As Peru’s capital city, Lima is packed with things to do – but if you’re looking for something off the beaten path, you’re in the right place. Nowhere else can you bike along the shore, take surf lessons from the locals and end the night sipping on a pisco sour and singing along to música criolla (Peruvian polka). From the spooky catacombs under San Francisco de Lima Basilica to partying in Peña La Oficina, these are the weirdest and wackiest things to do in Lima.
This romantic cafe in Barranco is housed in a converted rail car, the perfect spot for a pick-me-up or a late-night pisco sour. Many pop in for a quick café, but also try out the vegetarian buffet, sandwiches, pizza or opt for just desserts. If you drop by at night, you just might catch some live music played by the locals.
During the Spanish Inquisition, those who committed crimes or acts against Christianity were burnt at the stake in Lima’s main square. Fortunately, the Spanish Inquisition was suppressed in 1834. At this museum, you can learn about the entire process heretics went through. Visit the old torture chambers and courthouse where public hearings took place – mannequins have been placed in torture machines to show how painful it would have been for those who defied the church. Legend says that the chambers are haunted.
Before drones made it onto the market, paragliding was the only way to get an astonishing view of Costa Verde, a road that follows the Pacific coast atop Lima’s cliffs. To experience this bird’s eye perspective, book a 10- to 15-minute paragliding session with an instructor. Soar over the rooftops of Lima and spot people surfing in the waves below. You’ll even come away with an HD film of your flight. Ideal for those who like extreme sports and are not afraid of heights.
Manuel Orbegozo contributed additional reporting to this article.