Ultimate Journeys: Travel in Peru

A day in Lima: what to do in the city?

Publicado el September 17, 2021

Escrito por: LimaTours

When we travel, we want to make the most of the time in each place we visit. We try to use every minute to get to know every corner of the city and have all the possible experiences. And Lima, as the diverse city that it is, lends itself to bringing out your explorer side and go out.

The Peruvian capital has a unique charm because it brings together countless activities for all tastes: foodies, history lovers, art fans, and even adventurers. For this reason, we recommend that you take a few extra days on your next trip to discover the charm of Lima at your own pace and in the local style.


What can you do in the "City of Kings"? We propose some fun options:

1. Travel to the past

The Historic Center, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, is a mandatory stop. As the capital of the Viceroyalty of Peru, the city is home to beautiful colonial churches, wooden balconies, catacombs, and incredible plazas. But Lima also has a pre-Inca past and you can discover it in places like Huaca Pucllana or Pachacamac, impressive archaeological sites that coexist with a modern and constantly growing city.



2. Connect with nature

Hidden among the buildings and houses of San Isidro - Lima's financial district - is El Olivar. It is a beautiful park with more than 1600 olive trees planted since colonial times. Today it is a meeting point for families or groups of friends looking to enjoy a moment outdoors, away from the noise of the city.


3. Have a coffee

The quality of Peruvian coffee is undeniable and recognized worldwide. In recent years, specialty coffee shops began to take over Lima with varieties from all over Peru. If you have a free afternoon, you can take a walk around Miraflores to enjoy this drink on the terrace of one of the places in the district.



4. A day of museum and art

If you are a fan of museums, in Lima you will find interesting spaces with exhibits for all tastes. For example, you can visit the renovated Larco Museum, considered one of the best in the world by TripAdvisor; the MALI and its exhibitions in a building full of history in Lima´s downtown, or the MAC in Barranco with contemporary art samples.


5. Listen to the waves

Lima is the only capital in the region with direct access to the Pacific Ocean, how can we not take advantage of this privilege? The Costa Verde is the city's beach circuit, very popular in summer by people who want to enjoy the sun. In winter, it is also a great open space to relax listening to the waves, do some sport or watch the sunset.

Costa Verde 02


6. Walk along the boardwalk

The Lima districts of Miraflores and Barranco are very popular for many reasons. One of them is that they are facing the sea and they have a very nice boardwalk to visit. Parks, sports spaces, games for children and shopping centers are some of the points of interest that you will find and you can visit on foot and by bicycle.


7. Discover Lima's bohemian side

Barranco is a perfect district to walk and get to know the bohemian side of the city. It has been the inspiration for many artists, such as singer and writer Chabuca Granda, and continues to be the center of the city's cultural scene. In addition, its historical side is representing in its old houses and the Puente de los Suspiros (Bridge of Sighs), an icon that you cannot miss.

Barranco 04


8. Enjoy good food

Make your visit to the gastronomic capital of the region worth every second. Eating in Lima is an experience and you will find options for all tastes and pockets. Try the street flavor with some anticuchos, appease the cold with a hot emoliente, taste our history with traditional picarones, enjoy the afternoon with a local fruit ice cream or close the night with a craft beer. You have a craving, we put the flavor.


Now that you know what else you can do in Lima, come to rediscover it. The city has adapted to the ways of traveling, improving excellent protocols and following the measures imposed by the authorities to receive you and guarantee everyone's safety.