Lima, take a private tour of a cosmopolitan city that does not sleep, the Capital of Peru, with a population of 10 million people the city is always busy, the casino and bars are heaving with the locals!
It is a very cosmopolitan city with beautiful museums and architectural delights on every corner it a place to not miss!
The Peruvians love eating, and you will understand why when you see the culinary delight on offer everywhere. The cafes and restaurants are everywhere, and it is an excellent way to watch them go about their business.
One other place you must visit would be Arequipa; the Spanish influence is still very much in evidence all over the city in its magnificent buildings and beautiful parks. Its many elegant buildings constructed of sillar, a white volcanic rock, give it an ethereal appearance and gives its nickname as "La Ciudad Blanca" or White City. Read More...
Plaza Mayor the Ceremonial Center of Lima Escorted Tours
Everywhere you go, street vendors offer a selection of sweet-toothed desserts for you to try, yummy! Take a walking tour around the windy streets. Plaza Mayor the Ceremonial Center of Lima Escorted Tours
If you love the hustle and bustle of a large city well, Lima is the right place for you. With the never ending car horns being pressed and the streets overflowing with people, you will never get bored in this amazing town.
The Plaza Mayor is worth visiting as there was where most of all the political events have played out including the Spanish inquisition where the public executions took place!!
Another place for your bucket list would be Puno, the people of Puno steal your heart with their real nature and cheeky characters.
Forget about traffic jams or the fact that you are being run over by the three-wheeled cycle tricycles (taxis by bicycle) when they decide to ride in the walkways it is part of the adventure.
The Best Things to See and Do in Lima
Parque de la Reserva
Wow, a park with an Interactive light show fountain! During a city sightseeing tour, this is spectacular to see. It either plays movies onto the fountains or music! It was an amazing experience, only please remember towels and a set of dry clothes !! ideal for families or couples! Many fountains are doing various things, and it is best to go in the evening time when the park is all lit up as it looks beautiful, we loved it!
In the heart of the city, this seaside resort is a fabulous place to visit, and it is classed as the safest area of Peru. Stunning beaches and an old lighthouse, I thoroughly enjoyed my time sitting in the bar and people watching, as the locals played a multitude of sports on the beach. The humidity is quite high at certain times of the year, but I loved the shopping, so it was worth it! Great place and a bit posh as well!
A strange place to build a neighbourhood around a pyramid! But a fabulous place to visit and still worth going to see, while in Lima. Always take water and wear comfy shoes and cover your head as it can get scorching climbing these old ruins. A private tour takes around 2 hours and in the middle of these ruins is a fabulous little restaurant offering fantastic food! We enjoyed learning the history of the pyramid from our guide.
Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco
The cathedral has an incredible history and is best seen with a private tour guide, the catacombs for me were my favourite part of the tour seeing the skeletons.! However, no photos are allowed at all which was a shame. The pictures are also very strange to see in a cathedral, for example, a surgeon operating on a patient! But that made it even more exciting for us. The place is seeped in with history!
What an honestly beautifully well-maintained museum, the staff was fantastic and very informative on our private guided tour. There are over 47,000 ceramic artefacts from all cultures of Peruvian life. The facial features were astounding on the live exhibits. The place is beautiful with a restaurant in the garden area serving the local cuisine. The erotic section was an eye opener !!
A hidden wee gem of a place! Very bohemian atmosphere so this is an ideal location for artists and musicians. The nightlife is fantastic and the hot spot of Peru ! Having a wander in the daytime on a city tour is also lovely as there is a beautiful bridge called the Bridge of Sighs and a great place to look down to the ocean. With plenty of parks to sit and relax in as well.
Cerro San Cristóbal
Want to see the whole of Lima? Then this is the place to go. The hill is very high, and towers above the town at 409 meters high! The views from the top are phenomenal with Lima and the Pacific Ocean in the backdrop. The private tour guide was exceptional and very informative about the history of Lima. There is a massive cross at the top which is lit up in the evenings, Beautiful place to see. There is also a museum.
El Parque del Amor
Want to make a wish? There is a beautiful ornate fountain in the park, get your coins in and make your dreams come true. If you want just to chill out and relax this a perfect place to do it and watch the hang gliders fly down over the ocean. There are many stalls offering food and drinks, so grab a drink and chill under a palm tree and watch the sunset!
Casa de la Literatura Peruana
If you love to read, you will find this library incredible! The Peruvians love to read, and you will see the history behind this and discover the exhibitions. The setting itself is unique as its set within an old railway station! The setting is stunning with poetry written on the windows and stairs. A beautiful place to visit while in Lima, with no entry fee.
Going to Lima, you need to enter this beautiful archaeological site into your plans, dating back to the Pre-Inca times. There is still a lot of unearthing to do as it's a huge religious site, it is located looking over the ocean, on a hill. It can get hot so take comfortable footwear, plenty of water and a sunshade! It is better if you take a guided tour of the museum where the history is explained in great detail.
Travel Tips for Lima
Best Time To Visit
The best time to go again depends on what you wish to do if you want to trek up the mountains go when the weather is not too cold and wet. Lima also has many religious festivals so if you want to partake in this always double check your dates before arriving, although most months there are usually one or two ceremonies to see. Fantastic sightseeing guided tours available for this region.
The prices are fairly reasonable for accommodation as long as you've prebooked in advance. Also, try and reserve taxis and not just stop one on the street as it will be double the cost. Food and drink are again good prices, and the little street stalls sell lovely snacks cheap. Only take out a small amount from the ATM as and when you need it, and a lot if you are going to the casino !!
Know Before Visiting
As with most large cities coming to Lima, you won't be surprised to know that you just need to be aware of your surroundings at all times, especially your handbags and wallets keep them safely tucked away. The currency used is Nuevo Sol and is better to be given in small denominations as it is easier for them to change. Most places will not accept Visa or Mastercard so just take cash from atm as and when required. Private tours are very reasonable!
Lima is a place that can be visited most months of the year. The weather changes from from tropical breezes, to artic weather conditions or an arid desert climate! It is the driest city in Peru, so it really depends on when you want to go and if you want to go on a tour trekking or just to chill out at the many casino and bars.