Lima Travel Guide | the only capital city that faces the sea in South America

Because Lima is a trend, for its people, its living culture, for every bit of Peru that you will find on your way; therefore, a single visit will never be enough. Lima, full of colonial wealth, is the only capital in South America with access to the sea and to be named Gastronomic Capital of Latin America.

Historical Center

Touring its historic center, declared a Cultural Heritage of Humanity, is living with the past and the present. Its beautiful squares and monuments; its imposing mansions with colonial and republican balconies; its many churches that house priceless works of art; and its restaurants and taverns full of flavor and tradition, are some of the options that can be explored on foot.

Miraflores and the Costa Verde

Lima is the only South American capital facing the sea and the Miraflores neighborhood does know how to take advantage of it; especially when the Costa Verde crosses under its cliffs bringing tourists closer to the waves and a gastronomic offer that includes sunsets a la carte. Miraflores combines this magical proximity to the Pacific with its old houses, which survive interspersed with modern buildings and archaeological sites, and a privileged boardwalk: here you will find everything from an exclusive shopping center to beautiful parks and dozens of paragliders playing with the wind. Simply price

Lima by bike

From the coastal boardwalk to the center of Barranco, in Lima you can grab a bike and start pedaling.

What awaits you? … a colorful landscape bordering the Costa Verde and, also, the view of the archaeological sites of San Isidro. If you like the bohemian life, the streets of Barranco will be your thing, with walls full of art and avenues of imposing trees with more than 100 years of history. Whichever scenery you go through, riding a bike through Lima is an experience you will never forget.

A date with 5,000 years of history

Surrounded by beautiful gardens, the Larco museum is actually an 18th century vice-royal mansion that houses an impressive private collection of pieces from pre-Columbian Peru. Within the permanent exhibition of the museum, the Gold and Jewelry Room stands out with wonderful pieces made by virtuous goldsmiths of ancient Peru to honor their gods. No less attention captures the erotic huacos room, which shows us its interesting vision on sexuality. 

Definitely, visiting the Larco museum is connecting and reconnecting with the Andean worldview.

It is also enjoyed with the palate

Considered the Gastronomic Capital of Latin America, everything in Lima revolves around food. And this is evident in its excellent restaurants, bars and taverns where thousands of years of flavors and ingredients from the coast, mountains and jungle are fused.

And all this is reflected in restaurants of the stature of Central, Maido or Astrid & Gastón, considered the best in the world according to The World’s 50 Best Restaurants … A fascinating journey through aromas, textures and endless surprises with which you can it will make your mouth water.

But it is not necessary to go to haute cuisine. Almost in any corner, or in the middle of the street, you will find authentic ‘delicatessen’. Capital of flavor and good eating, Lima has a great variety in terms of typical dishes offered in places as diverse as 5-star hotels, restaurants, cebicherías, chicken shops, markets, “huariques” and chifas (Chinese food restaurants). Converted into the main table of regional cuisine, it is also the headquarters of the most important gastronomic fair in Latin America: Mistura.

Its cuisine captivates palates with an extensive menu of dishes, in which fish is one of the stars and ceviche, a national pride. Tiradito, a version of ceviche without onion, and stretcher, fish broth with seafood, are typical marine dishes. The long list includes rice with seafood, chorrillana fish, parmesan shells, choritos a la chalaca, mixed jelly, tequeños stuffed with crab pulp, cause stuffed with tuna, fried rice with fish, pasta with seafood sauce, etc. .

The African presence contributed to our kitchen the use of beef viscera that originated the famous anticuchos, skewers of heart of beef fried on charcoal grills; the cau cau, a stew of tripe and potatoes, and the tacu tacu, cooked beans mixed with rice, with meat or seafood topping or on top. The Peruvian-Hispanic fusion created dishes such as Cause Lima, a mashed potato stuffed with poultry, seafood or avocado and tomato; the tamale, a cooking of ground corn seasoned and stuffed with chicken or pork; and the ají de gallina, a hot pepper stew, milk, bread and spices with shredded breasts.

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