MUST SEE SIGHTSEEING for Lima, Peru
The area outside the airport into downtown is not very beautiful – I hope it doesn’t leave a bad impression on you about this truly beautiful city with such a rich culture. Lima is BUSTLING! Very friendly people (many we met spoke such good English!). Everything is also relatively cheaper.
A favorite amongst the locals
It’s a small, bohemian beach city south of Miraflores
Barranco (huge tourist area with preserved tradition for many years), the houses and bridges are more than 300 years old and it’s very interesting to explore.
Upscale area above the ocean; a touristy posh city a bit farther from downtown, but much safer.
This city is the “new” center of Lima; very central, and commercial area.
This mall remains on the hill and the front of the Marriott Hotel is very nice and the view is incredible!
Also can see the sea and there are numerous bars, restaurants and cafes.
- There is the whole movement of the city, many restaurants, cafes and shops.
- From there, you can walk to the seawall “Malecon” where you see the sea from the top. Similar to Santa Monica.
- Pretty beachfront mall on the boardwalk where you have a beautiful view of the ocean/beach.
- From there you can go to Parque del Amor, very picturesque.
- The benches imitate the designs of Gaudi and Barcelona.
- The views are beautiful.
- There people go paragliding, but only in the morning.
- It takes at least 45 min to get here from the airport.
3. La Punta
Close to the airport and is very nice and safe. A very nice city with a scenic waterfront to meet and relax, to eat there are many good Peruvian restaurants.
Taxi from the airport to La Punta can cost up to 50 soles
4. Downtown Lima
- PLAZA DE ARMAS– very safe, lots of police
Palacio de Gobierno
JIRON DE LA UNION Street
PLAZA SAN MARTIN
El Parque de la Muralla
Iglesia San Francisco
Estadio Futbol Club in the Plaza San Martin http://www.estadio.com.pe/
HOTEL BOLIVAR (highly recommended)
- There you can drink a Pisco Sour or chilcano (Famous and delicious typical lime cocktail) at and walk around there. Lots to see, the old colonial houses are very pretty.
MUST EAT FOOD
Plaza San Martin and Plaza de Armas
- (even food at the airport is amazing. In the Food Court, they walk your food to your table!)
- The chicken or grilled skewers are delicious:)
- Pisco Sour
- Cristal Chela (beer)
- Ceviche – There is nothing like Peruvian ceviche, NOTHING!
- Choritos a la chalaca
- Arroz con mariscos
- Empanadas (Aji de Gallina)
- Causitas (seafood on top of yellow potatoes – looks almost like sushi)
- Arroz con pollo
- The corn is HUGE
- Chica Morada (cinammon, corn, juice/drink)
- “Kebabs” or “Anticuchos” and “Picarones” at any local street food vendor
- (marinated beef heart sweets and sweet potato with fig sauce, look like donuts)
If you like seafood, you MUST try Any seafood dish that you can here.
Food in Lima has a strong Japanese and Chinese Influence, finding yourself With A plethora of exotic combos.
Peruvians don’t use “vos”, refer to spanish as “castellano” and otherwise you should follow just fine.
Limenos speak rather fast just be prepared! All asians are refered to as “chinos”, something to know 🙂
CHEVERE (which means very good or great)
Vacan = Cool
- Overall, it feels safe and comfortable in “El Centro” or all the Plazas of Lima (but outside the airport and on the way there it may not be as safe).
- Remember, that 1 in 4 people are in poverty and the thing to be “wary” about is pickpocketing.
- Don’t wear fancy clothes/jewelry
- Do not expose your camera, jewelry, watches, be discreet with your stuff.
- Only have on you what you need – only bring some money of what you would need (Ex: $50 dollars -$100 at most?)
- Leave your passport locked up at the hostel/hotel. Wear a money belt if needed. Bring copies of your passport/ID just in case.
- not diverge more than that, and as always be careful with your things, keep your wallet in your front pocket of his pants and backpack carry it forward not back, because they can open. Always take him out the camera in places that look safe as around the Plaza, but not in the streets deserted. If you’ve lived in Barcelona know how to tread carefully:)
Worse Case Scenarios/Horror Stories
- I have heard that pickpocketers have used the tactic of cutting open your purse. Some women have even put chicken wire in their purse to protect themselves.
- Other tactics are that they might distract you by spilling something on you, or falling, or showing you a map meanwhile taking your stuff. They sometimes work in teams- someone will distract you while the other takes your stuff.
- Some restaurants have chains on tables so you can chain your purse!
- Avoid tiny small taxis (that look like a cage in the back) – it’s possible that they could kidnap you and take everything or take you in the middle of nowhere and force you to pay a huge amount.
- If you’re sitting in the back of a taxi, make sure your window is rolled up and keep your valuables out of sight. It has happened in the past where someone from the street punched the window and took someone’s purse.
- Make sure it’s an actual taxi with taxi license and the meter is running.
- Always call a taxi beforehand from a legit number before hailing a taxi on the street.
Cabbies are known to be amongst The Most educated in the world, MOST Individuals Who are Highly educated just cannot find work.
- Negotiating is expected, the cab drivers generally “set rates” to some extent.
- Do not negotiate or make cab deals inside the airport, wait until you get outside, where you will be bombarded by cabbies.
- It’s common to share cab rides with other people to split the Costs
- The traffic in Lima is terrible!
- From the airport into Lima can take about 45 minutes – 1 or even 1.5 hours
- There are taxi insurance agencies you can take as a group or a mini bus which will cost about $25 dollars.
- A taxi from the airport to downtown will cost $10-20 dollars ($40 at most) while from the street will cost $20.
$10 dollars = 20 soles
$20 dollars = 30 soles
Don’t pay more!
- The taxis from the airport are much safer.
- To return to the airport can call a local taxi service, TAXI SATELLITE which is cheap and safe. The phone is: 355-5555. Go into a restaurant and ask them to call the taxi. It takes about 20 minutes to come.
- Or you can always ask the hotel to call a taxi for you.
Special taxis: Molina (3489888)
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