Lima's international airport makes it the most common entry point for travelers heading to Peru's many cultural and adventure destinations, including Machu Picchu. Due to flight schedules, most travelers spend at least one evening in the metropolitan capital—but with so much to do here, it's easy to extend your stay. Enjoy the art galleries and ocean views of lively Miraflores, dine at Michelin-starred restaurants and local food stands, or visit Incan ruins within city limits: read on for more about what to do in Lima, whether you have a few hours or a few days to spend.
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Lima offers history, world-class museums, an unbeatable foodie scene, and the second-largest cityscape in South America. Not sure where to start? To the rescue: a foolproof plan for a perfect day in the Peruvian capital.
Lima is a majorly underrated destination for travelers with kids in tow. Peru’s capital city has plenty to keep families entertained: hands-on museums, beachfront promenades, a zoo, and a water park popular with locals, to name just a few.
Bohemian Barranco is one of Lima's coolest neighborhoods. One look at the area's vibrant street art, beachfront cafés, hip boutique hotels, romantic footbridges, and charming old mansions, and you'll understand why. From museums to ceviche bars, discover the best of Barranco with this guide.
Come for the ocean views, stay for ancient ruins and first-class shopping. Miraflores is one of Lima's most popular neighborhoods, thanks to its dramatic clifftop location, breezy green spaces, open-air malls, and stylish restaurants and bars. Find out what to do, where to stay, and what to eat with this neighborhood guide.
Lima has the attention of food lovers all over the world. But the Peruvian capital's culinary reputation creates a challenge for travelers: with so many great places to eat, where should you plan to go? Here are eight restaurants you shouldn't miss.
Lima is one of South America’s most cosmopolitan cities. In the hip neighborhoods of Barranco, Miraflores, San Isidro and beyond, new boutique hotels are popping up overnight. There are artsy hotels, bohemian hotspots, swish modernist joints bathed in white, and plenty of options in between that cater to all tastes and budgets.
When the sun goes down in Lima, it's time to celebrate with a cocktail. Peru's national drink, the pisco sour, is a must—and there are plenty of chic and festive spots to try one. Let this list point you to the best spirits in the city.
Each year more and more travelers to Peru are discovering the pleasures of its capital city—and bringing their kids along for the ride. It's easy to see why: from world-class gastronomy to great surf beaches and expansive colonial parks, Lima provides the ideal conditions for an epic family vacation. Convinced? Here's where you should stay.
Peru may be world-renowned for its incredible cuisine, but it's also at the vanguard of the third-wave coffee movement. Today, gourmet beans are harvested in Peru's fertile coffee regions and finding their way to local artisans, who treat them with love—here are some of the best places to score a perfect cup.
Peru may be famous for its ceviche, but vegetables are a way of life here too—after all, it's home to 3,800 varieties of potatoes alone. Combine this bounty with Lima's renowned food scene, and it's no surprise that vegetarian and vegan eateries abound. Here's a list of the best spots to grab a raw taco, quinoa burger, or a big bowl of cashew pesto pasta, in the trendy Miraflores neighborhood and beyond.