemian and artistic spirit of Barranco.

The bridge is enveloped in romantic and poetic allure. According to local legend, if you make a wish and hold your breath while crossing the bridge for the first time, your wish will come true.

The area around the bridge is picturesque, with narrow lanes, colonial-style houses, and flowering bougainvillea, creating a charming and photogenic setting. The bridge is located in the heart of Barranco, known for its lively ambiance, street performers, and artistic vibe.

The surrounding area is filled with cafes, bars, and restaurants, making it a great place to enjoy Peruvian cuisine or a drink while soaking in the local culture.

The Bridge of Sighs is close to other attractions in Barranco, such as art galleries, street art, and the seafront, making it a convenient addition to a walking tour of the district.

17. Walk through history in the opulent halls of Casa de Aliaga

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Casa de Aliaga offers a fascinating window into Lima’s colonial history and architecture.

Casa de Aliaga is one of the oldest colonial mansions in Lima, if not in all of South America. Built in 1535, it has been continuously inhabited by the Aliaga family since then, offering a unique glimpse into Lima’s colonial past.

The house is a stunning example of colonial architecture, showcasing elegant courtyards, vintage furnishings, and intricate wooden balconies. Its preservation and restoration efforts have maintained much of its original charm and grandeur.

The mansion is filled with artifacts, paintings, and furniture that span several centuries, reflecting the changes in Peruvian society and culture over time.

Casa de Aliaga is conveniently located in the historic center of Lima, close to other attractions like the Plaza Mayor, making it easy to include in a broader exploration of the city’s historical sites.

🏛️ To visit Casa de Aliaga, you must hire a guide. They do not allow walk-ins and visits should be pre-booked with an official guide.

18. Watch vibrant sunset hues from the Malecón de Miraflores

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Lima can be quite foggy, especially in the winter months (June to September), which might affect the views.

The Malecón de Miraflores (Miraflores Boardwalk) offers panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean, making it a perfect spot for enjoying sunsets or simply taking in the scenic beauty.

With well-maintained paths, it’s ideal for walking, jogging, or biking. These activities provide a healthy and enjoyable way to explore the area.

The Malecón is lined with a series of parks, such as Parque del Amor and Parque Maria Reiche, which are beautifully landscaped and offer a peaceful escape from the urban hustle. The area features various sculptures and art installations, adding a cultural touch to the natural beauty.

Along the Malecón, there are numerous cafes and restaurants with ocean views, as well as shopping areas nearby. The Malecón is easily accessible and considered one of the safer areas in Lima, making it suitable for tourists.

19. Discover the historic charm of Lima’s iconic Marine Lighthouse

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The lighthouse itself is relatively simple and not open for public tours inside, so the visit is more about enjoying the surrounding area.

The lighthouse offers beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean, making it a great spot for photography enthusiasts and anyone who appreciates coastal scenery. The area around the lighthouse is known for its peaceful and relaxing environment, providing a nice escape from the busier parts of the city.

Faro La Marina is an iconic structure in Lima and is recognized as a symbol of the city’s maritime heritage. The lighthouse is located along the Malecón, a popular stretch for walking, jogging, and cycling. It’s a great place to get some exercise while enjoying the view.

It is a particularly popular spot for watching the sunset over the ocean, offering some of the best sunset views in Lima. Its location in Miraflores means it’s close to other attractions, including parks, beaches, and the Miraflores boardwalk, making it easy to include in a broader exploration of the area.

20. Immerse in local culture at Plaza San Martin

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Plaza San Martín is worth visiting for its historical and cultural significance, impressive architecture, and lively atmosphere that reflects the spirit of Lima.

Plaza San Martín is one of the most important and historic public squares in Lima. It’s known for its impressive architecture and historical significance, as it was built in honor of Peru’s independence.

The centerpiece of the plaza is a grand monument dedicated to General José de San Martín, a key figure in South America’s struggle for independence from Spain.

The plaza is a bustling area, filled with the lively energy of street performers, vendors, and locals. It’s a great place to experience the vibrant urban culture of Lima.

The plaza is surrounded by a variety of beautiful buildings showcasing diverse architectural styles, including the historic Hotel Bolívar, known for its classic design and grandeur.

Located in the Historic Centre of Lima, the plaza is near other notable attractions, such as the Plaza Mayor, the Cathedral of Lima, and various museums, making it a convenient addition to a walking tour of the area.

21. Discover ancient wonders at Larco Museum

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The museum is located in the Pueblo Libre district, which is a bit away from the main tourist areas like Miraflores and Barranco, so you’ll need to take a taxi.

The Larco Museum houses one of the most impressive collections of pre-Columbian art in the world, providing a comprehensive overview of 5,000 years of Peruvian history.

The artifacts are thoughtfully displayed, making it easy for visitors to understand and appreciate the significance of each piece. The museum is renowned for its well-curated exhibitions.

The Larco Museum is unique in having a separate gallery dedicated to pre-Columbian erotic pottery, offering insight into the social and cultural practices of ancient Peruvians.

The museum itself is located in an 18th-century vice-royal building and is surrounded by beautiful gardens, making it one of the best photography spots in Lima.

The museum offers explanations in multiple languages, a gift shop, and a highly-rated on-site restaurant, ensuring a comfortable visit for international tourists. It frequently hosts special exhibitions and cultural events, providing a deeper understanding of Peruvian history and culture.

22. Explore Lima’s history at Parque La Muralla

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The condition of the park and its facilities can vary, and like any urban park, it’s wise to be mindful of your personal safety, especially after dark. | Photo: Capomo81

Parque La Muralla is named after the ancient city walls of Lima, parts of which are still visible in the park. These remnants provide a unique glimpse into Lima’s colonial past.

The park also includes an archaeological site, offering insights into the pre-Columbian history of the area. As an urban park, it provides a pleasant green space for relaxation and leisure, offering a break from the bustling city streets.

The park often hosts cultural events, concerts, and fairs, especially on weekends, making it a lively place to experience local culture and community. Informational displays around the park provide educational insights into Lima’s history and the significance of the city walls.

Located in the historic center of Lima, it’s easily accessible and can be combined with visits to other nearby attractions, such as the Plaza Mayor and the Cathedral of Lima.

23. Admire colonial elegance at Peru’s Government Palace

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Access to the interiors of the palace is usually restricted, with entry generally allowed only as part of an official guided tour, which may require prior arrangement or may only be available on certain days.

The Government Palace is a stunning example of colonial architecture with neoclassical influences. Its façade and interiors are impressive and showcase the architectural elegance of Lima’s historic buildings.

As the seat of the executive power of Peru, the palace is steeped in the political history of the country. It stands on the same ground where the palace of the Inca ruler Pachacuti once stood, making it a site of historical continuity.

The palace is famous for its daily changing of the guard ceremony, a colorful and ceremonial event that attracts many visitors and provides a glimpse into Peru’s military traditions.

While the inside of the palace is not always open to the public, its exterior and the changing of the guard ceremony can be viewed by everyone, offering a taste of Peru’s governmental and architectural heritage.

Located in the historic center of Lima, it’s surrounded by other significant landmarks like the Plaza Mayor, Lima Cathedral, and the Archbishop’s Palace, making it a convenient addition to a walking tour of the area.

24. Navigate ancient crypts in the San Francisco Convent

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Located in Lima’s historic center, the San Francisco Convent is easily accessible and close to other major attractions, making it a convenient addition to any sightseeing itinerary.

The catacombs of the Convent of San Francisco serve as a significant historical site. They functioned as a burial place until the early 19th century and provide a unique insight into the city’s past.

The convent itself is an architectural masterpiece, featuring Spanish Baroque style, with intricate designs and an impressive library. Exploring the catacombs is a rare opportunity to walk through ancient burial sites and see the ossuaries where bones are arranged in decorative patterns.

The catacombs and the convent provide a window into the religious and cultural practices of colonial Peru. Apart from the catacombs, the convent is home to a significant collection of religious art, colonial-era paintings, and ancient manuscripts.

⛔ The catacombs contain human remains and might not be suitable for those who are claustrophobic or uncomfortable in such settings.

25. People-watch at Kennedy Park

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As with any urban park, it’s wise to be mindful of your personal belongings and safety. | Photo: Alexey Komarov

Visiting Kennedy Park in the Miraflores district of Lima is one of the must things to do in Lima, especially for those looking to enjoy a slice of local life and relax in a pleasant urban setting.

The park is a bustling hub of activity, filled with street performers, artists, and vendors. It’s a great place to experience the lively culture of Lima. Kennedy Park is famously home to many friendly stray cats, which are cared for by the local community. Cat lovers will particularly enjoy this unique aspect.

Around the park, you’ll often find art exhibitions and local crafts for sale, offering a chance to pick up unique souvenirs and support local artisans. The area surrounding Kennedy Park is filled with cafes, restaurants, and bars, offering a wide range of dining options, from traditional Peruvian cuisine to international fare.

It’s a popular spot for both locals and tourists, making it an ideal place for people-watching and soaking in the everyday life of Lima. The park provides a pleasant green space for relaxation and leisure activities, offering a break from the urban hustle.

🙋 What is Lima Peru best known for?

Lima, Peru, is best known for its exceptional culinary scene, often regarded as the gastronomic capital of South America. The city boasts a rich variety of foods blending indigenous, Spanish, African, and Asian influences, with famous dishes like ceviche and lomo saltado.

Additionally, Lima is renowned for its historical and architectural heritage, evident in its UNESCO-listed historic center, which features grand colonial architecture and significant churches.

The city also offers a range of cultural attractions, including notable museums like the Larco Museum, vibrant neighborhoods such as Miraflores and Barranco, and important archaeological sites like Huaca Pucllana.

✈️ Is Lima Peru good for tourists?

ABSOLUTELY! Lima is an excellent destination for tourists, offering a diverse array of experiences. Its world-class cuisine, historical sites, museums, and coastal beauty make it appealing for a wide range of interests.

The city’s modern amenities, combined with its rich cultural tapestry, provide a unique urban experience complemented by accessible day trips to nearby natural and archaeological attractions.

🆚 Is Cusco or Lima better to visit?

Choosing between Cusco and Lima depends on your interests. Lima offers a cosmopolitan experience with renowned gastronomy, coastal scenery, and urban cultural attractions.

Cusco, on the other hand, is the gateway to the Andes and the Inca civilization, boasting rich historical sites like Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley. While Lima provides a deep dive into Peru’s contemporary and colonial culture, Cusco offers a more historical and mystical experience centered on Inca heritage and Andean landscapes.

Both cities are uniquely appealing and cater to different aspects of Peru’s diverse allure.

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12 Comments

  1. Peru has been on my list for a long time, but I still didn’t make it there. My goal is to see the Machu Picchu, but also Lima so your post comes in very handy. I had no idea that you can swim with sea lions in Lima, so that’s good to know.

  2. Lima looks like such a happening place. I would use the hop-on-hop-off bus to first explore the city which I too normally do whenever I visit a place for the first time. Swimming with the sea lions at Palomino Islands is such an exciting idea. The food options look amazing and so does the idea of hostel partying. The Live music water show looks so colorful and refreshing. Overall a great place for a perfect holiday.

  3. We were so disappointed we missed Lima this year when Covid 19 hit and we were not allowed to land. Your post reminds me of why we added several days onto our cruise to spend time in Lima. But I will save this for our next visit. I heard the food was really great. So want to add a food tour to the list.

  4. swimming with seals!!! omg amazing! I never knew you could do this. What a fantastic place to visit! and an amazing detailed guide! ill be saving this for later!

  5. Wow! Very nice blog on Lima, I haven’t visited the place yet but I can see here that it has so many things to explore. I am really a night life explorer and after our blog I will definitely visit Barranco and must have dinner at La Dama Juana Restaurant as you have mentioned. Your blog will definitely help for explorer like me who have never visited Lima. I have to plan South America very soon, let this quarantine get over.

  6. Wow, Lima does seem to be an interesting city. I always believe that the capital of any country is important as we can find a lot about the people and culture of the country there. Lima is no exception with so many things to do there. You had me at swimming with the sea lions. That looks pretty cool! I am also quite fond of walking tours. A city can be best known by walking. Thanks for suggesting the amount of tip is given to the guide. I am always at loss about how much to tip after a free walking tour. And yes I would love to visit Lima only for a culinary tour. Truly, Peru has a lot to offer apart from the Inca ruins.

  7. Peru is so high on my bucket list and its capital looks fabulous! The archeological site of Pachacamac must be really interesting to explore and swimming with sea lions sounds awesome. Thanks for sharing this fab list!

  8. I love to walk around the cities & towns I go, but more often than not, I prefer self-guided tours, so I can spend more time at a place and skip another which I’m not interested in! Magic Water show and swimming with Sea Lions would be awesome, esp., since we have a toddler and she’d be mesmerized with these!!! The history buff in me wouldn’t miss Pachacamac & Huaca ruins. As you say, Machu Pichu is the main reason why I want to visit Peru, but when I’m there I’m glad to see I have so many more things to do and places to see!

  9. I am so glad that i came across to your blog. This is such a great post about Lima. Normally people only talk about Machu Picchu , but not about places like Lima. Loved reading about the details as what to do in Lima. I would love to swim with the SEA LIONS. That would be such a great experience. I love interacting with the locals and knowing their culture. Food is another thing which fascinates me. Markets, especially make me quite intrigued. Thank you for the post.

  10. It’s my first time to know that Lima is the only South American capital on the coast. Thank you for sharing these wonderful experienced you had in Lima, Peru!

  11. Wow! Very high-quality blog , I haven’t visited the location yet but I can see right here that it has so many matters to discover. I am surely a night time existence explorer and after our blog I will certainly go to Barranco and love to have dinner at La Dama Juana Restaurant as you have cited. Your blog will simply assist for explorer like me who have by no means visited Lima. I even have to plan South America very quickly, permit this quarantine recover from.

  12. I had planned to visit Lima in June 2020 but unfortunately cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. My wife was disappointed but we keep our hope high that we can visit this beautiful country in 2022. Thanks for sharing all the great activities especially swimming with wild sea lions and historic places in Lima. We will definitely sign up for the food tour as my wife and I love to try different foods and of course love to eat.

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