The sprawling metropolis of Lima is filled with enough things to see and do to last you for days on end, but due to its sheer size and difficulty to get around, the task of exploring Lima can be a daunting one. We’re here to help you with this rundown of the best things to see and do in Lima in 2018.
Hang out all day in Lima’s most hippy and bohemian neighborhood. There is plenty to do, from shopping at boutique stores to checking out the colorful streets of Barranco.
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1. GuatemalaAn express adventure for those with limited time off. Prepare yourself incredible experiences. You will hike a volcano, visit mayan temples and witness a ceremony and take in beautiful colonial Antigua.
2. BelizeA quick trip not too far away for those seeking a relaxing mini break. You will have plenty of free time to relax but also some awesome activities to experience the rainforest and the caribbean sea.
3. MexicoAn exciting mini trip exploring the lesser known colonial towns of central Mexico. This is hte perfect trip for someone with limited time off and still wants to turn on explorer mode and do something different.
1. EcuadorA remarkable 8 days adventure through the Andes and the Amazon rainforest. The best choice for adventure seekers wishing to visit the 2 most iconic areas of South America, in only 1 week and no flights.
2. PeruAn alternative itinerary to classic Peru, from Cusco to Arequipa. This itinerary is great combination of highlights Cusco and Machu Picchu with the lesser known Arequipa and Colca Canyon.
1. ItalyThe ultimate Italian experience from the vibrant streets of Naples to the breathtaking sceneries of the Amalfi Coast followed by Matera and down to Puglia with its golden beaches, intense flavours and fascinating destinations.
2. ScotlandEmbark on this great adventure starting from London all the way to Scotland with a true Scottish experience made of breathtaking sceneries, whisky tasting and ..lots of fun! Ideal for train lovers and explorers.
3. PortugalA wonderful train journey around Portugal, from the romantic city of Porto to the Douro Valley, to the beautiful Aveiro all the way to Lisbon and Sintra. The perfect trip to train, culinary and culture lovers.
1. South KoreaDiscover incredible temples, mountains and modern cities on this 10 day adventure. This trip is perfect for those seeking immersion in the cuisine, culture and natural wonders of South Korea.
2. ThailandFrom Bankgok to Angkor Wat to Ho Chi Minh City and everything in between - adventure through the heart of South-East Asia. Taste the delights, see history brought to life and unwind on a Mekong River cruise.
3. Sri LankaA fantastic adventure that showcases Sri Lanka's fantastic landscapes, wildlife and flavours. With 3 epic rail journeys, 3 UNESCO heritage sites and time to relax, this trip has loads to offer at a great price
1. MoroccoAn epic journey across Morocco: from Casablanca to Marrakech, through the blue city of Chefchaouen to the wonders of the desert and deep to the High Atlas Mountains - this trip has it all! Ideal for true explorers!
2. EgyptFrom Cairo to Aswan, this trip brings the land of the pharaohs to life. You'll visit the Pyramids, Valley of the Kings and Luxor Temple and cruise down the Nile in style. This is the perfect way to explore Egypt.
The Anniversary of Lima
On January 18, Lima celebrates the day it was founded by the Spanish conqueror Francisco Pizzaro. There are parades and parties taking place all over the city.
Plaza de Armas
The historical center of Lima is an architectural beauty and worth a day to explore. There is the spectacular Presidential Palace, the old cathedral, and plenty of beautiful balconies to enjoy looking at.
Bike Along the Malécon de Miraflores
The most beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean are undoubtedly those from the Miraflores boardwalk, perched up on a stunning cliffside. Rent a bike and explore all of it.
National Pisco Sour day
Why not have a day to celebrate Peru’s famous drink, the pisco sour? Join the crowds of people sipping on Peru’s national drink, getting tiddly and having a good time on the first Saturday of February.
Named after the 35th American president, this park encompasses a beautiful church and also offers plenty of vendors scattered throughout the park among the verdant green grass and trees. It is also home to hundreds of street cats, who are protected here.
National Horse Tournament
The biggest horse tournament in Peru happens just outside Lima every April and is a good way to catch a traditional Limeño event.
The event is hosted by popular Peruvian chefs and celebrities, who come together to celebrate the wonderful diversity of Peruvian cuisine. The event takes place in the second week of September.
Drink in Colonial Mansions
Drink a pisco sour in one of Lima’s many Colonial-mansions-turned bars, such as Ayahuasca in Barranco.
Señor de los Milagros
One of the biggest processions in Latin America takes place every year, at the end of October or beginning of November, in the streets of Lima. The procession is in remembrance of a picture of Christ, called Señor de los Milagros (‘Lord of Miracles’), that survived a devastating earthquake in the 17th century.
Paraglide Over Miraflores
Adrenaline junkies will love this one. You take off from Miraflores’ cliffside and fly over a highway, the ocean, and the beach.
Central Restaurante ranks number four in the world and has also been voted the best restaurant in Latin America. This restaurant serves food as art, with each dish representing a different ecological zone of Peru. The dishes are served by altitude.
Go to a Peña
Peñas are music venues or restaurants, or even someone’s house, where traditional Peruvian music is played by a live band. They are a real throwback to the classic Lima of days gone by.
You’ll find an extensive collection of erotic pottery and art that dates back to pre-Columbian times, as well as other remarkable artifacts that take you on a journey through Peru’s rich cultural history. This is without a doubt one of the best museums in Lima.
Visit the Catacombs
Underneath Lima’s San Francisco de Lima Basilica and Convent lies the burial site of over 25,000 bodies. The catacombs are open to the public for a small fee.
The happening neighborhood is a great place to see the everyday hustle and bustle of Lima taking place before your eyes, as well as a great place to eat some of the best chifa (Peruvian–Chinese food) in Lima.
A Peruvian Market
In a Peruvian market you’ll find the beating heart of Peruvian life, and some great prices on food and souvenirs. Start at the Mercado Central, a couple of blocks from the Plaza de Armas, and for souvenirs, try the Feria Artesanal.
Lima’s best surf break, located in Chorrillos, is a must-visit for any surfer. During a good swell, it’ll get pumping and offers one of the best lefts in Peru.
El Circuito Mágico del Agua
This water park is a great place to bring kids and let them run around and get wet from all the shooting fountains; just remember to bring a towel.
The most romantic place to spend an evening in Lima is without a doubt this bridge, the Bridge of Sighs, in Barranco. It has inspired countless artists and writers, and it’s time to let it inspire you.
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