What to do in Lima Peru - Anguro Canguro

miércoles, 1 de marzo de 2017

What to do in Lima Peru

¿What can you do in Lima Peru?

Lima is not the same as 10 years ago and is a city where you can now enjoy and see many things. In the last year I met many foreign people who, when arriving in Lima, did not "believe it was like that" and having nothing planned for the city they did not know what to do or see. Then, I will share with you all the things you can enjoy in the so-called "City of Kings".

1. Miraflores Malecón  
This Malecon is located in the district of Miraflores. Being in Miraflores you can walk to shops, restaurants, craft fairs, theaters, cinemas, parks and activities. Below the boardwalk is the "Costa Verde" highway that connects easily with the airport (you should not go down to take a taxi as it is a high speed highway, taxis are taken in the city that is located up in the city). It is a very safe area, tourist, with economic offers, luxury options and impressive sunsets during the summer (December to March).

2. The Magic Water Circuit (Water Park)
Admission price: 4 soles ($ 1.19)
Hours: From Tuesday to Sunday: 3:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Fantasy Source Show: 7:15 pm. 8:15 p.m. 9:30 p.m.

This park is very nice to visit either during the day or at night. The biggest show is at night, but if you go just before 7 pm, you can enjoy two different versions of the park in one visit (day and night). It is known as the Water Park and is included in the Guinness Book of Records for being the largest fountain complex in the world in a park. In addition, it has a water screen of 95 meters that works at night and a fountain capable of launching jets of water up to 80 meters in height.

Getting to it is very easy. It does not matter if you come from Barranco, Miraflores or San Isidro you have 3 ways to get there: Metropolitano (you would have to stop at the National Stadium station), Blue buses in Arequipa Avenue (you will see the big park) or Uber.

3. Barranco
It is the most bohemian district of Lima and more interesting than Miraflores for many, so staying here can become something special. It is located right next to Miraflores and can be reached in 10 minutes with the Blue busesl or Uber. This district has many gastronomic options during the day and very attractive bars during the night. The best place to start the tour of this district is "The Bridge of Sighs" in spanish "Puente de los Suspiros".

4. Historic Center
You can not leave Lima without knowing its historical center. The so-called Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor de Lima), is surrounded by the Cathedral of Lima (completed in 1649), The Government Palace (1938) and The Municipal Palace (1944).

Continuing along the Jirón de La Unión where there are currently cheap shops and you can see a mix of people, you can reach Plaza San Martín. This square has been a meeting point for historical events and is accompanied by the Hotel Bolivar, almost 100 years old, where you can try the Pisco Sour Cathedral.

During the night, the historical center and the surroundings of the Plaza San Martin become a kind of Gothic City where the underground culture, rock bars and canteens prevail. (Although a bit unsafe for foreigners) (during the day no problem)

To get to the historical center from Miraflores you can take Uber (15 min) or Metropolitan (20 min).

5. Catacombs and convent of the Church of San Francisco
Ticket price: 10 soles (3 dollars)

This is quite an experience. The visit traces the remains of an old monastery, catacombs where you will see thousands of bones, as it was formerly the cemetery of the time and finally the visit to a library of almost 500 years of antiquity that transports you to an atmosphere like Harry Potter in real life.

To reach the catacombs you can reach on foot from the Plaza Mayor:

6. Larco Museum
Ticket price: Adults: 30 soles / 9 dollars. Senior Adult: (+65 years) 25 soles / 7.5 dollars.
Students: 15 soles / 4.5 dollars.
Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday from 09:00 to 22:00 (including holidays, 24.25 and 31 December and 1 January from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.)

If you like the culture or museums, you will enjoy very much. It is perfectly taken care of, it has very good guides and it is very interesting. It explains different periods of Peruvian history showing marvelous treasures of incalculable archaeological and historical value. Its permanent exhibition is offered in 6 languages (Spanish, English, French, Italian, German, Japanese).

7. Huaca Pucllana
Ticket Price: 15 soles (4.5 dollars)
Opening Hours: Wednesday to Monday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. And from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm. (The night tour does not include a visit to the top of the Great Pyramid.)

One of the few remaining huacas in the Lima region of pre-Columbian times. This huaca is located in the middle of the Miraflores neighborhood (between modern buildings) which makes it very interesting during the day and with a very beautiful landscape during the night. Inside it is the restaurant of Huaca Pucllana, very good although not so economic and a small museum with archeological pieces.

8. Paragliding
Because Lima has a particular Malecon facing the sea, this type of adventure sport is performed throughout the year. To locate the point from where to hire this service is not difficult since it is located to few meters of Larcomar and in the same malecón of Miraflores. There you can contact the agencies and negotiate a price ranging from 40 to 60 dollars per flight including video.

9. Enjoy gastronomy, Pisco Sour and Peruvian cacao
You can not leave Lima without trying as much as you can from its extensive culinary offer. Lima concentrates the greatest gastronomic variety of the whole country. In Lima there is delicious food: from breakfast, fruits that do not grow in other countries, main dishes, desserts, street sweets, food in small portions as the famous anticuchos, ice cream with flavors that perhaps you never try before and more.
Places to take Pisco Sour are many but I recommend taking it in bars and just in some restaurant if you've heard they can prepare it good. In very economical places to try Pisco Sour may not be a good idea because to reduce costs do not perform a good preparation and you can be disappointed. Better spend just a little more to have a great experience with the real Pisco Sour.
Cocoa? In Peru? Yes. Peru currently produces one of the best cocoa in the world that has nothing to envy to the Swiss chocolates. If you want to try chocolates produced with excellent Peruvian cacao I recommend you visit any supermarket like Wong and buy the Domenico chocolates.

¡Enjoy your visit!

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