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What to do in Lima: 10 Unmissable Jewels

What to do in Lima: 10 Unmissable Jewels

Ten must-see activities to do in Lima, a city that delights with its historical sites, cultural activities, vibrant nightlife and hundreds of places to enjoy one of the best cuisines in the world.

1- Walk through the Historic Center of Lima:

Undoubtedly the number one activity to do in Lima, is to visit its jewel of the Historic Center declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, among stately homes, colonial mansions, delicate wooden balconies and more than 600 historical monuments.

This area is unmissable for its two most important squares: Plaza Mayor and Plaza San Martín, as well as its three most representative temples: the Cathedral, the Basilica of Santo Domingo and the Church of San Francisco with its catacombs. More information in the following article from the Historic Center of Lima.

2- Tour the Miraflores neighborhood:

One of the most tourist districts of the city, an area famous for its green seawalls on the cliffs, extensive beaches with warm waters and vast hotel infrastructure.

Highlights in the neighborhood, the gastronomic offer of the Larcomar Center, paragliding flights around the Malecón Cisneros and the archaeological site Huaca Pucllana. More information of all its attractions in the following article of the Barrio Miraflores.

3- Tour the San Isidro neighborhood:

Today Centro Financiero de Lima, corresponds to an elegant neighborhood to walk and admire its modern buildings, extensive parks and cultural centers, in an environment that is enriched by the most exclusive restaurants and bars in the city.

Unmissable places to visit, correspond to the Olivar Forest with acres of olive trees planted more than four centuries ago and Avenida Conquistadores, considered the most luxurious avenue in Peru.

4- Magical Water Circuit:

Located in the Parque de la Reserva in the Santa Beatriz neighborhood, it corresponds to a magical spectacle of water, music, light and images, displayed by 13 ornamental fountains, many of them now restored, dating from 1929.

A show of illusion and fantasy, creditor of the Guinness Record for the Highest Fountain Complex in the World in a public park, an ideal walk to do in Lima during the sunset, moment where the show reaches its splendor.

5- Camping in Marcahuasi:

Plateau located to the east of Lima, characterized by its gigantic granite rocks, which result from erosion have originated enigmatic sculptures in stone, a mystical place, considered a center of energy and a place for UFO sightings.

To access the place, you should take a long walk, being a walk designed for 2 days and one night.

6- Visit Huaca Pucllana:

Archaeological Site located in the neighborhood of Miraflores, consisting of a pyramid 25 meters high and a set of patios, plazas and enclosures, attributed to the Lima Culture, who inhabited the territory between 100 and 650 AD.

The place is enriched with a series of life-size recreations of aborigines of this culture carrying out daily activities and rituals, as well as a small exhibition room that houses the objects and testimonies found on the site.

7- Visit Larco Museum:

An unmissable visit to make in Lima for lovers of history, a fascinating museum that chronologically exposes the 3000 years of human development of the pre-Columbian cultures of Peru.

Among its collections stands out its unique gallery of erotic art, with explicit pieces that highlight the cultural relationship between sexuality with agricultural production, funeral practices and sacrificial ceremonies. Information on schedules and rates on the Larco Museum website.

8- Visit Amano Museum:

Interesting museum with exhibitions of ceramic pieces, fabrics and objects of all Peruvian pre-Columbian cultures.

Among its collections are textiles from the Chancay culture, famous for their technical effects that are considered pioneers of the time, with works ranging from basic fabrics decorated by dyes, to the finest gauze, lace, brocade and tapestries, using general themes such as the waves of the sea and the two-headed snake.

9- Visit San Pedro de Osma Museum:

Located in an elegant neo-classical palace that was once the residence of the Osma family, it corresponds to a museum that treasures the personal collection of its patriarch Don Pedro de Osma Gildemeister, corresponding to paintings and objects from different areas and techniques that reflect the richness of art Peruvian from the sixteenth, seventeenth, eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

His organization based on themes over chronology, is one of his singularities, grouping his works based on categories such as virgins, angels, allegories, portraits, among others.

10- Eating in Barrio Barranco:

One of the most charming areas in Lima, characterized by its viewpoints that allow privileged views of the sunset and its old restored mansions of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, when the area was the favorite resort of Lima’s upper class.

Today it is one of the most bohemian neighborhoods of the capital, housing numerous restaurants, bars and folkloric clubs that fill up during the weekends, especially in the area surrounding the romantic Bridge of Sighs and the Bajada de Baños.

Bonus- Enjoy the local Gastronomy:
What to do in Lima Eating
Rocoto Relleno, one of the typical dishes of Peruvian cuisine. In the franzconde Flickr.

Enjoying its typical cuisine, it is undoubtedly something that can not be missed in Lima, recognized with the World Travel Awards 2012 as the main Culinary Destination, it has undoubtedly been consecrated as the gastronomic capital of America.

Among its gastronomy, there are at least 490 typical dishes, characteristic for their attractive color and for their spicy flavor with various variations of chili.

Finding where to eat in Lima, is not a complex task since the city has thousands of restaurants exponents of local cuisine, however neighborhoods such as Miraflores, San Isidro and Barranco, allow for the concentration of these in the same area, have an enormous possibility of choice.

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