Travel Guide – Lima, Peru

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City Guide to Lima Peru

A capital city positively bursting at the seams with rich culture, mind-blowing gastronomy and mystical heritage, Lima is more often than not close to the top of the adventurous traveller’s bucketlist. Also known as The City of Kings, the beautiful and chaotic metropolis is a melting pot of traditional and contemporary culture alike which is what makes it so popular. Whether you’re after fusion cuisine tapas on a rooftop mixology bar or you want to spend the day gorging yourself on the city’s fascinating history, there’s something for every taste. This city guide will give you a quick rundown of what to do and see in the Peruvian capital.


Barranco is the irresistibly, irrefutably bohemian zone of Lima, nestled just south of the well-known Miraflores district and alive with street art and energy. While it’s beautiful enough to simply stroll around, be sure to check out the Puente De Suspiros (Bridge of Sighs), one of the most romantic spots in town, especially once the sun goes down. Enjoy cocktails in converted colonial houses like Ayahuasca and party South American style in one of the bars and clubs populating the main strip. Complete with beach, great food and nightlife, Barranco is not to be missed!

City Guide to Lima Peru - Barranco


Home to the famed Parque De Los Gatos (actually populated by cats!), artisanal markets, shopping malls and some of the best restaurants in Lima, the suburb of Miraflores is the go-to destination for those who want a taste of the old Lima mixed with the very much new. Stroll along the Malecón, complete with picturesque ocean views, browse for souvenirs in the Mercado Indio or visit the impossibly placed ancient pyramid, Huaca Pucllana. For the adrenaline junkies amongst you, there’s also the option to fling yourself off the towering cliffs at Miraflores on a paraglider!

City Guide to Lima Peru - Miraflores

Historical Center

The architecturally jaw-dropping historical center is widely appreciated as one of the best preserved areas where colonial Spanish influence is clear to the naked eye and is without a doubt one of Peru’s most beautiful and iconic neighbourhoods. Take a walk through Plaza de Armas, the main square and the one with the most impressive buildings. Visit the Catacombs beneath the stone streets, or relax topside and sip on a pisco sour in one of the many regal hotels lining the numerous squares. You can’t pass through without visiting the Cathedral De Lima, one of a crazy number of colonial churches in Peru, but certainly one of the best.

City Guide to Lima Peru - Historical Center

Barrio Chino

Taking your experience of China Town to a new level, El Barrio Chino is a mouth-watering collision of all things Peruvian-Chinese. Locally known as Chifa, the cuisine is loved nationwide and you’d be doing your stomach a disservice if you didn’t sample it! The hustle and bustle of the market streets here is electrifying and the main walkway is reminiscent of China Town’s around the world with dragon-adorned benches and lampposts on all sides.

City Guide to Lima Peru - Barrio Chino

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