Places to visit in Peru: Lima

I have heard a few times, from people who went on trips to Peru, that Lima is less than interesting. I have a different view. A few capitals in Latin America are as interesting as Lima to me. The second world’s driest capital, while my first impression here may be that of a modern city, with overwhelming, never stopping chaos – the deafening sound of car horns may drive you insane – the fog that swallows Miraflores’s cliffs giving it a mysterious aura, the gourmet restaurants, the museums, the archeological sites make the city truly fascinating and definitely make it one of the places to visit in Peru.

Things to do in Lima

Things to do in Lima: looking at workers scrubbing those skyscrapers

Where to sleep in Lima:

My recommendation for “quiet” backpackers – ie those who don’t have much of a taste for loud parties but prefer a quiet, friendly and relaxed atmosphere – is to stay at Lima Backpackers, a lovely hostel in Santiago de Surco. It is only a few bus stops from Miraflores and Barranco, but a world away from their noise. Book well in advance, as there only are 8 beds (one mixed dorm and one all female dorm). More than a hostel, it feels like an apartment to share with friends, with a perfectly equipped kitchen, a lovely living room, and with the host, Marco, who somehow creates a great friendly environment, taking care of tired travellers, making sure they bond, giving suggestions on things to do in Lima and even teaching them how to make a delicious Pisco Sour.

Things to do in Lima:

Plaza de Armas and its surroundings are definitely places to visit in Peru – for museums and history lovers, and archeology junkies will love the ruins of Huaca Pucllana.

Places to visit in Peru

Things to do in Lima: visiting the airy Plaza de Armas in Lima

One of my favourite things to see in Peru are the Miraflores’ Cliffs, from where I can enjoy one of the most amazing sunsets I will ever see. I spent a good hour looking at surfers riding the waves of the freezing cold Pacific Ocean; admiring the guts of paragliders.

Things to do in Lima Peru: admire the sunset from Miraflores

Things to do in Lima Peru: admire the sunset from Miraflores

Things to do in Lima: paragliding in Miraflores

Things to do in Lima: paragliding in Miraflores

Kitties in Parque Kennedy

Kitties in Parque Kennedy

Heading back to town, animal lovers must stop at Kennedy Park, home of more than 50 cats and a few dogs, who will reluctantly move from the benches to allow tourists to rest. I had to share those benches.

Since I was in a bit of a hurry and I needed some help in organising your trip through Peru, arranging tours in Lima and seek more advice on places to visit in Peru, I found that there is an agency in Miraflores run by the lovely Aldo Dolci, it is located in Avenida Jose Pardo 610, office 4, and the email contact is

Food in Lima:

One of the things to do in Peru is trying its amazing food. Recommending a place to eat in Lima is pretty much pointless: this is the gourmet capital of Latin America, home to some of the best chefs in the continent, land of fusion cuisine. From ceviche to sushi, from pizza to steaks, from Chinese food to seafood, it really is difficult to go wrong in Lima, and there is anything for all budgets. And, when I was keen to prepare my own meals, the upscale supermarket near Lima Backpackers suites all my needs.

Wishing to explore more of Peru? Find out how here.