A fellow blogger and I had a conversation regarding cities in Peru we had both gone to and they asked if Lima was worth the effort. I responded with an enthusiastic list of places and things I thought they should not miss if they visited Lima, so I thought I should share this list! These are in no particular order.
*Parque del Amor – I really enjoyed this park, which is perched on a cliff over the beach. It has mosaic benches reminiscient of Antoni Gaudi’s Parc Guell in Barcelona with lines from poetry about love and also a huge statue of two lovers embraced in the center.
*La Mar Cebicheria (Avenida La Mar 770, Miraflores) In my hometown of San Francisco, there is a La Mar, so I had to try the original one out in Lima and was not disappointed! I ended up eating here about three times! The cocktails are delicious, the ceviche is to die for and the service is top notch! Keep in mind, like traditional cebicherias, it is open for lunch only.
*Catabombs under the Convento de San Francisco – The bones of some 25,000 plus people remain under the Convento de San Francisco. It was quite the experience to see so many bones, most of which were separated by type of bone, not a full body. Close to it is the Catedral de Lima, which is stunning and where Francisco Pizarro’s tomb is located!
*Barrio Barranco – right next to busy Miraflores, but worlds away! I loved how peaceful and beautiful Barranco it – definitely need to check out this neighborhood!
*Parque Kennedy in Miraflores – On Sundays, they have an ourdoor fair and people watch the dancing that takes place in the center. Plus, they have Picarrones!
*Enjoy a Pisco Sour at La Rosa Nautica – drinking a pisco sour in a restaurant on a pier!? nuff said 🙂
*Huaca Pucllana – I wrote a post about this Pre-Incan architectural site within Lima’s city limits, which is not to be missed!
*Paragliding over the coastline!
*Check out some of the amazing colors and mansions in Barrio Miraflores
*Dance the night away at a boliche/discoteca – Lima has a great nightlife, so if that’s your thing, I highly recommend it!
I’m sure there is so much more to Lima that I missed, but these were my favorites from my time spent there! =D