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One day in Lima

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From pretty beaches to delicious seafood to loads of history, Peru's capital has much to offer. This guide hits the must-see spots, with tips for enjoying your one day in Lima to the fullest.

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  • Shopping Fanatic
  • Nightlife Seeker
  • Foodie
  • Luxury Traveller
  • Like a Local

10 Places

6 City Tips

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10 Places

Miraflores

Neighbourhoods, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Parque Kennedy - Parque Central de Miraflores

Parks

Shopping Center Larcomar (Centro Comercial Larcomar)

Gift & Speciality Shops

Huaca Pucllana

Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites

Huaca Pucllana

Restaurants

Parque El Olivar

Parks

Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor)

Fountains, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco

Churches & Cathedrals

Circuito Magico del Agua

Parks, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Barranco

Neighbourhoods

Roberto R's City Tips

  • In restaurants, tipping is totally optional. If you tip, 10% of the bill is standard.
  • The Metropolitano public bus service is the best way to connect from the center of Lima to Miraflores, the popular beach area of town.
  • Taxis are an easy way to move around, but be sure to negotiate the price before getting in the cab.
  • I recommend learning a few words in Spanish before traveling, as not everyone in Lima is bilingual.
  • Do not drink tap water; buy bottled water instead.
  • For security reasons, take only a licensed yellow taxi or a registered taxi (also identified as "Taxi Metropolitano").
  • Miraflores
    Neighbourhoods, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Roberto R Says:

    Miraflores is one of the most visited neighborhoods in Lima, due to its wide variety of attractions. In addition to craggy cliffs and pretty beaches, this coastal neighborhood abounds with green spaces, public art, and shopping opportunities galore. I suggest taking a walk or a bike ride through El Malecón (a six-mile stretch of parks above the Pacific), making stops at the Miraflores lighthouse and the iconic Parque del Amor (Park of Love).

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Bikes are available for rent, and there is a bike path all around the neighborhood.
    • Free WiFi is available in the parks.
    • On any given day, the sky above El Malecón is dotted with parasails; flights are only 10 minutes, if you find yourself craving a thrill, Parque del Amor is a good take-off spot.
    • If you're looking for silverware or jewelry, Avenida La Paz is the street to find them, and Avenida Petit Thouars is lined with craft shops.
    • You'll find many shops and restaurants along Avenida Larco, which culminates in the shopping complex Larcomar.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 310 things to do in Lima
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great location 20/10/2018
    • Wonderful, walkable and safe 20/10/2018
    • Miraflores
    Address:
    Miraflores District
    Lima
    Peru
    Phone:
    +51 1 6177272
    Other:
  • Parque Kennedy - Parque Central de Miraflores
    Parks
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    Roberto R Says:

    While you are in Miraflores, you need to stop in Parque Kennedy, known by tourists as the 'cat park' because there are felines everywhere! Lots of shops, bars, and restaurants can be found all around the park too.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • There are several dessert carts around the park; I suggest "picarones" (squash and sweet potato donuts) and "suspiro limeño" ("sigh of Lima," a delicious local pudding dessert).
    • Free WiFi is available in the park.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #37 of 310 things to do in Lima
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Wonderful place to relax, and it's safe and surrounded by restaurants 20/10/2018
    • Love cats 06/10/2018
    • Parque Kennedy - Parque Central de Miraflores
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  • Shopping Center Larcomar (Centro Comercial Larcomar)
    Gift & Speciality Shops
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    Roberto R Says:

    Larcomar is one in the best shopping centers of Peru. Built into the cliff, it offers exceptional views of the Lima coast in addition to sundry shops and high-end brands, a variety of restaurants and coffee shops, nightclubs, and a cinema. If you are a shopping fanatic, you will fall in love with this place, and if you're not, you'll still love the views.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Larcomar is within walking distance from Parque Kennedy and Parque del Amor in Miraflores.
    • There is bike parking available, if you're riding one.
    • WiFi is available.
    • For the non-shoppers in your group, Larcomar offers other entertainments, including a bowling alley.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 112 Shopping in Lima
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Fab area- great atmosphere 20/10/2018
    • Average Mall in Beautiful setting 17/10/2018
    • Shopping Center Larcomar (Centro Comercial Larcomar)
    Address:
    Avenida Malecon de la Reserva, 610
    Lima 18
    Peru
    Phone:
    +51 1 6206000
    Other:
  • Huaca Pucllana
    Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites
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    Roberto R Says:

    Historical ruins (called "huacas") from ancient Peruvian civilizations are scattered throughout Lima, and Huaca Pucllana in Miraflores is one of the best examples. Many of the other huacas are fenced off, but not preserved. Much of Huaca Pucllana, on the other hand, has been restored, providing an interesting glimpse into ancient culture. Likely built around 500 AD, Huaca Pucllana was a ceremonial and administrative center for a society called 'Cultural Lima,' which developed along the central coast between 200 and 700 AD.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Do not forget to visit the museum inside the archaeological site.
    • Ask to have a guide show you around, which will allow you to learn more about the history of the site.
    • The site is open every day except Tuesday.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #25 of 310 things to do in Lima
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Dine with history 20/10/2018
    • Impressive ruins of the Peaceful People (women!) but get a good guide to get the most out of your experience 20/10/2018
    • Huaca Pucllana
    Address:
    Calle General Borgono Cuadra, 8
    Miraflores
    Lima
    Peru
    Phone:
    +51 1 6177148
    Hours:
    Wed - Mon
    09:00 - 17:00
    Other:
  • Huaca Pucllana
    Restaurants (Peruvian, Latin, Soups, International)
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    Roberto R Says:

    Located right next to the archaeological site, the restaurant of the same name is a great option for lunch after a morning of sightseeing. The top-rated restaurant prides itself (and rightly so) on serving delicious Peruvian dishes made from quality, locally sourced ingredients.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    Tips
    • This is a pricy restaurant, but it's worth the splurge!
    • My favorite dish is "Lomo Saltado," a stir fry that that combines marinated strips of sirloin with onions and tomatoes, served with white rice and french fries.
    • Huaca Pucllana is open for lunch from 12-4pm.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #91 of 2,715 restaurants in Lima
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • What a view 17/10/2018
    • Amazing view 29/09/2018
    • Huaca Pucllana
    Address:
    8 General Borgono Cuadra
    Lima 27
    Peru
    Phone:
    +51 1 4454042
    Price range:
    US$25 - US$50
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:30 - 00:00
    Other:
  • Parque El Olivar
    Parks
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    Roberto R Says:

    Located in the district of San Isidro, Parque El Olivar is a huge park full of olive trees. It's a great spot for walking, picnicking, or simply relaxing — and there are plenty of great photo ops too!

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The easiest way to get here is by taxi.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #10 of 310 things to do in Lima
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Early morning walk 13/10/2018
    • Nice Oasis 11/10/2018
    • Parque El Olivar
    Address:
    Avenue La Republica
    Calles: Francisco Tamayo, Choquehuanca, Hermilio Hernandez, Conde de la Monclova, Carolina Vargas.
    Lima
    Peru
    Phone:
    +51 1 5139000
    Hours:
    Mon - Sat
    09:00 - 17:00
    Other:
  • Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor)
    Fountains, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Roberto R Says:

    The Plaza de Armas, also known as Plaza Mayor, is located in the historic center of Lima. It's surrounded by beautiful and important buildings, including the Government Palace, where the president lives, the Cathedral of Lima, the Archbishop's Palace, and the Municipal Palace of Lima. The architecture remains largely the same as when Lima was founded, complete with a beautiful bronze fountain, dating back to 1650, at the center of the square.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • You can get here by taxi or by using public transportation (Metropolitano service).
    From the community
    Ranked #21 of 310 things to do in Lima
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Changing of the Guards 20/10/2018
    • Historic architecture 20/10/2018
    • Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor)
    Address:
    Jr. Junin and Jr. Carabaya
    Lima
    Peru
    Phone:
    +51 980 048 502
    Other:
  • Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco
    Churches & Cathedrals
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    Roberto R Says:

    One of the best preserved of Lima's many colonial churches, the buttery yellow Iglesia San Francisco is a beautiful example of baroque architecture, with gilded side altars and a stunning Moorish-style cupola. Perhaps better known than the church itself, however, are the catacombs, the final resting place of an estimated 75,000 bodies. Part of Lima's original cemeteries, the catacombs are fascinating to explore, since many of the remains are exposed along the walls or stacked in strange patterns.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Please check the photo rules when you get there; photography is prohibited in some parts of the church and for certain paintings.
    • If you are claustrophobic or squeamish, the catacombs are not for you.
    • Opening hours are from 9:30am-5:30pm, and guided tours of the church and catacombs depart regularly.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #20 of 310 things to do in Lima
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Wonderful history and architecture, it's a shame you can't photograph inside the courtyard etc 20/10/2018
    • Homage to St Martin de Pores and St Rose of Lima 20/10/2018
    • Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco
    Address:
    Plaza San Francisco
    Jirón Lampa y Ancash
    Lima
    Peru
    Phone:
    +51 1 4267377
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    09:00 - 20:15
    Other:
  • Circuito Magico del Agua
    Parks, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Roberto R Says:

    As the sun is going down, head to Parque De La Reserva to check out the Magic Water Circuit. A series of 13 distinct fountains, the circuit holds the world record for largest fountain complex in the world. At night, they light up and dance, in show of lights and colors that kicks off a magical evening!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Nightlife Seeker
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Make sure to check the times of the light shows (displayed on the main fountain), as they change depending on the day.
    • Bring and extra t-shirt, as some fountains can get you wet!
    • There is a small entry fee.
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 310 things to do in Lima
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • 15 minutes of Peruvian culture in laser and water show, worth it, but don't be late! 20/10/2018
    • Water Park 17/10/2018
    • Circuito Magico del Agua
    Address:
    Parque de la Reserva
    Corner of Jiron Madre de Dios
    Lima
    Peru
    Phone:
    +51 1 4240827
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    15:00 - 22:30
    Other:
  • Barranco
    Neighbourhoods
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    Roberto R Says:

    Not too far from Miraflores and Larcomar, the district of Barranco is known not only for its tourist attractions, but also as a bohemian district, where many artists and writers live. Nights are always young here, and weekends are ideal for the night owls who like to party! (There are several clubs and nice pubs around.) I suggest strolling along the Bajada de Baños, a stone walkway that leads to the water, and down to Puente de los Suspiros (the "Bridge of Sighs"), where you can truly feel the essence of the neighborhood.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • When you cross the "Puente de los Suspiros" make a wish and hold your breath until you get to very end! It is a Peruvian tradition that most people try the first time they cross.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #18 of 310 things to do in Lima
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great spot for backpackers 18/10/2018
    • Beautiful at night 16/10/2018
    • Barranco
    Address:
    Barranco District
    Lima
    Peru
    Phone:
    +51 978 323 704
    Other:
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