Lima is not, at first glance, the best city in the world for pedestrians and runners. A typical Lima day is filled with bumper-to-bumper traffic that can come to a screeching stop, and when the traffic clears, drivers can fly into speeding rages. There are seemingly no times of day and no places that are suitable for running while in Lima – but really, you just need to know where to look.
Just below the cliff and the Miraflores’ Malecón are Lima’s beaches. They range from sandy to rocky, so running through them isn’t ideal. However, there is a path that runs parallel with the freeway running along the coastline that makes for a perfect route for runners. You’ll follow the freeway at times, and then follow the path through some of the sandier beaches. You can also make some detours and go along some of the beaches or down to the pier.
Another great boardwalk to run on is the one in Barranco. It isn’t as manicured as Miraflores’ parks, but it is still beautiful and safe. Barranco connects to the beaches below, so you can combine this run with a run on the beaches if you want to stretch your legs.
San Isidro is one of Lima’s safest neighborhoods and it was one of the first to construct bike paths throughout the area. You can follow them throughout the area, exploring one of Lima’s most upscale districts.
Barranco is Lima’s bohemian district, famed for its colored houses and graffitied streets. A great way to explore it all is taking a run through the vibrant streets. This way you will be able to take it all in in a shorter time. While not ideal for running, it’s doable along the sidewalks, and Barranco is one of the city’s safer neighborhoods.
The Chorrillos district was once where Lima’s wealthiest people had their vacation homes. While this in no longer the case, Chorrillos still offers one of Lima’s most beautiful views of the ocean from its boardwalk. You can run along the boardwalk and then turn up towards the white Christ statue that stands guard above the city. It’s not the safest district of the city, so it’s not advisable to run while listening to music on your cell phone here.