Move your obsession with Machu Picchu if you are planning on a luxury travels in Peru. Not that the historic site is a pushover for the globetrotters, it is just that your travel becomes unidirectional and denies you of discovering the Peruvian capital Lima. It has to be on the bucket lists and we can give you plenty of reasons to your question “Why”. By and large it’d be exploring the historic centre, paragliding high above the coast, feasting on Peruvian cuisine, dancing all night in a hidden bar. Find out more about the things to do in Lima.
- A walking tour of Lima- It is not just Lima but almost all the major tourist location across the world which can be toured on foot. There’s no better way to get to know a city than by exploring it on your own two feet. It’s even better when you can do so with a local guide and a group of like-minded travelers. The real icing on the cake, though, is when the tour is totally free! Joining a free walking tour is definitely one of the best things to do in Lima, and it’s the perfect place to begin your trip in the Peruvian capital.
- Plaza de Armas- Also known as the Plaza Mayor, this was the birthplace of Lima when the Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro founded the city in 1535. As per the order of King Charles I of Spain, the city was centred on a square-shaped plaza. The Plaza de Armas is surrounded by important historical and cultural landmarks, such as the Lima Cathedral and Government Palace. It’s a beautiful tree-lined plaza with a fountain in the middle and a great spot to relax for a while. The cathedral has a gorgeous exterior, but you’ll need to go inside to truly appreciate it. It’s free to enter to a certain point, but you’ll need 10 soles (about $3) to go further inside and see the museum full of religious art.
- San Cristobal Hill- The hill is revered as an apu – a mountain deity that protects the city. As they tended to do, the Spanish conquistadors imposed their beliefs on the indigenous people by planting a cross here. People still make offerings to the mountains, and a massive pilgrimage of Christians occurs here during Semana Santa. While you may be tempted to hike up the hill, that is ill-advised. This isn’t the safest part of Lima, so it’s not the best place to be walking around on your own. The best way to get up the hill is by catching the bus in the Plaza de Armas.
- Biking along the Malecon- Lima is known as the Garden City, and that’s thanks in large part to the beautiful, cliffside Malecon. It stretches for several kilometers high above the Pacific Ocean in Miraflores and contains several different parks. Taking a walk or riding a bike along the Malecon is easily one of the most fun things to do in Lima. The views of Lima’s Costa Verde (Green Coast) off to the side are incredible, and there’s a lot to see and do along the way. One of the highlights of strolling the Malecon is the Parque del Amor (Park of Love). Here you’ll find the huge sculpture called El Beso (The Kiss), which depicts the artist kissing his wife.
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