12 Reasons You'll Fall In Love With Lima
Lima is located on the coast of the Pacific Ocean, and you’ll find that it boasts some of the most beautiful views of any big city in South America. Whether you are relaxing in El Parque del Amor in Miraflores or racing against the sunset in Barranco, you are sure to find a view that takes your breath away.
For all you surfers out there, Lima is one of the best urban spaces in Latin America to find some surfable waves. Although the water is usually quite cold, throw on a wetsuit and you’ll be sure to have a great time. The best part- shark attacks in Lima are almost unheard of.
When in Lima, trying ceviche is a must. Around the world, Lima is known for this fresh dish, which reflects the coastal influences on Peruvian cuisine. It is a simple dish made of just a few ingredients- freshly caught raw white fish, lime juice, peppers, and salt. Most restaurants in Lima serve countless renditions of this classic dish, so you’ll always be sure to find it.
The mild weather
The weather in Lima remains mild throughout the year which makes traveling at any time easy. In the winter, the sky does remain under a thick cover of clouds, but you never need to worry about a rainy day, as it rarely rains in Lima. If you come between December-February, you get to enjoy the beautiful sunshine and coastal sunsets too!
So. Much. Food.
Lima is home to some of the most delicious cuisine! Consistently rated as one of the top culinary destinations in the world, Peruvian cuisine combines traditional Incan flavors with influences from various other immigrant groups. For you adventurous eaters out there, make sure to try Cuy which is Guinea Pig and a popular dish served in the Andes region. You could also try some Anticuchos which is a delicious skewer of beef, chicken, or even beef heart. If you are like me and like to play it safe with food, you can’t go wrong exploring other Peruvian staples like ceviche, pollo a la brasa, Chifa, or more. No matter what you order, you can’t go wrong with the meals in Lima!
When you are taking in the views of Lima, it is not uncommon to see paragliders decorating the sky. But instead of watching them have all the fun, why not join them? You can either embark on the traditional tandem experience or go “power paragliding” where you utilize a cart for take-off (trust me it’s fun!).
Visiting old Lima is one of the best ways to observe the European influences on the development of the city. Most of the architecture has a Baroque or Moorish influence. Although many of the buildings from that period were destroyed by earthquakes, those that remain are breathtaking. Do not miss the chance to walk through the Monastery of San Francisco and explore the catacombs, or visit the Plaza Mayor in central Lima to see the President’s Palace and other historical sites.
If you are a lover of the architecture then you will also love the diverse history Lima has to offer. You can visit some of the ancient ruins located right in the city, such as Huaca Pucllana, tour some of the numerous museums such as the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, learn about the Shining Path and more.
For you shopaholics out there, Lima will be sure to help you get your fix. Visit the Inca Market in Miraflores for the chance to barter for traditional Peruvian clothing and souvenirs. You can also check out Larco Mar, which is a mall built into the bluff of Miraflores right on the Pacific Ocean. The mall is filled with some of trendy stores, but also numerous delicious restaurants for you to check out.
In the artsy, bohemian district of Barranco, the streets, alley ways, and buildings are covered in beautiful street art. If you are lucky, you can even see the artists creating something right in front of your eyes. On a sunny day or lazy evening, walking the streets of Barranco and taking in the unique art and parks makes for a lovely way to become acquainted with modern Lima.
For those of you 21 and up, tasting the classic Peruvian drink “pisco sour” is a must. Pisco is the most popular local liquor and is comparable to a colorless Brandy. The classic cocktail is a mixture of Pisco, egg white, lime juice, simple syrup, and bitters. Most restaurants serve them with their own unique twist.
I may be biased, but after living here for three months I can confidently say Lima is home to the some of the nicest people you’ll meet. Whether you are struggling to order food, looking for recommendations, or even just making conversation, the locals are sure to give you a helping hand and a laugh at the same time.